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Kingston Solid State Drives
Kingston solid state drives are data storage devices for PC and Apple computers. Unlike hard disks, solid state drives (SSDs) have no movable parts. Instead, all data in the drives is stored permanently on internal microchips. Customers can choose internal drives that can be installed inside their computers or external plug-and-play drives. Kingston SSDs use less than half the energy of standard hard disk drives, reducing energy usage and overall costs.
Internal Kingston Solid State Drives Staples carries a wide range of external and internal solid state Kingston drives. For internal use, buyers may wish to look for slim-width drives that are easy to maneuver into tight places. A good size for a notebook would be a 2.5-inch drive, which weighs less than 2.05 ounces. For desktops, a 2.5-inch drive is too small to fit in most drive slots. Instead, look for a drive that is a minimum of 3.5-inches wide. Some Kingston SSDs have an adaptor kit to fit a smaller drive into a desktop slot.
Without any movable parts, internal drives stay cool, making them a good addition to compact desktop and notebooks. A cool drive is also a good choice in areas with high heat and humidity. To completely replace existing internal drives, upgrade kits may be required. Staples carries several drive options with included upgrade kits.
External Solid State Drives An external drive is an easy way to add extra storage or boost any device's power. With shockproof cases, bumps and drops won't cause any damage to the drives during transport. An external drive is conveniently portable. They're an excellent choice for those who use the drive with multiple devices or transfer data between laptops and desktops.
Another option for laptops are mini-SATAs. These are 1.2 inch x 2 inch, .24-ounce solid drives that are made for the mini-PCI Express slots of some laptops. For top performance, consider a Kingston drive that comes with a SandForce SATA Rev 3.0 hub controller. The hub controller is what increases the drive's speed. It can boost data transfer rates up to 6GB/s. Drives that use SandForce do not use DRAM, which helps to increase the drive's efficiency and reduces the overall cost.
Choose a Processor Speed and Storage Size Consider your needs when choosing a processor speed. If you are just looking for extra storage, consider a speed in line with your budget and concentrate on storage size. For gaming, improving boot time, reducing lag, increasing drive speeds or complete drive replacements, look for higher speeds. Kingston offers file copy and writes speeds of up to 500MB.
Kingston solid state drives offer plenty of data storage. Standard capacities range from 100GB to 500GB. A 500GB hard drive can store about 100,000 photos or 125,000 MP3 audio files. Use 480GB drives or higher as boot drives or to completely replace hard disk drives. When replacing an existing drive, choose solid state drive packages that include cloning software. These CDs allow users to copy all of the information from their existing hard disk drive onto the new solid drive. Kingston drives are compatible with all supported Microsoft Windows and Apple operating systems.