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SSD (Solid-State Drive)

SSD (Solid-State Drive)
SSD or Solid State Drivers are a storing technology and solution available in some form or other since the 90s. Without getting too technical SSDs don't really have any components or parts that move, unlike HDDs which act pretty much as a very complex CD, with moving parts that have some direct consequences.

SSD was always very expensive and this is the reason why they weren't really popular for wide consumption by the general public. They were used in scientific research and military, but until recently, that was about it.

A few years ago the price of SSD started to drop and their memory size started to go up, therefore made them available and attractive for any personal computer.

I personally bought an SSD one year ago after realizing the SSD is far superior compared to an HDD. I dropped my old 750GB HDD and replace it with a new 240GB Samsung SSD. Best decision I ever made! It virtually gave new life to my old laptop, encouraging me not to change it anytime soon.

Pros
  • SSDs are way faster compared with HDDs. They have a lower response time which makes them perfect for installing the actual operation system on them. You want to your OS to be one an SSD because you don't want to wait around for an HDD to load everything. My laptop used to load in over 40 seconds. Now it's up and running in less than 10 seconds just because I installed Windows on my new SSD.
  • Has a lower latency
  • It doesn't make any noise while it runs. HDD and especially old HDD can make a lot of noise while running. You won't hear a bip coming out of SSDs and personally, that's fine with me.
  • You can combine an SSD with an HDD. Because SSD is more expensive and have generally lower space range compared with an HDD, you can have both, in fact, I recommend having both. You can install and run the OS from the SSD while everything like storing big media files you can do it on HDD, by having 2 separate partitions on the same OS installation.
  • If you can't hold both SSD and HDD when you switch to an SSD, you can make your old HDD an external HDD by buying an HDD case with a USB connector. This way you can still use the old HDD and store big files you don't always need. I use my old HDD as an archive. An HDD case is also, very cheap.

Cons
  • SSDs tend to be very expensive compared with HDDs. A 1TB HDD costs around 40 bucks as for a 1TB SSD which costs 400 bucks, so an SSD can essentially be 10 times more expensive as an HDD.
  • The bigger the memory of the SSD the higher the cost will be. At the moment anything beyond 240GB SSD is gonna cost you a lot more than any HDD out there that haves 2-3 time more memory than that.
  • SSDs have limited lifespans, in fact, SSD tends to lose their performance over time and after heavy use will just stop working.
  • SSDs are known to break overnight without any signs. Reports have shown that even new SSD can stop working altogether without any warning.

Supporters

alexradu07

SDD

I am currently using a 256GB SSD. Coming from a 750GB HDD, I can tell you that the difference in speed is huge. A storage space of only 256GB may seem small, but if you always delete what you don't use, it is enough.

I recommend SSDs to anyone who wants a faster computer, because they change the overall speed of the PC. However, if you want to keep a lot of files (like pictures, movies, games etc.), you should probably use the traditional HDD.

Posted by alexradu07 on 05-20-2017

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HDD (Hard Disk Drive)

HDD (Hard Disk Drive)
HDD had been the primal method of storage for a personal computer for a long time now, until recently when the first commercial, cheap SSDs emerged.

Over the years HDD develops, evolved and improved into a great PC component, a unexpendable component. The main technology of HDDs is storing data by using magnets on a rotating disk. HDDs are widely used in a computer since the 60s and was invited exactly 62 years ago.

The future of HDD isn't exactly clear. It may yet beat the odds and its main competitor (the SSD) and evolve even further, though many are already stating that the HDD reached its peak.

Personally, I switched to an SSD and rarely use my HDD anymore and I really don't see myself buying a new HDD anytime soon.

Pros
  • HDDs are reliable. HDDs can last a very long time without losing any of their initial specifications. Even though in time they tend to get a little slower, HDDs are still reliable enough and will give you "signs" before dying. I figure out such signs over the years and back up my whole important data before losing my HDD. You can't really do that with an SSD, it will not give you any warnings.
  • HDDs can have huge storing capacity. You can buy a 2TB HDD for less than a hundred dollars and even though such big HDDs where very expensive a few years ago, the rise of SSDs made them extremely cheap and affordable.
  • You can retrieve data from a damaged HDD. Even if you HDD fails on you and stops working, or somehow gets damaged and you can't normally access your data, there are still ways to retrieve part or even the entire data you had stored on your HDD. You just have to take it to a professional service, they'll know what to do. Again, you can't do that with an SSD.
  • HDDs are cheaper compared with SSDs. You can buy a 1TB HDD for the same price of a 240 GB SSD.
  • HDDs and old HDDs can make great storing devices. You can connect to your router and develop our own personal cloud or you can just buy a USB case and transform it into one huge USB stick.

