HDD vs SSD
People now buy laptops for their computing needs and sometimes is hard to make the decision between getting either a Solid State Drive (SSD) or Hard Disk Drive (HDD) There’s no a simple answer to this question; each buyer has different needs, preferences, and of course budget. Even though the price of SSDs has been falling, the price still high compared with HDDs. Yet, if performance and fast bootup is your primary consideration and money is secondary, then SSD is the way to go. We will make a comparison of SSD and HDD storage and go over the good, the bad on both
SSD vs HDD Comparison
Power Draw / Battery Life
SSD Less power draw, averages 2 – 3 watts, resulting in 30+ minute battery boost
HDD More power draw, averages 6 – 7 watts and therefore uses more battery
SSD Expensive, From $50 to $80 for 240GB (Depending on brand and where you buy it)
HDD From $50 to $80 for 1TB, very cheap (Depending on brand and where you buy it)
SSD Right now the largest SSD that you'll find has 4TB of storage.
HDD Typically around 500GB and 2TB maximum for notebook size drives; 6TB max for desktops
Operating System Boot Time
SSD Around 10-13 seconds average bootup time
HDD Around 30-40 seconds average bootup time
SSD There are no moving parts and as such no sound
HDD Audible clicks and spinning can be heard
SSD No vibration as there are no moving parts
HDD The spinning of the platters can sometimes result in vibration
SSD Lower power draw and no moving parts so little heat is produced
HDD HDD doesn’t produce much heat, but it will have a measurable amount more heat than an SSD due to moving parts and higher power draw
SSD Mean time between failure rate of 2.0 million hours
HDD Mean time between failure rate of 1.5 million hours
File Copy / Write Speed
SSD Generally above 200 MB/s and up to 550 MB/s for cutting edge drives
HDD The range can be anywhere from 50 – 120MB / s
SDD Full Disk Encryption (FDE)Supported on some models
HDD Full Disk Encryption (FDE) Supported on some models
File Opening Speed
SDD Up to 30% faster than HDD
HDD Slower than SSD
SSD An SSD is safe from any effects of magnetism
HDD Magnets can erase data
To help you even more, here are some rules to follow when you decide which drive is best for you:
An HDD might be the right choice if:
You need lots of storage capacity, up to 6TB (though with SMR technology new drives can have up to 10TB)
Don’t want to spend much money
Don’t care too much about how fast a computer boots up or opens programs - then get a hard drive (HDD).
An SSD might be best for you if:
You are willing to pay for faster performance ( big difference when using photoshop and other programs that read big files from disk )
Don’t mind limited storage capacity or can work around that ( SSDs are working on this Intel will have SSD of UP to 13GB )
How much of a performance difference do they really make for gaming?
Upgrading to an SSD will not make a difference. The point of installing games on an SSD is the drastic reduction in load times, which occurs because the data transfer speed of SSDs (over 400 MB/s) is significantly higher than that of HDDs, which generally deliver under 170 MB/s.
But then again who wants to wait for the game to load when an SSD can minimize the waiting to half the time on some cases. Now If you're having framerate issues, a solid state drive isn't what you need. Your GPU is is the key component there.
HDDs are still the popular choice for the majority of average consumers, usually choosing the HDD as the storage option in their new computer simply due to the much cheaper cost. However, more and more consumers desire top computing performance and are looking for an SSD inside their new setup or as an upgrade to their current one. As such, SSDs are well on their way to becoming the mainstream, standard storage mechanism, especially for laptops given the advantages they present for a mobile device (they are currently the default storage device in the Ultrabook category). That said, there will always be a market for both HDDs and SSDs. The advent of mSATA SSD devices and hybrid drives that include both SSD + HDD features is another option for consumers seeking a bit of the best of both
If you need help installing and SSD or HDD or upgrading from HDD to SSD let OTech Know we're here to help give us a call at 720-364-4599
Remember that when you upgrade all your files will be saved so you don't have to worry about your Pictures, Documents, Music etc.