Although solid-state drives (SSDs) have been in limited use since the 1990s, they are rapidly gaining ground in the laptop market—Apple offers a 64GB SSD in the MacBook Air. As SSDs fall in price and grow in capacity, they may eventually overtake the venerable hard disk as the data storage standard in both desktops and laptops. If they aren't already, IT professionals should be up to speed on these up-and-coming storage devices. The following pop quiz is a chance for you to test your current knowledge of solid-state drives.Note: Unfortunately, our poll tool, which I use to create each pop quiz, doesn't let me indicate a correct answer after each question. To keep from giving away the answers before everyone has a chance to test his/her knowledge, and ruining all the fun, I'm going to hold off posting the answers until next week.
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