1. Download our Official Android App: Forums for Android!

What type of hard drive do tablets have?

Discussion in 'Android Lounge' started by Phoenix777, Sep 19, 2016.

  1. Phoenix777

    Phoenix777 Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    98
    Posts:
    345
    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2016

    Jul 5, 2016
    345
    106
    98
    I found information and specs on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 and other tablets but nothing about whether or not thEy have A moving Parts hard drive Or a solid state Hard drive (SSD) so which is iT? Can anyone tell me?
     

    Advertisement

  2. svim

    svim Android Expert
    Rank:
     #29
    Points:
    708
    Posts:
    4,951
    Joined:
    Dec 19, 2013

    Dec 19, 2013
    4,951
    4,203
    708
    Illinois
    Tablets are essentially just smartphones scaled up in size, with a few changes of course. But the NAND Flash in our phones are the same. This link is for a Galaxy Tab and in step 13 there's a photo of the motherboard (front side) with the storage memory chip highlighted in red:
    https://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/Samsung+Galaxy+Tab+Teardown/4103
     
  3. Phoenix777

    Phoenix777 Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    98
    Posts:
    345
    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2016

    Jul 5, 2016
    345
    106
    98
    Interesting article! So NAND Flash hard drive is a type of SSD (flash drive) ?
     
  4. The_Chief

    The_Chief Accept no imitations!
    VIP Member
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    2,118
    Posts:
    13,886
    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2009

    Nov 17, 2009
    13,886
    14,066
    2,118
    Male
    I'm retired: every day's a Monday :P
    Manchester, TN
    Actually, it's more like the opposite. SSDs are all microchip storage with no moving parts. Exact same thing with flash memory, jump drives, SD cards...
     
    svim, Phoenix777 and Hadron like this.
  5. lvt

    lvt Android Expert
    Rank:
     #42
    Points:
    533
    Posts:
    2,698
    Joined:
    Jan 30, 2013

    Jan 30, 2013
    2,698
    1,261
    533
    Male
    Paris <--> Taipei
    In some cheap devices you can find a SD card glued to a connector and used as internal memory.
     
  6. Hadron

    Hadron Smoke me a kipper...
    VIP Member
    Rank:
     #9
    Points:
    2,468
    Posts:
    24,929
    Joined:
    Aug 9, 2010

    Aug 9, 2010
    24,929
    19,450
    2,468
    Spacecorp Test Pilot
    Dimension Jumping
    SSDs, flash drives, sd cards and a phone's internal storage are all solid state storage. The difference with an SSD is mainly in the storage controller. That's why The Chief says it's the other way round: an SSD is a type of semiconductor storage device, but other semiconductor storage devices are not SSDs.
     
    #6 Hadron, Sep 20, 2016
    Last edited: Sep 20, 2016
    svim, Phoenix777 and The_Chief like this.
  7. Phoenix777

    Phoenix777 Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    98
    Posts:
    345
    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2016

    Jul 5, 2016
    345
    106
    98
    Yes that's correct... That's what I'm saying. So I'm asking, Does my tablet have a hard drive like that? No moving parts? Like a ssd? Nand=ssd?
     
  8. Phoenix777

    Phoenix777 Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    98
    Posts:
    345
    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2016

    Jul 5, 2016
    345
    106
    98
    Ok so what does my tablet have exactly? Lol A hard Drive with moving parts or no moving parts like ssd?
     
  9. Hadron

    Hadron Smoke me a kipper...
    VIP Member
    Rank:
     #9
    Points:
    2,468
    Posts:
    24,929
    Joined:
    Aug 9, 2010

    Aug 9, 2010
    24,929
    19,450
    2,468
    Spacecorp Test Pilot
    Dimension Jumping
    The first reply answered that one. It's *exactly* like a phone, a NAND chip soldered to the board (but not technically a SSD, which has a specific meaning).
     
    Phoenix777 likes this.
  10. Phoenix777

    Phoenix777 Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    98
    Posts:
    345
    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2016

    Jul 5, 2016
    345
    106
    98
    Ok so.... No moving part, correct?
     
  11. Hadron

    Hadron Smoke me a kipper...
    VIP Member
    Rank:
     #9
    Points:
    2,468
    Posts:
    24,929
    Joined:
    Aug 9, 2010

    Aug 9, 2010
    24,929
    19,450
    2,468
    Spacecorp Test Pilot
    Dimension Jumping
    Absolutely. No moving parts. No Android tablet I've ever heard of uses an actual HDD (they'd be a bad choice for a tablet: too bulky, too fragile, use too much power).
     
    Phoenix777 likes this.
  12. jerrspud

    jerrspud Well-Known Member
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    38
    Posts:
    151
    Joined:
    Feb 24, 2012

    Feb 24, 2012
    151
    21
    38
    correct that the "solid" part. In the old days a radio would have tubes inside that had moving parts. "Solid State" electronics meant no moving parts. A hard drive is spinning like a record, but a SSD "solid state drive" has no moving parts.
     
    Phoenix777 likes this.
  13. codezer0

    codezer0 Android Enthusiast
    Rank:
     #111
    Points:
    123
    Posts:
    652
    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2013

    No tablet maker with any sanity would put a spinning hard drive in a tablet. The power consumption factor alone rules it out. Let alone physical size and speed factors.

    Supposedly, some tablets can be upgraded with better storage from an SD slot externally, with a few having their boot drive be an m.2 interfaced ssd. That would be a treat for speed and capacity.
     
    Phoenix777 likes this.

Share This Page

Loading...