Solid State versus Hard Disk

Solid State versus Hard Disk

If you’ve ever shopped for a laptop, you’ve most likely been stumped by the question: Do I want a traditional hard disk drive or a solid state drive and what are the differences?

A hard disk drive is a magnetic storage with several rotating guests on which data can be written. Hard drives are the primary storage device for the users’ data and have been since the 1960s. Magnetic storage can be written to exponentially more times than solid state and data can be overwritten directly on the disk. The cost per gigabyte is significantly less than solid state drives.

If you have a USB drive, then you are already familiar with solid state drives. One of the primary characteristics of a solid state drive is that there are no moving parts. Data is stored in integrated circuits and provide fast access to the stored data. Solid state drives are not as susceptible to physical shock (like hitting a hard surface) as a hard disk drive and provide for faster access to data. Fragmentation is not an issue on a solid state drives as it is on hard drives, which can produce slower read/write speeds and latencies. However, solid state drives have drawbacks regarding data encryption that may leave your data accessible to someone with the right tools.

The best type of drive depend on your needs and budget. While each type of drive has advantages and disadvantages, there are times when one will outperform the other. The experts at ACE IT Solutions can help you decide, contact us at 646-558-5575.