A hard drive is a hard drive, right? Wrong. Hard drives come in many different sizes and speeds, depending on your needs. Let us help you choose which is right for you.
Until recently, consumers had little choice as to which hard drive they bought with their laptops. Chances are, if you bought a small netbook, you got a small SSD hard drive. If you bought a larger laptop, you got a larger HDD drive. Simple.
But what is a HDD and an SSD? Put simply, a HDD (or Hard Disk Drive) is much like a multi-layered CD that sits and spins inside your laptop computer. It has a needle which reads the information stored on it, much like a vinyl record players needle. The problem is that the information stored on the HDD must be spinned into the correct position for the needle to read it, this means that the disk spins very quickly, consuming power and thus creating heat. This heat needs to be counteracted by the fans, so the fans spin faster, using more battery power. Vicious circle, right?
With an SSD, however, the process is a lot smoother. An SSD uses flash memory that can be accessed much quicker than a traditional Hard Disk Drive. An SSD has no moving parts, which means less heat, less fan speed and thus more battery life. The only drawback is that, typically, an SSD will cost more per GB of storage than a HDD, making it more expensive to store information compared to a HDD.
In terms of performance, the SSD will beat a HDD any day, but is the vast performance increase worth trading for less storage space? Hard drive manufacturers recognise that the lack of storage space will put customers off, and this is why they have developed another type of hard drive. Don’t worry, if you have followed so far, you’ll understand easy-peasy! This third type of hard drive is called a ‘hybrid’ drive, named because it is a hybrid between the two. Typically, the operating system and programs are stored on the SSD part, and the data and documents are stored on the HDD part. This means that the computer is quick, but still retains its storage capabilities.
What does this mean for you then? Well.. if your PC or laptop needs a performance boost, an SSD or hybrid upgrade is definitely the right upgrade for you. Give us a call or contact us to arrange an on-site visit, or simply bring your PC or laptop into our London Road office and enquire about SSD upgrades and one of our technicians will be happy to help!