If you’ve purchased a computer in the past few years, you may have noticed a new option in the specs- solid state hard drive (SSD). But, you might not be sure how it differs from a traditional hard disk drive (HDD). To help sort the differences for you, we’ve put together a list of our top 5 reasons SSDs are better than HDDs.
1. The Need for Speed- SSDs read and write at a faster rate than traditional hard drives. This is due to two main reasons, file fragmentation and how data is written to the drive. HDDs save data in such a way that complete files can be saved in parts, meaning if files are deleted and new files replace the space, they too can be saved in different parts. This leaves gaps throughout the drive, causing ‘fragmentation’. Over time, this can cause the drive to take longer retrieving information and files. On the other hand, SSDs save information using electric flash memory, which doesn’t fragment. Not only do SSDs and HDDs save data differently, but they both use different methods to read and write. HDDs utilize a moving arm that physically writes on a rotating magnetic platter, starting with the exterior and moving inward. SSDs save much like a USB stick, electronically, and don’t have any physically moving parts so they inherently boot, launch and run apps, and transfer files faster. For those of you who do several things at once on your computer, it means multi-tasking with an SSD is much quicker.
2. They Work Smarter, Not Harder- From a function standpoint, an SSD and an HDD do the same thing- store and retrieve data. But, that’s where the similarity ends and, as with speed, energy usage between the two are very different. Because an SSD stores data on interconnected flash memory chips that retain the data, they are more energy efficient than an HDD which again, requires physical movement. While this may seem insignificant it can significantly benefit businesses with many computers and/or servers that are looking to save money or reduce their carbon footprint. It’s also great news for users just looking to maximize battery power in a portable system.
3. Shhhh…- Once again, a lack of moving parts works in the SDD’s favor and makes it our favorite in the noise category. Unlike the HDD, which requires a magnetic spinning platter, the SDD utilizes flash memory technology. Not only can it maintain a more consistent operating temperature meaning less use of noisy fans, but the drive itself is also oh so quiet.
4. Tough, like Chuck Norris- We’re kidding. Nothing is really that tough, except Chuck Norris himself. But, without moving parts, SSDs are much more durable than HDDs. They can sustain higher shock and vibration environments, as well as extreme temperatures. Whether you’re on the go with your computer or just like to use a portable device at home, an SSD will be a much better friend to you than an HDD if your computer is accidently dropped or your system shaken while operating.
5. Super-sized flexibility- We love that this hard working piece of tech can be used a few different ways. Besides acting as a solo hard drive in your computer, or working alongside an HDD as a powerful hybrid solution, SSDs can also be connected externally with a USB cable. Think of it as a giant flash drive!
At this point, you’re probably wondering why SSDs don’t just come standard in computers. The reason is simple and actually quite common with newer technology- cost. There’s good news on that front though! We’re currently seeing the price of SSDs drop for small to mid- storage needs, which means often times they can be very affordable options. The larger capacity drive can still be a bit pricey, but not to worry! There are many great options that can give you the durability and peace of mind without breaking your budget. Give us a call, we’d love to find the best solution for your next PC, laptop, or server- 509-663-TECH.