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Date:      Thu, 15 Oct 2020 14:35:54 +0100
From:      Steve O'Hara-Smith <>
Subject:   Re: A couple of questions about SSDs
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On Thu, 15 Oct 2020 08:43:10 +0200
Ralf Mardorf <> wrote:

> Maybe HDD are more fragile than SSD.

	Of course they are, hard discs are complex mechanical systems
operating at ludicrous precision. The astonishing thing is that they're as
robust as they are. The first PC hard disc I ever saw (and helped install
in a Torch prototype) was a 5Mb drive in full height 5 1/4" format - it
came in a large wooden box and was suspended in the middle by a set of
springs to the corners. The mounting instructions were long and full of
dire warnings.

	Modern hard discs can be thrown and caught (dropping is
inadvisable) which I find impressive. SSDs are ... well solid and won't be
bothered by being dropped a few feet.

Steve O'Hara-Smith <>

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