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Comparison of Hard drives (HDD) VS the solid-state drives (SSD)

SSD has a more significant impact on the computer industry in modern times. But many people still use HDD in their devices. So which one is better? Here is the comparison which will help you decide which one is best for you.

 

HDD

HDD

The standard hard disk drive is a storage device on a computer. It consists of metal platters with a magnetic coating, spindle, and various moving parts to process and store data. Laptop hard drives’ standard size is the 2.5″ model while a larger 3.5″ model is usually found in the desktop computers.

 

SSD

SSD

Solid State Drive is also another type of storage device like an HDD. However, instead of storing data in a magnetic coating, an SSD store it in its flash memory chips.

So here are the comparisons

So here are the comparisons

Speed

The SSD has a faster speed than the HDD. Because of the quick processing of SSD than HDD, people usually prefer SSD over HDD. Computers with HDD will take some time to boot up the operating system, whereas the same machine with the use of an SSD will boot up within seconds and deliver fantastic speed performance.

 

Capacity

HDD is the best storage device and can be used to store various types of files. SSDs are fast, but due to their price, they cannot be used as storage devices. You will get an HDD of 1-2 TB, whereas only 500 GB SSD within the same amount. Due to the amount, HDD is always the dominant hard disk that is used for storing data.

Durability

SSD uses a non-mechanical design that is mounted on a circuit board, providing better performance and reliability. Therefore, HDDs and SSDs are similar in their physical specifications, but they store data very differently. Here are Pros and Cons of HDDs and SSDs for better comparison –

 

Pros of Hard Drive Storage (HDD)

●    Pocket Friendly – Hard Drives are a lot cheaper than SSDs. The price of an SSD is twice the amount for a Hard Drive. Therefore, there are many cases when both can offer the same capacity at two upsides down price tags.

●    Base Capacity – The storage capacity at which Hard drive starts is a lot higher than that of an SSD. That implies that hard drives will offer you more space than an SSD for the same price.

●    Accessibility – Hard drives are easily accessible, which means one can easily find them in the market places. While SSDs are not readily available, and even if you find them, then that will be at a much higher price.

 

Cons of Hard Drive Storage (HDD)

●    Energy Efficiency – A regular hard drive consumes more power than a Solid State Drive (SSD). The power that a hard drive needs to run can reduce the battery life of your laptop or computer; this is why SSD is attracting more consumers in the market places.

●    Inevitable Failure – Hard drives have a short life (3 years), and after that, you will start to face problems often that continue till its completely dead. Other factors affect the life of a hard drive like falling from a height, getting wet, etc. These are the factors that can decrease the life of hard drive storage.

●    Product Size – The manufacturing of hard drives is done in such a way that they feel much heavy to the user that makes it hard to carry the product. At the same time, no such problem is there with solid-state drives. The weight factor makes the product’s mobility difficult.  

Pros of a Solid State Drive

●    The solid-state drive is faster – Laptops and Computers with the solid-state drive can boot up within seconds while those with hard drives take several minutes. It happens because a hard drive takes time to spin (to access the information). That’s why we recommend laptop with SSDs pre-installed in them

●    High Durability – Solid-state drives are more durable than hard drives that are way more fragile. 

●    Energy-Efficiency – As the solid-state drives have no moving parts, therefore, it clears the fact that it is more energy-efficient than hard drives (that have moving parts). Hard drives consume more energy and power to spin the magnetic platter (that it uses to read the stored data). Therefore, in Hard disks, one can face the overheat issues while in the solid-state drives, there are no such problems due to its no moving parts mechanism.

 

Cons of the Solid-State drives

●    The solid-state drives are expensive – With time, the price of the solid-state drive decreases drastically to attract more consumers.

●    The solid-state drive has less capacity than a Hard Drive – HDD offers a high storage capacity that makes it a more suitable source to store the data. If you want 1TB storage space, you have to buy four SSDs while only one HDD can do that work.

●    The lifespan of SSDs – This factor depends upon how many times you write and erase the data. Higher the number of writes and erases implies more decay of cells. This decay continues to occur until the storage device can’t be used anymore, and it is observed that the lifespan of SSDs is lesser than that of HDDs.

 

These are some pros and cons of both (HDD and SSD). So, what do we conclude? Which is best? Well, the answer to this varies from person-to-person. For some people, the best product costs more bucks (Bang for the dollar), while for others, the best outcome is that which offers incredible features (speed and storage). But we would personally recommend you HDD over SSD because in HDD data recovery is secure while in SSDs, if the controller fails, then data recovery is impossible.