Solid state drives shortly SSDs are currently the fastest storage drives for general users. NVMe SSD can give from 10 up to 20 times faster speed than HDD. That’s why more and more users are shifting towards it.
But as we know everything has its own downsides, in case of SSDs also, with super speeds, they also have a couple of drawbacks. And if you are thinking of using SSD, then you should know about their advantages and disadvantages so that you can make the right decision.
That’s what I am gonna discuss exactly in this post:
Advantages Of Using SSD:
SSDs Are 10 to 20 Times Faster Than HDD:
SSDs come in different variants, SATA SSDs, M.2 SATA SSDs, NVMe SATA SSDs. So depending upon these variants, their speed also varies.
But on average, SSDs can give up to 20 times faster performance than HDD. If A user is using SATA SSD, then he can get the lowest performance from an SSD. Because SATA SSDs are the least powerful SSDs available in the market.
So, using high-speed SSDs like NVMe M.2 SSDs can easily give 15X and 20X more reading and writing speed than hard drives. In general, a hard drive can read and write around 150Mb/s while a SATA SSD can give 400-500Mb/s speed. Also, as NVMe SSDs are used, they can give easily 2GB/s.
That’s why SSDs are used for true speed. While the file sizes, games are pretty big nowadays, so having faster reading and writing speed is actually very convenient to transfer files.
Not only that, SSDs significantly reduce the booting time (time taken by the operating systems to start). Also, softwares, games are gonna open, install rapidly in high-speed SSDs.
Reduce Loading Screen Time:
NVMe SSDs can reduce the loading screen time in games, software significantly. As they are too fast, software loads too quickly and so we can’t see loading screens.
On average, SSD reduces the loading screens of games from 50 to 90 percent than hard drives. If you are using a SATA SSD, the loading screen time will be a bit higher than NVMe SSDs.
Require Less Power:
As SSD doesn’t have any moving mechanism inside (like hard drives) so they usually consume less power than hard drives. Rather SSD is built on PCB, which makes it power efficient and also produces negligible amount of noise.
Now, this less power consumption can be really beneficial for laptops, as they mostly run on battery power, SSDs will help laptops to discharge slowly and their batteries last longer.
Overall, having SSD is not only good performance-wise but also can impact the battery time in laptops.
SSDs Generally Live Longer Than HDD:
Although the writing cycle of SSD is limited (discussed in the disadvantage section), still the average lifespan of SSDs is comparatively higher than the hard drives. Simply because it takes too long for an average user to complete the writing cycles of an SSD.
While HDDs do have a disk inside, which rotates on magnetic power when the user gives commands for reading or writing. So, the failure probability of an HDD with a moving plate inside is much higher than SSDs, which are mostly built on a single PCB.
Overall, the average lifespan of SSD is higher than HDD.
Disadvantages Of SSDs:
Now SSDs also do have disadvantages because of which users are still using HDD as a storage option at a good price. Let’s know about it in detail:
Cost Much Higher:
Depending on the type of SSD, they can cost 2 to 3 times more than normal HDDs. Generally, the SATA SSDs are the best budget SSDs. For example, you can get a 1TB hard drive for around $50-$60. But for buying a SATA SSD of the same space, you have to spend at least $90.
Talking about NVMe SSDs this price can cost from $130 to $150 and more. Overall, SSDs are far more expensive than hard drives, which is one of the biggest disadvantages.
Limited Number Of Writing Cycle:
SSDs are based on NAND technology and one of the major disadvantages of NAND flash storage is that it can offer a limited number of writing cycles. Although the writing cycles vary a lot depending on SSDs, on average SSDs last around 10 years.
I know this is lifespan is way better than HDDs and writing cycles are also take too many years to finished, but still, NAND technology has a limited number of writing cycle drawback. When it reaches near the number, you might see different issues with the SSD ended up in a completely unaccessible SSD drive.
Tough File Recovery And Data Decryption:
It is comparatively much easier to recover certain files, corrupted, lost data in hard drives. There are tons of data recovery software available. But in SSD getting lost data again is not a piece of cake.
So, suppose if you have deleted an important file by mistake from an SSD, then it is gonna be harder than HDD to recover that file. Now I am not saying that it is impossible, but generally, it is much harder and takes a long time too.
Also, not only about file recovery, but data decryption is also not as fluid in SSDs as HDDs. Decryption is basically the extraction of data from encrypted files like zip, rar, etc.
SSDs don’t come with larger storage spaces like HDDs. If they come with higher space, then they also cost more.
You can easily get a 2TB HDD in a reasonable price range, but if you want to get SSD with this much, size you have to pay way high, and also there are not many options available in the market.
You can also get hard drives up to 10GB, but with SSDs more likely don’t come with such a big storage space.
In this post I have discussed the advantages and disadvantages of SSDs, why you should use them, and when not. If you have anything further in mind, feel free to reach us. THat’s it for today, see you in the next one, be techy:)
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