HDD v SSD: What Should You Go For?

The Hard Drive… we all rather take it for granted. The Processor and Graphics Card usually get the plaudits for making a machine work quickly. However, the Hard Drive has a massive role to play in the performance of your machine.  The speed of hard drives has improved greatly over the years, though most of the focus has been on capacity. However, we’ve now reached the stage where you can have both speed and capacity… but it does come at a price. Step up the “Solid State Drive”.

SSD’s have been around for a while now, but they’ve only recently matured into a product that is actually a practical upgrade for your machine. The balance between price and capacity has gotten to the point that it’s actually accessible to those who don’t have a bank balance the size of Hollywood movie budget. A 480gb SanDisk SSD can be purchased for under £100 (at the time of writing).  That should be enough storage for most people’s needs. The real gains are with performance. With a traditional mechanical Hard Drive, boot time for a Windows 10 PC will likely be around 20 seconds. With a Solid State Drive, that same machine could be showing your Desktop icons in 8 seconds!  That’s quite an improvement, in an area of computer usage that has often been criticised. Boot times aren’t the only boost you’ll get either. An SSD will also see your applications open faster and documents display more quickly too.

The flip side to the SSD revolution is that HDD prices have come down considerably too. For balance, it’s worth noting that a 500gb HDD would cost around £40. If you don’t need a super quick machine, that’s excellent value for money.

For desktop users, you can get the best of both worlds. Have your Windows installation and your most important software on an SSD, for super fast load times, whilst your data is stored on a huge and cheap HDD, installed as a secondary drive. The SSD doesn’t have to be as large as 480gb – a 250 or even 120gb drive would be big enough to host your operating system, Office software and other regularly used programs.

So, what should you go for? That really depends on your budget, storage needs and performance requirements. If you can afford and justify the cost of a big SSD, then go for it. You almost my certainly won’t want to go back. If you have got a budget, look a what you can buy for the money you have. If the SSD you can afford is big enough, that’s the way to go. If not, either keep saving or go for a good quality HDD. It won’t have quite the speed, but at least you won’t run out of space so quickly.

If you’ve decided you’d like to upgrade your machine with either a new speedy SSD or with a larger capacity HDD, don’t hesitate to get in contact with Ridea Technology for advice and competitive pricing on both supply and installation.

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