SSD vs. HDD – Durability, Fragmentation and Prices
PC enthusiasts had very poor choices regarding the storage for their desktop or laptop, until recently. Now you can choose to configure your system with either an SSD or an HDD, or even both. They do the same job: booting your system and storing apps and personal files. Check out the main differences between the two.
Price: SSDs cost more than HDDs.
Speed: an SSD-equipped PC boots in less than one minute, while a HDD requires a long time to speed up to operating specifications, and it’s slower during normal use.
Fragmentation: HDDs work best with larger files, but SSDs are faster, and data can be stored anywhere due to the lack of a physical read head.
Durability: SSDs will keep your data safer if you drop your laptop or if your system crashes.
Availability: HDDs are preferred for budget and also for older systems, but SSDs are more popular with recently released laptops.
Noise: HDD emits a bit of noise no matter how quiet it is, unlike an SSD which obviously makes no noise at all since it’s not mechanical.
Form: an HDD has a limit to how small it can be manufactured because it relies on spinning platters, but an SSD has no such limitations.
HDDs are better when it comes to capacity, price, and also availability.
SSDs, on the other hand, work best considering ruggedness, speed, form factors, fragmentation and noise.
Regarding the longevity factor, an SSD will wear over time because each cell inside a flash memory bank has only a limited number of being written and erased. But HDDs also wear out from constant use.
HDDS are the perfect choice for heavy downloaders and multimedia fans, budget buyers, general users and for engineering and graphic pros.
SSDs are the best choice for speed fans, rough users, musicians and audio engineers, and for engineering and graphic pros.