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Benefits Of a SSD Versus a HDD

This article was written as a response to the question: HDD versus SSD?
Should you get an SSD? SSDs feature high data transfer speed which make your computing experience more fluid and responsive. IF you can afford an SSD then it will be an investment you will not regret..... As the prices fall on SSDs more and more people can now afford them... SSDs are blazing fast... HDD should only be used to store large files...

Intro

SSD stand for Solid State Drive and are a new type of data storage technology. Although they have been used in servers for a few years, the price compared to a Hard Drive Disk (HDD) was way too much for the mainstream consumer. SSDs' are becoming increasingly more and more popular with the price of the technology dropping. As well as the flood in Thailand which caused HDDs' to become in shortage and therefore up there prices has made SSD a viable solution for more mainstream consumers.

SSD

Advantages of a SSD:

  • Speed
  • Power Efficiency 
  • Durability 

Disadvantages of a SSD:

  • Price
  • Capacity 
  • Reliability (If not bought from a reputable manufacturer) 

Above we see that if you want speed, power efficiency and durability then a SSD might just be for you. As long as you buy from a reputable manufacturer you will see your computer blaze through every day task and make your computer seem way faster than it actually is. Then only downside to all of these benefits is that you will pay a premium for them as SSD are more expensive on a per gigabyte basis. You can expect to 200$ for a SSD with a capacity of 120GB while 200$ will get you a much slower but far larger HDD with a 2TB capacity.

As an upgrade for an old computer or laptop, a SSD will blow your mind with performance you would expect on 1000$ systems running next gen hardware. If you are building a new PC then you might want to look at getting a SSD for a boot drive as it will give you many of then benefits of a SSD with the ability to store large amounts of files on your HDD.

HDD

Advantages of a HDD:

  • Price
  • Capacity

Disadvantages of a HDD: 

  • Speed
  • Durability 
  • Power Efficiency

HDD are the traditional means of storing data and almost every computer has one. They are great for storing large amounts of files cheaply. Some of the problems that arise from using a HDD is that they might be a little slow and sluggish when using the computer normally. And they will be really slow when writing huge files to them and opening those huge files. Since HDD rely on moving magnetic platters they use more power than a SSD and make them less viable for low-power systems such a laptops and ultra-portables. 

Conclusion

As you can see SSD and HDD both have their pros and cons and it is up to you to decide which on would be the best for your situation. If you need to store large files then go with an HDD, if you want speed and can sacrifice some capacity as well as some cash then go with an SSD as you will not regret your purchase.  

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Comments (2)

My son recently bought an SSD and uses it as his boot up drive.  He's been trying to convince me to install one too.  He told me that startup would be really outstanding.  I'm still thinking about.  Thanks for the interesting article.

I highly recommend it as a boot drive as you can pick up a 60gb ssd for about 100$.

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