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Hard drives vs SSD – What to choose?


Building a PC can be hard enough before you get as far as thinking about what type of storage you’re going to have inside it. But there really are just 2 choices:

A Solid State Drive (SSD) or a Hard Disk Drive (HDD). there are merits to both, but what’s going to be best for your device, and your budget? That can vary. So let’s break it down.

The Basics

An SSD is flash storage and has no moving parts whatsoever. As a result, it’s smaller and take less space in a PC, sometimes mounting directly to the motherboard. It is also much faster than an HDD.

HDD storage is made up of mechanical parts and magnetic tape. They’re larger than SSDs and much slower to read and write.

Use Cases

One of the best uses of SSD in a PC is as a boot drive on which your Windows 10 operating system will live and boot up from every day.

The lifespan of an SSD isn’t as long as that of a HDD, but you can surely use an it as your only drive in your mahcine.

The best use for HDD is for mass storage. This type of drive is cheaper than SSD and available in some quite massive sizes. You can get one or more drives over 1TB in size for a fraction of the cost of their SSD equivalents.


To conclude, an efficient system would have an SSD to boot the OS from, and one or more HDDs for mass storage. That’d ideally be the best of both worlds! Or why not get a new laptop that comes in with a good amount of storage either way? Upgrade now.