Solid State Drive or a Hard Disk Drive?

Solid State Drive or a Hard Disk Drive? 

 HARD DRIVE AND SSD DRIVE

 

You’ve probably noticed both terms used when discussing storage for your computer. But which is right for you?

 

First, a quick refresher. 

 

Solid State Drives (SSD) and Hard Disk Drives (HDD) both store content on your computer. These are non-volatile storage; if you put something on these drives, it will remain there. This is only where your stored data goes, and has nothing to do with RAM. While a SSD and HDD serve very similar purposes, they do it very differently.

 

A Hard Disk Drive is the more traditional option, and has been in use for over 50 years. A HDD relies on spinning disks to read and write data. A HDD is heavy (in comparison to a SSD), but tends to be a cheaper option. They also traditionally have more storage space - a crucial demand for many users. 

 

The HDD requires mechanical parts to physically find and retrieve your data, which can be more time consuming than a SSD drive. As with all mechanical parts, they can fail. 

 

A Solid State Drive is a new type of hard drive. It stores your content on interconnected flash-memory chips. SSD drives are similar to USB thumb drives, except much more reliable, and considerably faster. A SSD is smaller than a traditional HDD, and due to their size can be mounted or placed in different locations in your computer. 

 

As we mentioned, SSD can be more expensive, and generally speaking tend to be smaller storage drives. However, the SSD boasts faster load times, and uses less energy as well as running cooler. With no mechanical parts, they tend to be more reliable.

 

If your focus is simply storage space, or you’re on a budget, HDD is the better choice. But if you’re focused on speed, reliability, or even energy consumption, SSD is the choice. 

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