Computers require drives to store information they process. Without solid state drives or hard disk drives – typically shortened to SSD and HDD, respectively – computers would never be able to remember anything. The only things computers could remember are what’s happening in the interim – strictly the “here and now.”
Let’s dig into the central differences between rugged solid state drives (SSD) and hard disk drives (HDD), including where each drive is better – and worse- than each other.
Where Does Each Drive Store Data, And How?
An SSD utilizes collections of flash memory chips, effectively retaining all information and data it stores without being plugged up to an active power source.
On the other hand, a HDD makes use of powerful magnets that spin platters that are coated with thin, slim magnetic coatings. All HDD use small receptacles called read/write heads to make sense of the meaningful information saved on such magnets.
Further, hard disk drives have several moving parts. Solid state drives, however, never move, and remain stationary at all times.
One Is Faster Than The Other – But Which?
Hard disk drives are only as fast as solid state drives whenever the former don’t have much information saved on them. SSDs are inherently faster than their hard disk counterparts, as they access information instantly, no matter how much data is actually stored on such drives.
The Vast Price Difference Between The Two Drives
Hard disk drives are inherently cheaper than SSDs, with the average price for them typically not exceeding more than $50. Solid state drives start at about $230 – unarguably a material price difference – for an internal, one-terabyte, 2.5-inch hard drive.
Those that have enough money to afford the more expensive option should seriously consider doing so, as the power of SSDs can propel your business leaps and bounds, especially in situations where your computer speed is directly relevant to the success of your entity.
Solid State Drives Are Loads More Reliable
Because solid state drives don’t have any moving parts, you’ll find that they break far less frequently. Hard drives are destined to break if they’re dropped from lofty levels, or the computer tower that hosts them are knocked over.
If you can afford to fork over the increased costs that come with owning an SSD, there’s no question about it – do so. However, people on budgets should always spend with their means.
Shape Makes A Lot Of Difference Between The Two Drives
Hard disk drives can’t be shrunk any smaller than three to four inches in width, square. This is because they have platters – they look like CD disks, really – that must spin in order to access information.
Solid state drives, however, can be infinitely smaller than their HDD counterparts, as the memory chips they’re composed of can be quite small.
Odds And Ends
As SSDs don’t have any moving parts, they are loads quieter. However, you shouldn’t ever have problems with any hard disk drive’s noise, as it’s entirely negligible, regardless of its size.
Even if you or your business relies on a cloud storage solution to save information necessary to work as you’re slated to, it’s important to have a hard drive to back it up. If you can afford it, always go with the SSD.