Solid State Drive (or SSD) is new state of the art technology for storing data locally. Its been widely now seen that everywhere Hard disk drives (HDD) are being replaced with SSD’s.
HDD’s are memory storage units which are made up of moving and magnetic parts which in turn means that the more they are being used the more they will be getting worn and tear. Whereas SSDs are memory storage which use flash memory for storing data. Over the year flash memories have proven that they are faster in reading and writing data than their magnetic strip using siblings.
So can you compare both? Let's look at the following factors and evaluate.
|Access Time||Generally, an SSD is having an access time of 35 to 100 microseconds, which is considered to be insanely fast||An HDD actually takes 5,000 to 10,000 seconds to access the same data which leaves far behind when it comes to access time.|
|Capacity||SSD’s are available almost in the same size as of their HDD’s counterparts||HDD’s are available from 100’s of GB’s to 5 TB storage.|
|Reliability||No moving parts are used in SSD’s and they actually use flash memories which are more reliable in the long run||HDD’s use magnetic platters and other moving parts to get the work done. This means, in the long run, the wear and tear will be more causing less reliance on them.|
|Power||SSD’s tends to use low power providing longer battery life for laptops||With all of the parts required to spin the platters, the HDD uses more power than an SSD.|
|Noise||With no moving parts, SSD’s are silent||As moving parts tend to make noises, HDD’s are noisy than their younger generation.|
|Size||SSD’s are available in 2.5”, 1.8” and 1.0” making more room on a motherboard for laptops and PC’s alike.||HDDs are usually 3.5" and 2.5" in size for desktop and laptops respectively, with no options for anything smaller.|
|Heat||Since there are no moving parts, there won’t be heat dissipation increasing the life span of the device.||With moving parts in HDD’s comes the part of heat dissipation which can slowly damage the device in the long run.|
|Price||This is the only factor where SSD looks like to have a disadvantageous factor. That is why SSD’s on PC’s have storage on GB is and not rather in TB’s||HDD is considerably cheaper than SSD, especially for drives over 1 TB.|
Considering all the advantages SSD’s provides its wise to invest in a lasting component in the long run. To choose SSD’s of your requirement from varying size and price look into