Basically, all Hard Drives are the same, right? Not exactly. What it really comes down to, does an SSD or HDD or a Hybrid of the two fit your needs? When determining your needs, you should be aware of the category you fit into:
Hard Drive Users
- Enthusiastic multimedia users and heavy downloaders: Video collectors need storage space, and you can only get to 4TB on cheaper hard drives.
- Budget buyers: Ditto. You can get plenty of space for cheap. SSD’s are too expensive for $500 computer buyers.
- Graphic Arts: Video and photo editors wear out storage through overuse. Replacing a 1TB hard drive will be cheaper than replacing a 500GB SSD.
- General users: Unless you can justify a need-for-speed or ruggedness, most users won’t need expensive SSD’s in their system.
- Road Warriors: People who shove their laptops into their bags indiscriminately will want the extra security of an SSD. That laptop may not be fully asleep when you violently shut it to catch your next flight. This also includes folks who work in the field, like utility workers and university researchers.
- Speed Demons: If you need things done now, spend the extra bucks for quick boot-ups and app launches. You can supplement with a storage SSD or HDD if you need extra space. (see below)
- Graphic Arts and Engineering: Yes, above I said they need hard drives, but the speed of an SSD may make the difference between completing two proposals and completing five for your client. (see below)
- Audio guys: If you’re recording music, you don’t want the scratchy sound from a hard drive intruding in the background. Go for the quieter choice of SSDs.
Last but not least, an SSD and HDD, where the SSD invisibly helps the system boot faster and launch apps faster. The SSD in s hybrid drive is not directly accessible by the user; rather, it acts as a cache for files the system needs often. Since the operating system isn’t being installed to the SSD directly, you avoid drive space problems.
It’s unclear whether SSDs or Hybrids will totally replace traditional hard drives, especially with shared cloud storage waiting in the wings. Cloud storage isn’t free either: you’ll continue to pay as long as you want personal storage on the internet.
Read Article (Joel Santo Domingo | pcmag.com | 02/17/2015)
One concern to be aware of, when an SSD dies it does so without warning and the cause is usually its read-write limitation of anywhere between 10-50 years. An SSD especially, should always have a backup.
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