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Why are Solid State Drives (SSD) Better Than the Conventional HDDs?

ssd vs hdd

You are planning to buy a new laptop. Like most others, you are pondering about a lot of questions. Which is the right brand? How much RAM and ROM? Storage capacities of the system? And so on…

Another point of contention is regarding Solid State Drive (SSD) or Hard Disk Drive (HDD)?

Let us have a comparison based on the following factors:

  • Speed: SSD devices boot up in less than a minute, and often in just a few seconds. A hard drive takes time to boot up to your Operating specs and will continue to be slower than your SSD. With SSD, your system boots faster, launches, runs apps faster and files transfer is also quick.

When discussing the speed of SSDs and HDDs, we are talking about the speed at which they can read and write data. The speed at which platters spin determines read/write times for HDDs. The data on SSDs can be stored anywhere and hence has a much faster read speed. However, SSD cells can wear out over time, pushing electrons through a gate to set its state. This reduces the performance time until your SSD wears out. The file copy/write speeds for SSDs are generally above 200 MB/s and up to 550 MB/s. For HDDs, it can is 50 to 120 MB/s.

  • Fragmentation: When your hard drive starts filling with large files, these files become scattered around the disk platter, resulting in fragmentation. The read/write algorithms have improved over the years, but hard drives can still be fragmented. The SSDs cannot be fragmented due to the lack of a physical read head and the data can be stored anywhere.
  • Storage Capacity: The common SSDs have storage capacities in the range of 500 GB to 1 TB. If you are a multimedia user or high on gaming, you might require 1 TB to 4 TB drives. SSDs are more expensive, per gigabyte. HDDs are getting bigger all the time, without too much of an increase in the price. SSDs are much smaller and more expensive over 2 TB. If you want to store something for a long-term or store large files and folders, go for hard drives.
  • Durability: Due to the absence of mechanical parts, SSDs are more durable. The moving parts of your HDDs can wear out over time or be damaged by movement or any forceful contact. Hence, any physical damage to HDDs can result in data loss. SSDs have no moving parts and hence there is no data loss.
  • Operating System Boot time: For SSDs, it is around 10-13 seconds. For HDDs, 30-40 seconds.
  • Power Draw/Battery Life: The SSDs draw less power, averaging around 2-3 Watts. The HDDs draw more power, typically in the range of 6-7 Watts.
  • Price: SSDs are expensive, costing about $0.2 a gigabyte. HDDs are cheaper, priced around $0.03 a gigabyte.

Let us quickly go through other comparisons:

Since there are no moving parts, there is no noise and vibration in your SSDs. Heat produced is also less.

  • You can open files at up to 30% faster rates in SSDs compared to HDDs.
  • If you looked at the above differences between your SSDs and HDDs, you can clearly see that the SSDs outscore the HDDs in a lot of areas.
  • At the end of the day, it is left to the user to decide what he/she is looking for.
  • If you want large storage space at a low cost and are not concerned about speed, go for HDDs.
  • If you are willing to shell out more money, concerned about speed and are not too particular about having a large storage space, you can opt for SSDs.

If you have an SSD and formatted it recently, there is still a chance to retrieve your lost data. Remo Recover has powerful scanning mechanisms that aid in formatted SSD data recovery.

The software supports data recovery from SSD drives that are formatted with HFS, HFSX or HFS + file system.

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