The year 2013 is rapidly approaching. During 2012, we have seen many technological advancements and innovations. Data storage is one topic that received a lot of attention over the past year. The SSD (Solid State Drive) has evolved into a reasonably cheap and extremely fast method of working with your data. Many months ago, SSDs were always thought of as being expensive and limited in capacity. Today, SSDs are steadily decreasing in price and increasing in storage capacity. With these two large disadvantages becoming less and less significant, could we see the traditional HDD become an ancient artifact by the end of 2013?

On the surface, it may seem like the answer is obvious. The advantages of using an SSD seem to eliminate any possibility of a disadvantage. However, users typically read over the disadvantages that may lead to problems in the long run. While SSDs are increasing in capacity, 250GB is not nearly enough for the majority of users. SSDs also have a limited number of writes. Those who are consistently writing data to their hard drive may find themselves running into errors and warnings down the road. While there are far less disadvantages as opposed to advantages, this is an issue that should be addressed when considering the purchase of storage device.

On the other end, SSDs are durable, fast, relatively affordable, and far more power efficient compared to HDDs. Currently, I can purchase a 250GB SSD for only $179. Two years ago, it would be a miracle to discover a similar drive for under $300.

In conclusion, I do not believe that SSDs will replace HDDs in 2013 simply due to the fact that the technology is still young and needs time to develop. I believe that, for now, SSDs and HDDs will co-exist simultaneously. Working with just one type of drive is difficult. The speed of an SSD combined with the storage space of an HDD makes a perfect match.

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