How to Choose Between an SSD and HDD?

Are you planning to buy a new laptop or looking to upgrade your desktop’s hardware? If you’re running out of storage space or your old hard disk has worn out, it’s time for an upgrade. When it comes to buying a new laptop or storage component, most people get confused between HDDs and SSDs. Users are often unable to decide whether they should get a traditional hard disk drive or buy the latest SSD.

Choosing between HDD and SSD largely depends on your needs and factors like speed, capacity, cost, and lifespan. Both the drives have certain pros and cons and each buyer needs to make a decision based on personal needs, preferences, and of course budget. Desktop users have the advantage of installing both types of hard drives at once. However, if you’re looking to choose one, it’s important to first understand the difference between SSDs and HDDs. Both these storage media have some advantages and disadvantages, and deciding on which type is right for you comes down to computer usage. In this post, we’ll dive into the basics of SSD and HDD technology, as well as the pros and cons of each to help you make an educated decision. Read further to know which drive can be the right choice for you.

What is HDD?
A traditional hard disk drive is made up of magnetic tape and has mechanical parts inside. Most desktop computers have HDDs that stores the operating system, as well as any applications you install and your other data. This old-school storage device comprises mechanical platters and a moving read/write head to access data. Over the years, HDD technology has been improved resulting in increasing their storage capacity and decreasing their physical size. But since these drives rely on spinning disks, or platters, to read and write data, they are often slow and vulnerable to damage. These mechanical parts take more time than electronically finding and retrieving data. Moreover, if dropped or handled inappropriately, the moving parts may fail.  But there are also some advantages of using HDD. These drives are best suited for mass storage at a more affordable price. HDDs are less expensive than solid-state drives for the same amount of storage. The commercial HDDs are available in capacities up to 12TB while the enterprise hard drives have even larger capacities. This makes HDDs good for storing lots of large files, photos, videos, and games.

What is SSD (Solid State Drive)?
A solid-state drive (SSD) is a newer, faster type of device that uses flash memory. This type of drive is like a large USB drives that deliver superior performance and durability. It works on NAND technology which is a kind of flash memory. Unlike a traditional hard drive, a solid-state drive has no moving parts. The absence of moving parts makes SSDs more durable. These drives run cooler and use less energy than HDDs. The more NAND memory chips an SSD has, the more storage capacity it has. The older models of SSDs have lower capacities than HDDs. But with technological advancements, you can now get SSDs with terabytes of storage. But SSDs with higher capacity will come with a high price tag. But if the price is not an issue, SSDs offer faster speed and superior performance.