Out with the old, in with the new? SSD vs. HDD

Solid-state drives (SSD) and hard-disk drives (HDD) are the two main storage competitors in the ever-lasting debate to consumers, and they each have their pros and cons. Each is made differently, but for this dispute, the SSD comes in first place. 

The HDD is like a well-tuned machine that never stops. Ever. As long as your computer or laptop is on, the mechanism is hard at work writing and reading data, also the main reason for its eventual demise. An HDD works almost like a record player, containing a circular magnetic disk, also called a platter. The platter spins, using tiny little moving arms to read or write data onto the disk as it passes. The faster the disk spins, the faster the HDD works, which impacts the rate at which the device loads data, and how long it takes for the operating system to respond. The never-ending rotation of the mechanisms means the more use they get, the faster they wear down and fail. 

A SSD stores data on flash memory disks that can hold data without the presence of power supply. The SSD does not have any moving parts making it more durable. The lack of moving parts gives the SSD a much smaller and compact size compared to its older counterpart. Some more advantages of the SSD is the boot time is only approx. 10 seconds, since it does not have moving parts it does not make noise or vibrations, and fragmentation of the drive is not necessary to store data. 

In the debate between an SSD and HDD, a big difference you’ll also note is the price. SSDs are frequently more expensive per gigabyte than traditional hard drives. Nevertheless, it’s worth observing that some SSDs are more pricey than others. The rise and demand of the SSD started with big-ticket prices making consumers consider switching over from the extremely affordable HDD, but because the technology has been around for a while, certain SATA III SSDs aren’t that extremely over-priced than a traditional hard drive.  

As the storage scene grows rapidly, SSDs are becoming much more popular than HDDs. We don’t endorse purchasing a system that only has an HDD in it, as you’ll miss out on a much sharper PC usage experience. The price difference will be well worth it, if there is one at all, and the result is noticeable every time you turn it on.