The world of local computer storage was shaken upon the introduction of the solid state drive. While the world has been tethered to the hard disk drives of old, this new form of storage is significantly faster. With this more recently popularized storage option widely available there are a few questions to ask: How does it work? Are there benefits to using an HDD instead? Why doesn’t every computer now have an SSD? Here at JMR we have the answers, read on!
What Exactly is a Solid State Drive?
A solid state drive works rather differently than your normal disk drive. An HDD traditionally is a device with moving parts. Mechanical arms that write information onto a storage platter is what we have been used to for the most part and that mechanism is a defining feature of hard disk drives, and the source their comparative sluggishness. Solid state drives are more similar to a flash drive or flash storage device in that there are no moving parts and data is stored on a chip. This explains why solid state drives are significantly quicker than traditional hard disk drives; the method in which data is written has far less hurdles.
Something people may not realize is that SSDs are much better on your computer’s power consumption than that of a traditional HDD, drawing less than half the power needed to complete tasks compared to their disk based counterparts. Another major perk is mobility: SSDs are safer to move around while in use since they’re not relying on a disk based mechanism to write data, helps that they’re lighter too! So what is the downside of having such a boost in efficiency? The answer: cost.
Benefits of using an HDD instead of an SSD
As stated above, the cost of using a solid state drive versus a hard disk drive is a major factor in people’s decision to adopt the technology. HDDs cost far less than an SSD for comparable file sizes, and are available in more size options as well. Yes, an HDD is slower overall but if you’re looking to save money they’re still very reliable. There are also hybrid drives available that provide the start up time of a SSD but have the option to natively store files on a larger HDD. Hard disk drives also can last longer than solid state drives, but compared to the average human lifespan you should be fine with either option. But if you’re backing up A LOT of data that you may not utilize in the near future, a n HDD will be the better option. As for everything else… solid state is the way to go!
Pick What’s Right for the Job
Ultimately what storage option you choose depends entirely on your needs for the project at hand. Exactly how much will you be storing onto your drive, and for how long? Will you be using it for work, and in need of jumping between tasks because of it? What about mobility and power consumption? What about noise (SSD wins this one even though we didn’t touch upon it)? Just how important is cost? More often than not you will find that an SSD is the most ideal option and we have plenty high end models to choose from here at JMR. Give us a call today and check out our latest products on our Facebook and Instagram!