Computer Hardware

by Olivia Rudd

Hard Drive/SSD

A solid-state drive (SSD) (sometimes referred to as a "solid-state disk" or "electronic disk") is a data storage device that uses integrated circuit assemblies as memory to store data persistently. SSD technology uses electronic interfaces compatible with traditional block input/output hard disk drives. SSDs do not employ any moving mechanical components, which distinguishes them from traditional magnetic disks such as hard disk drives (HDDs) or floppy disks, which are electromechanical devices containing spinning disks and movable read/write heads. Compared with electromechanical disks, SSDs are typically less susceptible to physical shock, are usually silent, and have lower access time and latency. However, while the price of SSDs has continued to decline in 2012, SSDs are still about 20 times more expensive per unit of storage when compared to HDDs. 

Optical Drive Disc

Defeniton - An optical drive, commonly referred to as a CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive, is the drive in the computer that reads and writes optical discs. Optical discs are storage devices used to distribute software and other consumer media.


Cables and Connections -The connection from the monitor to the computer uses a specific cable. The cable comes with the  monitor. The other side of the connector cable is usually color-coded on the computer so that users know where to attach the cable to the motherboard. Additionally, a monitor comes with a power cable. These two cables are the only wires needed when installing a new monitor on a computer.