In our previous blog, we discussed Solid State Drives (SSD) Vs Hard Disk Drives (HDD) This week we are going to discuss the data transfer speed/storage capacity and Price difference of SSD over HDD
Data transfer speed/storage capacity
Hard Disk Drives (HDD) functions as the heart of your computer. Just like a human heart if your HDD cannot process and pump data around your computer in a smooth and methodical way you the user will suffer from a poor computer user experience. Unlike the heart though the faster your hard drive can process that data the better. When it comes to speed and the cost associated with drives in 2015 we need to assess the importance of each of these factors to the final decision a business owner will make when determining the best choose of drive type for their business’s operation needs.
SSD’s are a lot faster at storing, retrieving and moving data. But how much faster are we talking? In comparison we will use a standard consumer-grad SSD vs. a consumer grade HDD 7,200 RPM (RPM means Revolutions per minute. The magnetic discs in a HDD has to rotate so the arm can read the information stored within it. HDD have mechanical moving parts, SSD has no moving parts).
Typical HDD can stored information (read/write) at 100-160 Megabytes per Second. While a SSD with the same storage capacity can do the same at a rate of 300-500 Megabytes per Second. That is almost a 200% faster rate the SSD have over a HDD of the same storage capacity.
That means data moves “copy and paste”, data backup to the cloud, CAD Designing, editing large databases, using video editing software , viewing your photo collection or playing that latest computer games can be done at almost 200 times faster with a SSD as compared to a HDD.
Start-up speed is slower for HDDs than SSDs because of the spinning magnetic plates and the mechanical arm. IOPS (Input/output Operations per Second) is a measurement of the read/write speeds of drives. SSD have a very high read/write speed. – A drive with higher IOPS numbers is more responsive and multitasks better. That is you’ll be able to do a virus scan, download large files, play a movie and open maybe 15 web browser windows all at the same time without hiccups.
A typical HDD takes around 35-45 seconds to boot up your operating system. A SSD takes around 10-15 seconds of boot time. In retrospect you are saving an average of 25 seconds per every minute when working on a computer with a SSD as compared to a HDD. Think about the profit gained from getting back all those times spent. Especially if you are working in an environment that pays by the hour.
There isn’t any competition here – The Non SSD-hard disk drives are beaten by an impossible margin. If you multitask heavily or working in an environment with lots of background programs like antivirus, firewall, torrents, and instant messengers, then this is one really good reason to think about SSD’s.
Lower capacity SSDs can be very affordable in the 128GB to 500GB range (at the time of writing this article). Higher capacity SSDs can be costly, especially when measured over cost per gigabyte. Or Especially on Servers. However, HDD provide the minimum price per gigabyte. SSD provide a price per gigabyte that is higher than HDD.
In comparison though, a HDD with 1TB storage capacity will at most times will be a waste of storage space. Most users do not fully utilize the 1TB capacity and files are usually spread across different cylinders on a HDD.
A typical Samsung SSD cost US $0.47 per GB. And a HD will cost you around US $0.04 per GB As of June 2015). However, a typical 250GB SSD though it may cost more will give you more in the long run as compared to a 1TB HDD. It is fast, more efficient, gives you better boot time, and saves a considerable amount of time as compared to waiting on a HDD.
A 1TB HDD will cost you around US $50 and a Samsung 250GB will cost you US $85. But can you put a price on reliability?? You can save an average of 25 seconds per every minute on working with a SSD than compared to a HDD. A SSD also uses less power. Since they are no moving parts in a SSD as compared to a HDD, you have a lower power consumption rate on a SSD. This means a SSD can boost the battery life of your portable computer by an average of one hour. Can you afford not to purchase a SSD?
SSD’s provide significant benefits over a hard drives, whether you’re restoring an old laptop or trying to amplify the potential of the latest desktop. From a business productivity and data security standpoint the time saved on a daily bases outweighs the extra cost involved in the initial purchase of the new SSD Drive.
SSDs are the decisive way to know and feel the difference in your everyday computing performance.
- SSD are more durable since they have no moving mechanical parts and have a shock resistant up to 1500g/0.5ms
- SSD are faster, they have 100 times better performance, instantaneous data access, faster boot ups, greater file transfers speed, and an overall greater computing experience.
- SSD uses less power and is considerably lighter than a HDD
- SSD are cost efficient
- SSD are cooler and quieter.
If you think you are ready to upgrade to a Solid State Drive, contact us . We are happy to guide you through the process and recommending the best one for you.