Differences between SSD, HDD and SSHD

We all have to buy a new PC or laptop now and then. You always need to ask yourself the question what sort of storage is suited for you. Not so long ago the only question you had to ask yourself what size of hard drive and memory was required. Now you need to have a good think what sort of hard drive is best for you and your business. There is the choice between a conventional hard drive (HDD), solid state drive (SSD) or a solid state hybrid drive (SSHD). Tech-Wales will explain the differences for you to help you choose the best option for you.

A HDD is the old fashioned hard drive. Information is written to and read from a platter as it rotates past devices called read-and-write heads. An SSD is a collection of memory chips without any moving parts. SSD are faster, have less weight and will last much longer until they have to be replaced.

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Differences between SSD, HDD and SSHD

Cost Consideration

You might wonder why the HDD is still being used as the SSD is much faster and has a longer life span. The answer is storage capacity and costs. The costs of the chips for the SSD is higher than the costs of a magnetic disc used in HDD. If you need to store a lot of data and speed is less of an issue  a HDD drive can still be a good option to store data.

The capacity of SSD is still limited compared to HDD. There are SSD with a capacity of 4TB however they are very expensive. It is still more common to have an SSD with the size in GB. HDD are much cheaper and will easily give you storage for a couple of TB for a reasonable price. That is why an SSD of 250 or 500 GB is very popular.

The SSHD tries to combine the best of both. A hard drive with two components SSD and HDD but for the operating system it is one hard drive. The HDD is used for storage and the SSD is used for the operating system or applications which are often being used. SSHD is slower than SSD but a lot faster than the traditional HDD. If you want a large storage capacity for a reasonable price but still want the advantages of SSD, the SSHD is a good choice. However if a smooth running of your computer and speed are important you need to choose SSD.

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