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Flash Memory vs. Hard Disk Drives
Whether you use a hard disk drive or any other storage media to store your valuable data there is a chance of losing it. In a data crisis? Need data recovery service? Click Here. Hard disk drives are used as the most reliable media of storage but with the new innovations duly introduced in the storage media, a tussle is said to be created between two groups of different views. One group is consistent that USB disks or more commonly known to be the Flash Memory will take over as the sole storage media, while others are pressing on the fact that Hard Disk Drives would never get obsolete.
Flash Memory (USB Memory)
Flash memory is a non-volatile storage media that can be erased and reprogrammed electrically. These flash memories are also very suitable for data transportation and data carrying at almost any place you can reach. USB memory has achieved high place not only for people handling businesses, but also for students and gamers. It costs far less than HDD and EPROM. Many devices come under the flag of USB memory like digital cameras, digital audio players, mobile phones and several others.

Hard Disk Drives
 
Hard disk drive is a magnetic, non-volatile disk that uses rotating platters to store data. Digital data is saved on the smooth magnetic surface of the platters. They cost much more than the USB memory, but the space and speed they provide is magnanimous as compared to flash.
Flash vs. Hard Disk Drive
 
When Flash memories are compared to hard disk drives, many questions like the one noted here arise in everyone’s mind:
  • Will this competition leads to huge price drops in Hard Disk markets?
  • Will Solid-State storage take over the magnetic platters of hard disks?
  • Is Data Recovery possible in case of data loss?
  • Does this threat really exist?
  • Would the new era only be of external storage devices like Flash memory?
     
    There are different factors involved if we deepen our focus on the issue, such as:
  • Cost per MegaByte of memory increases highly for Flash memory than the Hard disk drives
  • In Flash memory, the maximum manageable limit of file size is way smaller than that of the hard disk drive, hence limiting the memory usage.
  • Data Recovery from hard disk drive is much more possible than that of flash drive.
  • For limited storage and high data transportation needs, flash memory is the best choice.
  • For applications with large number of files to be stored on the storage media, Hard disks would be an appropriate choice.

How Manufacturers are dealing with this new fight?

To stay in touch with the industry innovations, top hard disk manufacturers such as Samsung, Sony and many other are introducing devices to promote Flash memory. As Samsung is introducing SSD (solid state disks) in the market based on flash memory chips. These are said to be in-line with to compete with the hard disk storage on price medium, in years to come.

Similarly, Sony is also working on same grounds. It is launching a new model of its Vaio U laptops in which hard disks are replaced with flash memory chips. It is said to be one of the first in the line to introduce Flash Chips in hard disk’s place.

It seems like Flash chips and hard disk drives running side by side and are the most favorite competitors in storage media market. Flash can be a potential replacement for hard disks because of its high performance, noise free running, light weight, fast data access and less power consumption.

But the price factor is still the most active barrier. Hopefully, it would drop off considerably in years to come as PC manufacturers are experimenting with the flash more and more


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