As the price continues to drop on solid-state drives and they become more accessible to consumers, you may be wondering if you should switch over to an SSD. The benefits of a solid-state drive are out of this world and will make you never look at a mechanical hard drive ever again. We’ve covered the seven major benefits of a solid state drive—you’re gonna want to check this out.
The first time I ever switched to a solid-state drive I was left with my mouth on the floor because of how fast it was in comparison to an HDD. An SSD is able to read and write data faster than any old mechanical hard drive could.
Compared to an old Samsung/Seagate 2TB hard drive that is currently on my laptop and the new Samsung M.2 NVME SSD that is also on my laptop, the new M.2 SSD is able to outperform the sequential reads and writes by over 10 times the amount of the older mechanical hard drive.
The solid-state drive is also much more durable compared to your hard drive. A solid-state drive does not contain the same moving parts that plague the hard drive. While anything can be broken physically, you shouldn’t have to worry about just simple vibrations deteriorating the lifespan on the HDD.
Easier to Install
Another benefit of the solid-state drive is their practicality. Solid-state drives are all 2.5 inches, meaning that they take up less space in the case you are looking to use. They also do not have those moving parts. So instead of finding a really solid mounting bracket for your 3.5-inch mechanical hard drive, you could simply take some double-sided tape and stick it wherever you have some extra flat space.
And because it is easier to install, it is easier to move. There is no worry about having enough mounting brackets or specific pre-designed roles for the SSD. You can cable manage it one way, decide you dislike it in a month, and change it to a completely new position in a matter of minutes.
Transportation is made incredibly easy as well. Say you and some friends want to meet up for a LAN party and you all bring your PC’s. Friend A lives on an extremely bumpy road and has a standard HDD. When he arrives and gets everything set up, they find that their hard drive is not working properly and may not be booting or accessing files like it is supposed to. Friend B lives a house down and takes the same road. The only difference is that Friend B has a SSD in their computer and is able to withstand the bumpy roads and tossing and turning that may come with a drive.
So, which is better? Obviously the SSD.
Due to the lack of moving parts in a SSD, another benefit is the decrease in power needed to run it. A typical HDD will consume around 10 watts of power when in use, compared to a solid-state drive which can consume around 1-2 watts of power.
With that being said, when writing lots of data to an SSD, it can spike to 10 watts as well. This is only while the data is being written though and still brings the average wattage to around 4 watts at most. Anytime you can cut wattage from your power supply, you are extending the life of the PSU.
Nothing looks worse than a PC that has a transparent side panel with little to no cable management and hard drives in plain sight of the rest of the build. Just a big hunk of metal thrown into a beautiful work of RGB art.
A solid-state drive can be put anywhere and takes up less space compared to a HDD. With the introduction of the M.2 NVME, you can even hide the SSD on your motherboard. Meaning that you don’t have to waste valuable PC real estate on hard drives that could make everything look cluttered. Depending on where the hard-drive mounting case is, it could even ruin the look of the build.
Longer Life Span
Thanks to the lack of moving parts in a SSD, you can also expect a solid state drive to last longer than a normal mechanical hard drive. Where a normal HDD with everyday usage has a 80% chance of hitting a 4 year life span, a normal SSD can last upwards of 10 years. You are more likely to retire your SSD due to redundancy and the need for higher TB’s rather than the fact that it no longer works.
Technology Continues to Evolve Adding to the Benefits of a Solid State Drive
As we push further and further into the age of internet and technology, we are creating new limitations on devices that 10 years ago never even seemed possible. Even in the early 2000’s floppy discs were still a thing. We can expect tech to double in size and decrease in price by half about every two years. Keep that in mind when making purchases, as we are just now hitting the two year mark with affordable SSD’s.