HDD and SSD – How to Pick the Right One for You

HDD and SSD – How to Pick the Right One for You

You’ve embraced the way technology works and you like to work with machines that are fast and reliable. When it comes to your laptop, you are now thinking which storage option will make more sense. Is an SSD better than the HDD? Or is it the other way around? How to make the right choice when it comes to your computer? Your needs are the best way to find out which type of storage will work best for you. I will give you a gist of the advantages and disadvantages of SSD and HDD to make it easier for you to choose.

What is an HDD?

Hard Disk Drives have roamed the world for a longer period of time than SSDs. The technology used in an HDD was introduced by IBM in 1956. Data is stored in a rotating platter. The performance of the HDD is directly proportional to the speed at which the platter spins. Currently HDDs are available in 2.5” and 3.5”. The extra inch allows for more data to be stored. The hard drive connects to the PC’s motherboard using a SATA interface in almost all PCs and Macs.

What is an SSD?

The SSD is a product of the 21st century making the technology relatively newer than an HDD. SSD stands for Solid State Drive and it was introduced in laptops in the year 2007. The technology used by an SSD is borrowed from the USB flash drive, albeit it is more sophisticated and is bigger in size. Unlike the HDD, there are no moving parts to an SSD. Data is stored in microchips which makes it easier and quicker for your computer to retrieve data from an SSD.

Now that you have an idea of what a HDD and SSD is, here is a comparison of the two to help you get a deeper insight into the two forms of storage:

  1. Capacity

SSDs can hold as much as 1TB of data. On the other hand, HDDs have a larger storage capacity, and can go as far as 6TB. Generally, laptops come with a HDD storage of 500GB to 2TB.


  1. Cost

An HDD is relatively cheaper than an SSD. HDDs are older and more established than SSDs. This is why the price is less and it may continue to be more affordable than SSDs for the near future. If you choose an SSD over an HDD you may find the price go up slightly.


  1. Durability

SSDs are more durable in comparison to an HDD because they do not have any moving parts. If you drop your system while your HDD was working, there is a possibility of damage and loss of data. This is minimized when you use an SSD. If you are rough on your system, then an SSD is recommended.


  1. Performance

An HDD can read a file faster when the file is stored in a continuous block. However, over a period of time when your HDD starts filling up, large files are fragmented when stored on your HDD. This means that it takes time to read the files that are scattered across the disk platter.

Meanwhile, the performance of an SSD is optimized because it does not have to worry about where the data is stored since it does not physically read the data. This accelerates the performance of your system. You will notice a faster system boot and your applications will read and write more quickly if you use an SSD.


  1. Noise

HDDs are bound to produce noise because of the technology it uses. When the drive spins, it makes noise but on the other hand, an SSD does not make any noise because there is no movement involved.

Should you upgrade or not?

A comparison of the two lays out the differences and it may help you decide which one is best. If you are looking for more storage and do not want to spend much money, then an HDD would be the right choice for you.

On the other hand, if you value high performance and are willing to pay for optimum performance then you should upgrade to an SSD. The only thing that can keep you back is the fact that an SSD will give you limited storage space.

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