• Jordan O'Neill

SSD VS HDD: The pros and cons

As a computer repair business, many of our customers come to us with various computer-related issues. In fact, a large % of our customers have issues with their hard drives failing, which means they are unable to run Windows or are stuck in a constant repair loop.

As a result, a new hard drive is often required with a preinstalled version of Windows 10 ( or manual installation) with accompanying software and data recovery. However, rather than switch to a traditional HDD, we provide our customers with the option of upgrading to an SSD (Solid State Drive) these drives perform 10x faster than traditional hard drives and are by far more resilient.

Unfortunately, SSD drives can be costly, and many of our customers are looking for an exact replicant of their original. In most cases, SSD drives are extremely expensive, a 480GB one can set you down £50, while a 1TB can be anything from £90 - £130. Whilst upgrading to SSD can be seen as expensive, the long term benefits outweigh the short term benefits.

Whereas, with a traditional HDD, a 1TB can be as cheap as £20, whereas 2TB can be as cheap as £30 - £40. One of the fundamental differences between SSD and HDD is storage size, SSD is significantly smaller, but boasts quick boot speeds and overall performance. Luckily, some laptops have more than one hard drive bays, so you can use your SSD to run your Windows system, and your traditional HDD to store data.

Unfortunately, many computer manufacturers removed this option some time ago, in a bid to force customers to upgrade to more expensive options (such as external drives) this only seems to apply to a select number of laptops created between 2011 - 2016.

Overall, upgrading to an SSD drive is by far the most cost-effective way of upgrading your PC, but bear in mind that the storage options are inferior when compared to traditional HDD (Hard Drive Drives) and, unless you have two hard drive bays, it is unlikely that you find a way around this issue (other than by purchasing external equipment)


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