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The WD BLUE SSD – Review

Are you looking to buy a new laptop, since the old has almost given away? Hold on, maybe you don’t need to make such a big investment. An SSD can revive your old laptop and improve the performance by leaps and bounds!

You must have worked with external hard drives in the past. External hard drives are ubiquitous, cheap, and great for backing up your files. However, if you are a video editor or a gamer who need more space to hold games, or have large number of photo files – then SSD technology is the way to go.

What is an SSD?

solid-state drive (SSD) is a solid-state storage device that uses integrated circuit assemblies as memory to store data persistently. SSD technology primarily uses electronic interfaces compatible with traditional block input/output (I/O) hard disk drives (HDDs), which permit simple replacements in common applications. New I/O interfaces like SATA Express and M.2 have been designed to address specific requirements of the SSD technology.

Difference between HARD DRIVES & SSDs:

The traditional spinning hard drive is the basic non-volatile storage on a computer. That is, information on it doesn’t “go away” when you turn off the system, as is the case with data stored in RAM. A hard drive is essentially a metal platter with a magnetic coating that stores your data.

An SSD does functionally everything a hard drive does, but data is instead stored on interconnected flash memory chips that retain the data even when there’s no power present. The chips can either be permanently installed on the system’s, on a PCI Express (PCIe) card, or in a box that’s sized, shaped, and wired to slot in for a laptop or desktop’s hard drive. These flash memory chips are of a different type than is used in USB thumb drives, and are typically faster and more reliable. SSDs are consequently more expensive than USB thumb drives of the same capacities.

WD BLUE SSD:

WD BLUE SSD

Western Digital have come to the market with aggressively priced products that offer reliable performance. The SSD we are looking at is the new Blue series 2.5 inch 250GB variant. Like most SSD’s, the blue is compact and takes up very little space. In fact, it can be tucked away almost anywhere without much of a problem. It’s also super lightweight.

2.5 inch

All the three variants of the WD BLUE series come with a 3-year warranty. This was limited by WD with a terabyte written (TBW) endurance rating. TBW rating serves as a basic guideline for the amount of data you can write on the SSD before the warranty expires. The WD Blue offers increased endurance compared to the X400. The 1TB Blue sports a 400TBW rating while the comparable X400 shipped with a 320TBW rating. The Blue 500GB offers 200TBW, and the 250GB provides 100TBW of endurance.

The 250GB WD Blue SSD is available on Amazon.in for Rs. 8,643.65.

 

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