SSD vs. HDD
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Advantages of SSDs
- Faster storage - An SSD has no moving parts, so information can be accessed much faster than HDDs. This also means that they can be physically smaller, which is great for ultra-thin laptops and other portable devices.
- More durable - SSDs are better suited for users who can be rough with equipment, since the moving read/write arm and platters are more prone to damage from dropping or shaking.
- Physically smaller - SSDs may have the same form factor as HDDs, but this is for compatibility. Microchip storage can fit into smaller devices, such as paper-thin laptops and tablets.
- Quiet - SSDs do not make noise, so you can get right to work and only hear the tapping of your fingertips against the keyboard.
Limitations of SSDs
- More expensive - Because of the newer technology, SSDs can also be more expensive.
- Smaller capacity - You also might have fewer options if you need a large amount of storage.
- Less available - For high-capacity applications like servers or performance desktop computers, you might not be able to find as many SSDs due to the higher price and newer technology.
Advantages of HDDs
- Cost-effective storage - This technology has been around for quite a while, so data storage in this medium is more affordable.
- High capacity - HDDs typically have more storage volume than SSDs, so this type could be right for you if you need a large hard drive to store a lot of media.
- Easily available - From economy to high-speed models, an incredible variety of HDDs are available in laptops, desktops and other storage media on the market today.
Limitations of HDDs
- Slower - HDDs move the mechanical arm to access or store data, so this method is slower than its nonmoving counterpart.
- More fragile - If a laptop is broken or jostled, the hard drive can more easily become damaged because of the various internal parts.
- Larger - Due to the physical space needed for this type of storage, thinner laptops are less likely to use HDDs. An HDD can potentially place limitations on how small a device can be manufactured.
- Louder - You'll likely hear soft clicks, vibration and spinning while the computer is retrieving information.