Solid State Drives vs. Hard Disk Drives
Every computer, tablet, and phone has a storage device for saving information. The faster chip style memory used in USB drives and in your phone is crossing over to laptops and desktops in a big way.
Hard Disk Drive – HDD
Traditional Hard Disk Drives, like the selections below, are less expensive for the same amount of data. These are great for large amounts of storage but they have always been slow and use a spinning disk to read a write data to the drive.
Trivia: The iPod Classic used a mini hard disk drive that had a 1.8 inch diameter disk.
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Solid State Drive – SSD
Solid State Drives are made using flash memory, similar memory that is used in a USB flash drive. There are many reasons to use a Solid State Drive. Below are just a few of the reasons, the main reason is speed.
- More Durable
- Less Power
- Run Cooler
Do you have an old laptop you want to speed up, just install a new SSD and re-install the operating system. The only downside to the SSD is the space, for about the same money you can buy a 128 gigabyte SSD or a 1 terabyte HDD. That is 12% of the space for the same money, sounds like a lot but does it make a difference? Well depends on what you do, I keep many files online through my google drive or dropbox. Even with an extensive library or images and music most people do not use more than 50 gigabyte. A SSD can really help a laptop that is traveled with because of the lower power consumption, less moving parts, and the speed boost at startup.
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