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Hard Drive & Solid-State Drive: Which Is Best for You?

Hard Drive & Solid-State Drive: Which Is Best for You?

In the current age of technology there are so many buzzwords, terms and acronyms that it can be hard to keep up! Among the jumble of acronyms that you may have heard include “HDD” and “SSD”. It shouldn’t be surprising if these terms ring any bells: they represent two forms of an electronic component that we take for granted everyday: storage.

The devices that store our data are vital not only to our use of things like computers and smartphones, but also to the function and survival of everyday business. What good would a computer be if it could not store any information? It would simply be a pile of metal and silicone!

We’re going to walk you through the difference between SSD’s and HDD’s; including why they matter to you, and which you should look for when purchasing your next computer.


SSD & HDD: What do They Mean?

The term “HDD” stands for hard disk drive. When most people think of hard drives this is likely what comes to mind. Hard disk drives rely on magnetic disks that spin at high speeds to read and write information. These were among the first forms of data storage for computers, and remain in heavy use to date. It is likely that your computer or laptop contains an HDD to store information.

“SSD”, on the other hand, stands for solid state drive. These are storage devices that do not rely on any moving components whatsoever, unlike their HDD counterparts. Instead, SSD’s use special chips and a circuit board to store information. SSD’s come in various  forms including SLC, MLC and TLC NAND. Mobile devices often rely on SSD’s to store data, and more and more computers also use SSD’s to store the operating system and other data.


What are the Pros and Cons of Each?


There are pros and cons for both HDD’s and SSD’s:



  • Tend to be cheaper
  • Highly reliable due to long-term refinement
  • Often have higher storage capacities than SSD’s
  • Slower than SSD’s
  • Noisier than SSD’s



  • Much faster than HDDs
  • Highly reliable due to lack of moving parts
  • Quieter than HDDs
  • Less power consuming
  • Generally more expensive than HDDs
  • Don’t come in as large of storage sizes as do HDDs


No matter which form of storage you choose, it’s pretty hard to go wrong with how well refined and advanced both forms of tech are.


NRC Secure Backup and Restore Solutions

As advanced and reliable as both of these forms of tech are, incidents do still occur, and it’s always wise to ensure that you have a reliable backup plan in place. National Records Centers can help you put together a secure and reliable backup system that has your back when you need it.

Our secure backup and restore solutions provide you with 24/7 file access, encrypted data transmission and automated processing to ensure that documents are always being protected. Don’t risk your data: we can help you find a solution that meets your needs and budget without compromising on security!