In this column, The computer Guys respond to questions from readers about computers and technology.

Tim Silva of Rockland writes:

Dear Computer Guys,

"What is the difference between SSD and HDD hard drives? I’ve been told a lot of different things about both."

That’s a great question!

Let’s break down each abbreviation: SSD is “Solid State Drive,” and HDD is “Hard Disk Drive.”

In both cases, they are where all programs and personal files are stored. HDD stores this media physically on a disk and uses a mechanical means to store and retrieve the data.

SSD stores the same media on a series of flash memory chips.

So which one is better?

Well, it all depends on you as a user. Since HDD is mechanical, if you're rough with your technology one drop could destroy all your data in an HDD. An SSD, on the other hand, can withstand abuse because it has no moving parts.

For the same reason, it can retrieve data faster, so programs load somewhat quicker.

Also that old argument that SSD’s have short lives due to limited read writes has been addressed with the “Trim” protocol.

The biggest difference is price. Typically if an HDD costs $50-$150, the SSD will cost $250-$600 for much less memory, though recently prices have been dropping fast.

We love both here at EdgeTech; typically we install both on one system so you get the best of both worlds!

Montel Ross, from Waldoboro, writes:

"I accidentally deleted some files. Can I get them back?"

Montel, the computer guys have your solution. In two steps we will show you how to retrieve your files.

Step 1: Open computer by clicking the "start" button and then clicking "computer."

Step 2: Navigate to the folder that used to contain the file or folder, right-click it, and then click "restore previous versions."

This almost always works, but just to make sure also check your trash file and see if it's still in there as well.

Tech Tip of the Week:

This one is just fun! And takes place in a galaxy far far way….

1. On a windows 10 machine. In the start menu type "Telnet."

2. Hit "enter."

3. A command box will open.

4. Type a lowercase “o”.

5. Hit "enter."

6. Type ""

7. Hit "enter" and enjoy the show!

May the force be with you!

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Jacob S. Smith is owner of Edgetech. This column is paid content sponsored by Edgetech.