|There Are Three Current Types Of Storage Drives
SATA3 SSD (Solid State Drive) - These drives connect to your system just like a regular hard drive, but there are no moving parts and the information is stored on chips inside the drive. This is the type of storage used on all smart phones for example and has proven to be more durable and reliable than mechanical storage. The biggest advantage of these drives is that they can pass continuous streams of data more than 10x as fast as mechanical drives (up to 560 mb / sec). This turns what used to be a 30 second operation; like booting up or staring a big program, from 30 seconds to 3 seconds.
- M.2 NVMe / PCIe SSD - The most expensive & fastest for the ultimate performance machine (up to 3600 mb/sec continuous read speed)
- SATA3 SSD - The most popular current drive type & a very good price to performance balance. A huge jump from mechanical drives (up to 600 mb/sec continuous read speed)
- SATA3 Traditional / Mechanical Drive - The lowest cost drive type. Can still be used as the only drive in the system, but for best performance you should also have some type of SSD drive in the system for the operating system and applications. (continuous read speeds are approx 50 mb/sec)
You can use any combination of the three drive types in your system.