SSD or HDD – which is better?

Are you running out of storage space? Has your hard disk slowed to a crawl? Or are you simply looking for optimal computer performance? But should you get a cheaper HDD or a faster, more expensive SSD?

Before we take a closer look – what does SSD and HDD stand for? SSD is short for SOLID-STATE DRIVE, and HDD is the HARD DISK DRIVE

HDDs are traditional storage devices with spinning platters that read and write data. SSDs use newer technology that stores data on instantly accessible memory chips. SSDs are faster, quieter, smaller, consume less energy, and more durable. HDDs are cheaper, have more storage capacity, and offer easier data recovery if damaged.

HDDs:

In an HDD, an enclosure contains a series of platters covered by a ferromagnetic coating. Data is written and read by a fast-moving head (similar to the way vinyl record albums work). Since all of these pieces are “mechanical,” the hard disk is the slowest and most fragile component of any computer.

SSDs:

SSDs are newer types of disks that store information on flash memory, which consists of individual memory cells storing bits that are instantly accessible by the controller.

In summary, SSDs are faster, more durable, more compact, quieter, and consume less energy. HDDs are more affordable and may offer easier data recovery in the event of damage. As long as price isn’t the determining factor, SSDs come out on top — especially since modern SSDs are just about as reliable as HDDs. Today, HDDs are preferable only if you’re storing large amounts of data without needing to access it very often. Otherwise, and if you can afford the higher price, an SSD offers better performance and a faster computing experience.