Both solid state drives and hard disk drives are similar in their physical specifications, but they store data very differently. Both do the same job, they boot your system, and store your applications and files. But each type of storage has its own unique feature. There are advantages and disadvantages to each type of drive, and deciding on which is right for you comes down to how you use your computer.
- SSDs are more expensive than hard drives in terms of dollar per gigabyte.
- HDDs are cheaper compared to SSD.
- Maximum Capacity is 8TB*
- Maximum Capacity is 15TB*
- Best uses for an SSD in a computer is as a boot drive. Installing a small capacity of SSD your Windows 10 operating system will boot up your PC faster and will also launch and run apps faster than HDD
- Speed isn't something coming your way in case of HDD. Windows and applications will take longer to boot and load.
- SSDs are shock resistant. An SSD has no moving parts, so it is more likely to keep your data safe in case you drop your laptop or your system while it's operating.
- HDDs have moving parts. If you drop your laptop, chances it could lead to loss of data.
- SSDs have lower life span compared to HDD but larger the SSDs longer the life span.
- HDDs has a longer lifespan.
- SSDs make no noise at all.
- HDDs will emit a bit of noise when it is in use.
- SSDs use less energy, allowing computers to run cooler.
- HDDs uses more energy.
Overall HDDs win on price, lifespan and capacity. SSDs work best if speed, durability, noise and energy are important factors to you. Depending on your needs, you can decide which storage drive will work best for you.
*Capacity data has been recorded from zdnet