Confused about HDDs and SSDs? Here's a comparison!
Both SSDs and HDDs do the same job: They boot your system, store your applications, and store your personal files. HDDs store data on a magnetic coating on top of platters. SSDs store the data on interconnected flash memory chips that retain the data even when there’s no power present.
To help you make a good choice we’ve compared the two under 6 headings:
Durability: An SSD has no moving parts, so wear & tear is minimal. It is more likely to keep your data safe if you drop your laptop bag or if your system is shaken while it’s operating. Hard drives move over the drive platter at hundreds of miles an hour when they are in operation.
If you’re rough on your equipment, an SSD is recommended.
Availability: Right now, hard drives are more plentiful. There are a lot of HDD choices from different manufacturers for the same capacities. SSD model lines are growing in number, but HDDs are still in the majority.
Price: HDD’s have been around for a while. Since they are established technologies, they’re probably going to remain less expensive. SSDs on the other hand are pricier.
Speed: SSDs are more expensive but speed is where they win. An SSD-equipped PC will boot in seconds. A PC with a hard drive requires more time to start.
Size: HDDs rely on spinning platters so there is a limit to how small they can be manufactured. SSDs can continue to shrink as time goes on. As laptops become slimmer and tablets take over as primary Web-surfing platforms, you’ll start to see the adoption of SSDs skyrocket.
Noise: HDDs emit noise when it is in use due to the drive spinning or the read arm moving back and forth. SSDs make virtually no noise at all, since they’re non-mechanical.
HDDs are still the popular choice for the majority of average consumers, simply due to the cheaper cost. However, more consumers are beginning to want top computing performance and are opting for an SSD inside their new setup or as an upgrade to their current one.
Our advice? Evaluate your storage requirements, weigh your options and pick one according to what you need.
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