Solid-state drives (SSDs) are becoming more and more popular every day, but they’re still not quite as pervasive as hard disk drives (HDDs). Which should you use? Here’s everything you need to know about SSD vs HDD, including the advantages and disadvantages of each one and how to choose the right one for your needs.
What Is an SSD Drive?
An SSD drive holds more data in the same space. This means that it’s a much faster device. It also has limited read and write cycles, meaning that you’ll get a lot less use out of an SSD than you would out of an HDD. Since SSDs are so new, their cost per gigabyte is much higher than with HDDs, which can make them cost prohibitive if you’re looking to hold many terabytes of data on your drive.
For example, most people would have to pay $3-4 per gigabyte for a 1TB SSD whereas they could purchase 1TB of storage from Hitachi for about $0.25-$0.50 per gigabyte (though this number will vary depending on the vendor). While this may seem like SSDs are not worth the investment, there are many areas where they offer significant advantages over HDDs. If you need speed or redundancy, then an SSD is a great choice. If you need lots of storage but don’t want it all fast or redundant, then choose one of our other options below! You might be wondering what exactly an SSD drive is.
Simply put, it stores more data in the same amount of space, meaning that it’s significantly faster than your standard hard disk drive (HDD). The tradeoff here is longevity; because SSDs have a limited number of read and write cycles, they last considerably less time before they need to be replaced. Currently, pricing makes them difficult investments unless you plan on using up 1TB within a few years – or require high performance. Here at Choice Computers we carry both HDDs and SSDs to suit your needs – whether you want tons of storage or lots of speed.
What Is an HDD (Hard Disk Drive)?
HDDs, or hard disk drives, are the slowest type of storage you can find. An HDD contains one or more disks inside it, each with a read/write head that moves to various positions on the surface of the disks to read and write data. As the read/write head moves back and forth over the disks, a motor spins them so they stay in place.
This all happens inside an enclosure which houses a computer system’s processor and other components on top of it. The outside cover protects everything else. Hard drives can either be internal, meaning they’re built into your computer system, or external (also called external hard drive), meaning they’re not built into your computer but connect via cables.
External hard drives come in two main varieties – portable USB 3.0-powered ones that use a single cable to connect to your laptop or desktop PC, and bus-powered ones (those requiring power from the host PC) – like the Western Digital My Passport series – that require only one USB 2.0 port from your laptop or desktop PC for power.
How to Choose Between an SSD and an HDD
There are many ways to decide which type of drive is best for you. If you just want a basic data storage device, an HDD will do the job. If your computer will be doing demanding tasks and running a lot of programs at once, an SSD would be more appropriate. One example would be video editing. Since video files are so large, they can quickly fill up an HDD if you don’t want to spend hours re-sizing or compressing them before storage on your computer. An SSD offers faster read/write speeds than an HDD, which means less waiting time when opening new programs and documents.
Plus, an SSD doesn’t need to be defragmented as often as an HDD does. However, there are some disadvantages to SSDs that might turn you off. The main disadvantage is cost – while prices have come down significantly in recent years, it’s still hard to find affordable options in this market space.
It’s also important to note that after only a few years of use, an SSD may experience significant performance degradation due to its limited number of write cycles (which limits its lifespan). To learn more about how these drives compare side by side and which one might be better suited for your needs please contact us today!
The Bottom Line
Solid State Drives and Hard Disk Drives are both used to store data and have benefits. Here’s a quick comparison. SSDs, unlike HDDs, have no moving parts. While this means they are more durable, it also means that their data access speed and write/read speeds are both slower than HDDs. HDDs typically have larger storage capacities and cheaper costs per gigabyte than SSDs. If you need fast storage with good read/write speeds, then an SSD might be the better option for you.
If you need lots of storage at a cheap price, then an HDD might be best. One thing to keep in mind about hard drives is that there are two types: SATA and IDE. IDE drives tend to work best on older computers because SATA technology can only work with newer operating systems (such as Windows 8). For example, if you’re using Windows XP or earlier and want to upgrade your computer to use a new hard drive, you’ll want to get an IDE drive.
A final point to consider when looking at storage options is whether or not your computer needs support for RAID. In short, RAID allows multiple disks (either SATA or IDE) to work together by connecting them via high-speed cables into one unit where all the information from each disk is automatically synchronized between them so any changes made on one will automatically change across all disks connected via RAID. It’s important that your computer supports RAID before installing a system that has support for it!