ChatterBank0 min ago
Someone just mentioned SSD would be better for rendering video files, and I had never heard of it. I looked up one on Amazon and it was £300 for a 1 TB machine. Why are they expensive, and why are they better than standard external hard drives?!
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SSD has a much faster access rate than conventional drives. Conventional drives are a spinning disc with a read/write head floating above it. In order to access a particular data file the computer has to wait for the disc to spin to the right position and the arm carrying the head to move out to the correct position. This may seem fast to you but it's very slow to the computer. With a SSD the computer can access the file directly.
I'm not sure they're more reliable, infact they used to have a shorter life than HDDs but reliability has been improved enormously - I have an SSD as the main disc on both my desktop and my laptop. They are certainly more robust than HDDs since there are no moving parts on them so will not be damaged if the computer is banged or dropped.
you can replace a laptop with an ssd drive 2.5, are they fast of course, as they have no metal platter like hard drives, think of it like an usb memory stick, do they fail..yes they do, always good to backup you important data to an external usb device mem card, hardrive, question is..do i have a fast system already, defragmented extra memory etc, i would not buy one unless i had for example a system that had at least an i5 cpu, not for an old pentium cpu, upgrade and see the difference, i like i7 cpu's myself.
Can I also ask what you mean by "rendering" video. I take video and use a program called "Studio" to convert the files to BluRay discs. This involves editing to shorten/remove, re-order the files etc and then rendering to produce a file suitable for putting on a BluRay disc. Editing speed is improved using SSD but rendering speed is more dependent on the processor speed and is no better.