As we all know, Hard Disk Drives (HDDs) and Solid-State Drives (SSDs) are both categories of storage devices. If you are a technology geek, then you need to know which the best drive is for you. Here you will get all the important details about HDD vs SSD.

Both have their own advantages and disadvantages depending on user choice.

Every user has their own preference, but most of the users are confused when they have to choose between HDDs and SSDs. We think after reading this article completely many users will easily find the perfect drive for them.

 We hope you will enjoy it!

Points to be discussed in this article:

  • What is Hard Disk Drive (HDD)?
  • What is Solid-State Drive (SSD)?
  • Difference between (HDD VS SSD)

What is Hard disk drive (HDD)?

Hard Drive has been the predominant storage device for computers, both desktop, and laptops for a long time. The main draw is the storage size and low cost. Computer manufacturers can include large hard drives at a small cost, so they have continued to use HDDs in their computers. HDDs were very popular until SSDs were found.

HDDs are used by most of the computer and laptop manufacturing companies to make budget computers and laptops for their customer.


What is Solid State Drive (SSD)?

The solid-state drive (SSD) is available and can replace an HDD relatively easily. As you will find by reading below, the SSD is a clear winner. But because of the price, it still does not make sense to use SSDs for all uses.

For most computer users, we suggest using SSD as the primary drive for your operating system and most important programs. We then recommend using one or more HDD inside the same computer, or an external HDD, to store documents, pictures, and music, which do not need the fast access times of SSD.

Generally, Computer and Laptop Company are used SSD for their premium Computers and laptops. Secondly, they are also used SSDs as a primary storage drive to enhance their computer and laptop performance.

Difference between (HDD VS SSD)

There are minor differences between HDDs and SSDs. Everyone has their own perception, so it is not mandatory the disadvantage for one user will be the disadvantage for other users.

Now let’s see the difference between HDD and SSD on the basis of the following points:

  • Access time
  • Price
  • Reliability
  • Capacity
  • Power
  • Noise
  • Size
  • Heat
  • Magnetism
  • Gaming

Access time (HDD VS SSD)

An SSD has an access speed of 35 to 100 micro-seconds, which is nearly 100 times faster. This faster access speed means programs can run more quickly, which is very significant, especially for programs that access large amounts of data often like your operating system.

A typical HDD takes about 5000 to 10000 microseconds to access data. Which is very more than the SSDs so in access time department SSDs are a clear winner.


Price (HDD VS SSD)

The price of a Solid-State Drive (SSD) is higher than a Hard Disk Drive (HDD), which is why most computers with an SSD only have a few hundred gigabytes of storage. Desktop computers with an SSD may also have one or more HDDs for additional storage.

HDD is considerably cheaper than SSD, especially for drives over 500GB. On the price section, the HDDs become the winner as the user needs to pay a huge amount for more storage capacity SSDs as compare to HDDs. 

Reliability (HDD VS SSD)

The SDD drive has no moving parts. It uses flash memory to store data, which provides better performance and reliability over an HDD.

The HDD has moving parts and magnetic platters, meaning the more use they get, the faster they wear down and fail.

Here SSDs are the clear winner as it does not has moving parts so it has more life than the HDDs.

Capacity (HDD VS SSD)

Although there are large SSDs, realistically for most people’s budgets, anything over 512 GB SSD is outside their price range.

Several terabytes hard disk drives HDD are available for very reasonable prices.

So if you want a large storage drive for your computer or laptops and if you are budget conscious so you can go for HDDs over SSDs.

Because the more the storage capacity you need for SSDs you can also need to pay a huge amount, in this amount you can get twice storage capacity in HDDs. So on the storage capacity in budget HDDs is the clear winner.  

Power (HDD VS SSD)

The SSD uses less power than a standard HDD, which means lower energy bill over times and for laptops an increase of battery life because SSDs does not have moving parts it uses flash memory to store data.

With all the parts and requirements to spin the platters, the HDD uses more power than an SSD. So it increases the energy bill over time and for laptops decreases battery life.

So on the Power section SSD are the clear winner as compared to HDD.

Noise (HDD VS SSD)

With no moving parts, SSD generates little to no noise.

With the spinning platters and moving read/write heads, an HDD can sometimes be one of the loudest components in your computer.

And by this type of noise on HDDs, many people are disturbed and the noise is increased by the time. And many people are become crazy and stressed after a long time using computers or laptops having HDDs.

In this section SSDs are the clear winner.


SSD is available in 2.5”, 1.8” and 1.0”, increasing the available space available in a computer, especially a desktop or a server.

HDDs are usually 3.5” and 2.5” in size for desktops and laptops respectively, with no options for anything smaller.

So here it is totally your preference to choose SSDs or HDDs


Because there are no moving parts and due to the nature of flash memory, the SSD generates less heat, helping to increase its lifespan and reliability.

And you do not need to add extra fans in your computer and the processor also works properly because of less heat produces and the drive works fast most of the time.

With moving parts comes added heat, which is why the HDD generates more heat. Heat can slowly damage electronics over time, so the higher the heat, the greater the potential of damage being done. And it affects the processing speed of computer and it increases the chases of corrupt the disk.

SSDs become the clear winner here over HDDs.

Magnetism (HDD VS SSD)

SSD is not affected by magnetism.

Because a hard drive relies on magnetism to write information to the platter, the information could be erased from an HDD using strong magnets.

Gaming (HDD VS SSD)

As we all know there are lots of gamers immerse in nowadays and gaming becomes a profession or taking as a career by many people.

SSD load games faster so you get more time to play your favorite games. And there is no issue in running games. You play games smoothly.

But in HDD the game load slowly but as we know HDD provides lots of storage in the budget to store your favorite games. So its choice of the gamer, to chose SSD or HDD.  


As now you all know which are the advantages and disadvantages of HDDs and SSDs.

We think the main and the biggest factor behind not purchasing SSDs is the over budget for most of the computer or laptop users.

But now we all know that SSDs have lots of advantages. So now it is depending on the user’s preference to choose HDDs or SSDs.

We again recommend you to you can use SSDs as a primary storage device to store or execute your important programs and also to run your favorite games fast.      

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