Hard Drives vs Solid State Drives

Years ago shopping for a storage drive was easy, you’d just look at a few diffent hard drive models with the capacity you want and buy the one with the most appealing features and best performance. If you are looking for a new storage drive now though it can be a little difficult to decide between a solid state drive or a hard drive. Both of these storage solutions have their own benefits but just what are they?

Performance

Solid state drives take the performance crown. With no moving parts, the solid state drive is able to seek for data on the flash memory quicker than a mechanical hard drive which in turn creates a more responsive system. An operating system and frequently used applications should be installed on the solid state drive for quick boot times.

Noise

Since a solid state drive has no moving parts, it does not make any noise. This is ideal for a office or home theater computer. Hard drives have moving parts which can often create vibrations and sound when the hard drive is seeking for data.

Power

A solid state drive requires less power than a hard drive. While this does not matter for the majority of desktops, laptops can benefit from this to increase battery life.

Cost

Hard drives currently offer significantly cheaper cost per GB compared to solid state drives. If you have lots of files and applications an hard drive has a advantage because of it’s affordability.

Reliability

Solid state drives generally are more reliable than a hard drive because they have no moving parts. Overtime a hard drive may wear down because of the mechanical components.

Solid state drives have the upper hand in most areas, making them a wonderful buy for use as a boot drive however, hard drives currently offer significantly cheaper cost per GB making them more suited to users who value more space than performance.

 

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