The Solid State Drives that are now available, with no moving parts compared to a traditional hard disk are the faster alternative to the traditional hard disk drives that are taking over as very fast boot drives. They do not have the capacity of a traditional hard disk, an SSD is available in a 128 Gigabyte capacity, whereas a platter based hard disk is available in a capacity of 3 Terabytes. On Newegg, there is this 256 Gigabyte SSD drive that is US$299.00. Compared to a much larger capacity traditional hard drive, that would be only about US$99.00 for a 1 Terabyte drive, it is expensive but the superior speed for a boot drive is worth the expense. I am hoping that the technology will continue to advance, that would give us even faster and more reliable Solid State Disks with much greater capacity. Despite concerns about the future of the technology due to the shrinking of the circuitry used to build these devices, there should be some new technology that can ensure the future of computer storage is safe.
Seagate are promising 6 Terabyte hard disks available for desktop machines and 2 Terabyte laptop drives, but 60 Terabyte hard disks are set to be available in the future. So traditional hard disks are not going away, they still dominate in terms of capacity when you have a lot of multimedia files on your computer. 256 Gigabyte USB thumb drives are now available, so the flash storage market is marked by an increase in storage capacity how big will the drives be by 2070? At least we have the technology of today and not the old hard disks that were prevalent in the dark days of computing.