It’s no secret that technology is evolving at supersonic speed. If you’re one of those who are lucky enough to remember floppy discs, then you probably know what I’m talking about.
While CD/DVDs are relic of the past, SSDs are the new HDDs. SSD (Solid State Drive) can be quite beneficial, but they also have a few cons, which don’t really outweigh the pros.
What’s an SSD?
SSD (Solid State Drive) is a solid-state storage device that has no moving mechanical components, which can be found in a regular HDD.
SSD requires flash memory in order to store data. In other words, it’s a huge flash drive. There are 4 main reasons why getting an SSD would be great idea: operation speed, resistance to mechanical damages, silence in operation and low consumption of energy.
High operation speed in data reading and data recording. Compared to regular HDDs, SSDs operate on higher speed.
For example, an SSD connected under the SATAIII interface operates at a speed of 500 Mb/s. While that’s already impressive, it’s actually not the highest speed an SSD can go.
Resistance to mechanical damages. You’ve probably heard by now that HDDs don’t tolerate different kind of damages, whether it’s dropping an HDD to the ground or severe vibrations.
In laptops in particular, HDDs tend to get weaker over time. SSD, meanwhile, doesn’t have any active or moving components, which means it doesn’t care about mechanical damages.
While that doesn’t mean you should beat an SSD with a rock or something, such resistance makes you more confident that your stored data is in safe place.
Silence in operation. An SSD makes no noise during its operation, while HDDs can be very noisy when reading or recording data. In fact, so noisy your dog might start barking in confusion!
Low consumption of energy. Compared to HDDs, SSDs require less electrical energy, which is a huge deal if you’re using a laptop.
Nothing is perfect. And SSD, with such an impressive list of pros, is no exception.
Limited number of writes. Every SSD has a limited number of writes, which means you can re-use it only a specific number of times. The most common re-use number is around 10,000.
While it would take you decades or even centuries (if you’re not planning to use SSD every day multiple times a day) to use that number of writes, it can be still considered to be a downside, because HDDs have unlimited number of writes.
Price: Yep, it might be a major deal breaker but SSDs are not very cheap. However, considering the fact that an HDD is more likely to break down – and thus you’ll have to buy a new one – it can be debated if SSD’s price is really a downside.
Compatibility. While the vast majority of laptop users nowadays use Windows 8 and Windows 7 as their operating system, there are also those whose laptops are running macOS, Chrome OS and Linux.
For now, SSDs are working efficiently only on Windows 8 and Windows 7. These two OS types are fully compatible with SSDs and can automatically disable such things as indexing.
Disabling such services significantly reduces the time needed for data reading and data recording, which is crucial.
All in all, the pros of using SSDs outweigh the cons. It’s true what they say: comparing SSD and HDD is like comparing a Lamborghini and Toyota. While Toyota is great, it would never outrace a Lamborghini.
In fact, SSDs are growing in popularity by the day, while their price gradually decreases.