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 In the past, PC buyers had very little choice for what kind of file storage for their computer. Today, consumers have the option to configure their systems with either an HDD, SSD, or in some cases both. But how do you choose? In this article, we explain the differences between SSDs and HDDs, and walk you through the advantages and disadvantage of both to help you come to your decision.
HDD and SSD Explained
The traditional spinning hard drive (HDD) is the basic nonvolatile storage on a computer. That is, the data doesn’t "go away" like the data on the system memory when you turn the system off. Hard drives are essentially metal platters with a magnetic coating. That coating stores your data, whether that data consists of weather reports from the last century, a high-definition copy of the Star Wars trilogy, or your digital music collection. A read/write head on an arm accesses the data while the platters are spinning similar to the way a record player operates.
Now to the SSD. You’re probably familiar with USB memory sticks - SSD can be thought of as an oversized and more sophisticated version of the humble USB memory stick. Like a memory stick, there are no moving parts to an SSD. Rather, information is stored in microchips. This difference is what makes SSD so much faster. As an analogy, what’s quicker? Having to walk across the room to retrieve a book to get information or simply magically having that book open in front of you when you need it? It simply requires more physical labor (mechanical movement) to get information from a traditional hard drive.
So which is better?
In terms of performance, solid state drives provide substantial benefits over traditional hard drives. Upgrading from an HDD to an SSD can turn a middle-of-road PC into a high performance machine. On the other hand, the cost per gigabyte of an SSD is higher than a traditional HDD. Each buyer has different needs and must weigh their options based on those needs, preferences, and of course budget.
SSDs are More Durable - Solid State Drives feature a non-mechanical design and are shock resistant up to 1500g/0.5ms. Hard Drives consist of various moving parts making them highly susceptible to shock and damage.
SSDs are Faster - SSDs can have 100 times greater performance, almost instantaneous data access, quicker boot ups, faster file transfers, and an overall snappier computing experience than hard drives.
SSDs are Cooler - As an energy-efficient storage upgrade for your desktop or laptop, SSDs require very little power to operate that translates into significantly less heat output by your system.
SSDs are Quieter - With no moving parts, SSDs run at near silent operation and never disturb your computing experience during gaming or movies, unlike loud, whirring hard disc drives.
The Bottom Line
Overall, advanced performance of SSD drives far outweighs the higher cost. Upgrading from an HDD to SSD can turn a middle-of-the road computer into a high performance beast and it’s far more affordable than replacing your computer. So call Keller Computers in Downtown Galveston today to see what upgrade options are available for you!

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