Gettin Spinny With It

Since the invention of disk storage, a drive with spinning platters has been the standard in nearly all computers. Then something interesting happened in the early 2000s: storage on chips became cheap enough to replace a “spinning” hard drive. Hence, Solid State Drives (SSDs) were born. But were they better than the old standard? Andrew Cunningham at Ars Technica has the rundown. Over their first four years of service, SSDs fail at a lower rate than HDDs overall, but the curve looks basically the same—few failures in year one, a jump in year two, a small decline in year three,…