SSDs are a faster and more dependable storage type, but on the other hand, hard drives are way cheaper and perfect if you want to use them for just storing big files.
So, often I get this question, which one should a general user use for only backup data, SSD or HDD? Let’s discuss it in this post:
Hard drives are better for backup, especially if you have to backup large files often. As mostly user doesn’t use these backup devices often, so hard drives are perfect as these can give large size capacities in less price compared to SSDs.
Generally, SSDs are 10%-20% faster than hard drives. But as you are buying only for backup files, so you might not use that drive often, in other words buying a high-speed SSD doesn’t matter if you don’t need it.
So, although SSDs are much faster than HDDs, if you are buying for backup only, I suggest going with hard drives specifically as you can get much space in less price.
Now, let’s dive deeper and understand why hard drives are still a better option for backup:
Choosing SSD Vs HDD For Backup:
These are the things you should know and analyze before buying any drive for backup your data.
In Hard drives, you get larger storage options. Not only price-wise but also in general HDDs do have more space. And as you are getting it for backup only, so the speed is not gonna be that big of a deal for you.
As you can easily get with up to 10TB space in an HDD, so you can easily backup all your data no matter how big it is.
On the other hand, in SSDs no matter they are fast, but the actual storage space we get is too less. That’s why if you are looking for a drive to just backup your data, won’t use it often, so hard drives will be perfect for you.
Also, there are also options like dedicated backup servers where you can install multiple HDDs, cloud backup and drive you can use for doning the backup.
Note that these are the best backup solutions if you are storing a huge amount of data. Otherwise, for an individual, a hard drive with good storage capacity is well enough for years.
Earlier, I have discussed the storage space of HDD and SSD. Now, what about price, which one you should choose if you have less budget.
Clearly, as SSD offers less space in more price so in this case too, HDD takes on SSD for taking backup of the data.
For example, a normal 1TB internal HDD costs you around $50 while for getting an SSD of that same space (1TB) you more likely have to spend more than $100. Also, if you are buying an ultra-fast M.2 NVMe SSD, then this price can shot up to $130-$150.
So there is a huge price difference between the HDD and SSD. Still, if you need a storage option for running the main operating system, main software, I suggest going with the SSD as SSD can really load these softwares faster.
But on the other hand, if you need a drive for backup, storing photos, videos, other data, there a hard drive is enough.
Overall, prices, hard drives are the cheaper ones and also come with more space. So, it is better to choose a hard drive for backup.
Talking about the lifespan specifically, the SSDs last more as they don’t have any physical moving parts inside. On the other hand, HDD work on a magnetic mechanism, where a blade keeps on rotating for reading and writing data.
So, it is found that SSDs are more likely to wear out later than HDDs. However, this also depends on how much you are using the storage device.
In case you are using them for only backing up your data and don’t touch often, then more likely both of their lifespan is gonna be the same.
Also, physical damage is another factor to look at. Do you know still more than 30% of the storage drives wear out because of physical damage, so they can’t work till their full capacity.
So, no matter how good your SSD or HDD is if it gets any sorts of severe physical damage somehow, it is not gonna last that long.
Overall, as HDDs have moving parts inside, they can easily get damaged than SDDs. Otherwise, as in this post, I am only suggesting one for backup data, both of them will be reliable if you are not going to use these drives often.
Talking about the speed specifically, SSDs are from 10 to 20X faster than typical HDDs depending upon the SSD type. Also, SSD consumes way less power than the hard drive. SO, it is very handy to use SSDs specifically for running high-end software, operating systems.
So, if you need the best storage drive available in the market, SSD (specifically NVMe) will be the best one for you.
I have discussed which storage drive you should choose specifically for backup your data till now. Now let’s also look at some of the commonly asked questions:
Are SSD Drives Good For Backup?
Although SSDs are the best and the fastest option out there I still suggest choosing hard drives specifically for backup. As hard drives are cheap, do come with large space, last long enough, and more importantly, you just need one for backup data, that’s why hard drives will be the best option for you.
Otherwise, if you are backing up games, softwares, basically not general files, and use them often, then you can also use SSD too.
Is SSD Good For Long-Term Storage?
Typically SSDs last longer than HDDs as they don’t have any moving parts inside and also use less power. However, there is a disadvantage with these, the number of cycles is limited you can perform on an SSD. After you exceed the number, the SSD will start failing.
But this number is too high, a normal user doesn’t get any issues with the restricted reading/writing capabilities of SSD. Also as you are more likely not gonna use the SSD often, only using it for backup data, so this won’t be an issue for you.
So, you can assume that SSD will last more than HDD. It is more reliable and consumes less power too.
Although SSD is the best storage option, if you are buying a drive only for backup, a hard drive is the best option according to me.
If you have any further queries feel free to ask me. See you in the next one, be techy:)
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