Your SSD is fast, but it’s got a dirty side

Every PC user appreciates an SSD. They’re fast, they sip power, they’re tiny, and they don’t make any noise. The stalwart mechanical hard drive isn’t going anywhere though, at least for the next few years, thanks to their density and $/GB advantage. Turns out, those aren’t the only advantages the HDD has. That HDD may have a lower lifetime carbon footprint too.

According to a study (opens in new tab) carried out by the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of British Columbia (via Tom’s Hardware (opens in new tab)), SSD manufacturing is quite an intensive process. The cost of NAND flash, the controller chips, and all the advanced components is high, as are the energy requirements to produce them.

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