Cons
  • HDDs are very slow compared to SSDs and are not getting faster anytime soon. It has become inefficient to keep your OS installed on an HDD.
  • HDDs can easily be damaged. Only a small kick by accident can destroy an HDD, being mechanical in nature means its very fragile. Data can be lost just because an earthquake was a little too big or because your dog somehow made your desk move. I personally lost HDDs for no apparent reason than just carefully handling it.
  • HDDs are noisy. HDDs can make a lot of noise, especially when it starts to get a little old.
  • SSDs are the future. They are becoming faster and faster, having bigger and bigger memories as well as improving their overall lifetime and performance, after all, HDDs are physically limited and basically reached their full technological potential, there is few thing one can improve when it comes to HDD and even if they'll still going to hold some weight in the coming years, I believe they'll be as ancient as floppy disks are now in about 15 years.

Supporters

Shortie

HDD for me!

Due to the fact that HDD's are a lot more reliable and last a lot longer I would rather go for a HDD, another factor for me is the fact that they are a lot cheaper so if they do give out on you, it's not such a hard time having to afford another one quickly so you can get back up and running. I would rather have something that is reliable and cheap even if it does run slower than the SSD.
Posted by Shortie on 04-23-2017
reviews4you

HDD

I am so use to the hard drive and I prefer the hard drive. This is also much cheaper solution and lasts a hell of a lot longer then any other drives out there. I always used HDD and will continue to use it as it can easily be replaced as well at low costs.
Posted by reviews4you on 04-26-2017
babbar86

vote for HDD

because as we use pc or lappy we can regularly use or interval based can use HDD so this part can be always in running mode and as needed as we can instant use and also dont need to think where is it. just click and use.
Posted by babbar86 on 04-24-2017
Gaince

SSD's still are in their early days.

Even tho solid state drives are better for smaller files (below 16KB) and have better seek speeds, they simple have far too little storage for most users and are far too expensive. The seer amounts of storage in a hard drive means you have enough space to store all your; photos and videos for example.
Posted by Gaince on 05-05-2017
EJ Burg

HDD for my system

I prefer HDDs, although the speed of SSDs are so incredible, which home user will really ever need or use the full potential of a SSD. I can have five times the the capacity HDD for the same price as a SSD and I will surely wave to say that HDDs in all the ways I use them are more reliable and transfer speeds are sufficient. So the only reason I would ever go SSD will be if I had money to waist or if Computer software got so compact and complex that is was impossible to run from a HDD.
Posted by EJ Burg on 06-12-2017

Comments

Atropia
I like to stand on a very neutral position on this faceoff, due to me being an avid gamer, an SSD is necessary for my games to run at peak performance, however due to the price per size ratios being way bigger, I would side with an HDD to contain as many of my files as possible as the cheaper choice.
Posted by Atropia on 05-02-2017
Corzhens
We are looking at the SSD because it has no motor, no running parts which give it a more comfortable make in terms of durability. However ,it is not tested yet unlike the HDD which has been with us since I first handled a small computer. And the cost of SSD is not appealing especially for people like me who scrimp on storage devices. Maybe the SSD needs 5 more years to prove its reliability. And when that day comes then maybe the price of the SSD wil be competitive enough to be affordable by the masses.
Posted by Corzhens on 05-15-2017
Joteque
There have been significant improvements in both drive types actually and that's because irrespective of the growing trend and market for SSDs, the conventional hard drive market is still booming. SSDs had an issue with G-shock resistance, which basically results in their sporadic response to electrical changes and sudden shocks which occur when the drive is operating and there's a power outage or spike or if the drive receives a hit while powered on. This results in a potential loss of data, sort of like when a flash drive is pulled from a system without safely ejecting sometimes. Hard drives are still increasing in size. You can get a single hard drive that is 10Tera bytes in size which is like 5 of the 2 Terabytes drive combined into one. We have to mention the hybrids as well known as the Fusion Drives, which offer the best of both worlds being significant speed from the SSDs and Significant storage from the HDDs. Variety is the spice of life here plus there's increased speed and reliable storage from adapting to both with an open mind concept.
Posted by Joteque on 07-11-2017
joey98
There is no doubt that the HDD going to be absolute in the next ten years, the problem now with Solid State Drive is that it is nothing else than a huge pen drive, so it could not be as reliable as HDD, and it's still expensive, an issue we know is going to be solved soon with competition.
Posted by joey98 on 09-04-2017