Solid State SSD Disk Drives Turbo-Charge Apple Macs - Old and New

With Apple computer now offering Solid-State disk drives as build-to-order options, and aftermarket SSD drive upgrades now available for older Macs -- There's opportunities to experience ultra-fast flash disk performance you'll love.
June 5, 2009 - PRLog -- Flash memory computer storage drive technology has advanced at an amazing pace in 2009. SSD's -- Solid-State disk drives are now moving beyond military, industrial and IT/enterprise uses into the hands of the consumer market at a pace to match the performance of SSD drives themselves. The latest crop of SSD's now handily meet or beat the speeds of the fastest traditional spinning-platter drives on the market.

For Apple computer users; ultra-fast, silent SSD drives were introduced first in the MacBook Air. But now they're available as a Build-To-Order option with other MacBook laptops as well at the Apple Store Online.

For existing Mac owners, a wide range of aftermarket SSD's are available from companies such as OCZ, Intel, Patriot, Cavalry, SuperTalent and more. Recent updates in particular to the controller chips used in SSD drives, as well as advances in NAND flash chip technology have taken SATA interface storage performance to high-levels. In fact, the latest crop of SSD drives are starting to push the limits of the Serial ATA II specification - an indication of just how blazingly fast these solid-state drives can transfer data.

The top-performing enterprise-class SSD's are based on SLC - Single Layer NAND flash technology enabling the fastest write speeds as well as longevity. SLC memory cells can be written to far more often than lower cost MLC - Multi-Layer flash memory. However, MLC SSD drives make better use of silicon real-estate on the chips, and so provide more affordable storage and in larger drive capacity within affordable reach of consumer wallets.

Do-It-Yourselfer Macintosh owners may find a valuable Mac-specific resource for assessing the current state of the SSD drive marketplace, track current price and performance, and learn about the SSD upgrade and replacement issues for various Mac models. While some Macs make replacing a drive easy, other models are a duanting task. For the latter - professional installation - or perhaps just planning on including an SSD drive in their _next_ Apple computer may be the best option.

Solid-State drive technology isn't 'The Future Of Disk Storage'. It's here today, it runs Mac OS X beautifully, and can dramatically  and affordably improve your productivity with the sheer speed in which you can  start-up, launch and switch Mac applications, save your data, and get on to the next activity.

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