It seems like we’ve talked about a lot of hardware – except we don’t talk a whole lot about hard-drives until it’s too late to fix them… A common mistake for most people. Hard-drives are one of the most important parts of any computer.
Now, the second most important thing to understand is… the difference between an SSD and an HDD. But, before we get into that- here is a quick refresher. The hard-drive is a data storage device. It is the brain of your computer. Now moving onto how you know which you should get. Let’s go over these two types…
We’re sure most of you already know – but in case you need a little refresher… Hard-drive is a data storage device. It is the brain of your computer. But, there are two main types of hard drives. How do you know which you should get? Let’s go over these two types…
#1: The HDD (Hard Disk Drive)
This is the most common. This works by magnetic discs spinning with a head reading and writing data on the surface of the disks.The platters rotate at up to 10,000 revolutions per minute. Think of a record player. This hard drive has moving parts. You can even think of them as not very different from a cassette tape. They both use the same magnetic recording techniques.
#2: SSD (Solid State Drives)
These are prone to fewer issues than an HDD. These store data in memory chips. Even when there is no power! These chips can be permanently installed on the motherboard – or PCI Express (PCIe) card. One of the best parts about these is – they have no moving parts.
Alright… let’s choose!
Remember we said that an HDD has moving parts? Well, because of that – these guys tend to wear down faster causing failures and data loss. However, HDDs are best for multimedia users (photo or video editing) or heavy downloaders. They are also relatively cheap. Everyone wants cheap storage!
An SSD has better performance and usually more reliable.
If you travel a lot with your computer – you’d better get an SSD. SSDs are also much faster than an HDD. So, if you’ve got an essay or a load of business proposals that need to be done NOW – an SSD might just save your life.
The main downfall is – SSDs are more expensive – and that is not what a lot of people want to hear.
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