With different types of data storage available today, it can be difficult to know which is the right option to use for your business setup. With phrases like Solid-State Drive, Flash and Hard Disk Drive being thrown around, it’s not so easy to get a simple definition these days, let alone to know how each solution can benefit businesses. This quick comparison will help you to understand the differences between the two and how they can each benefit your current or new setup, busting some myths along the way!
What are the Physical Differences Between Flash-based Solid State Drives and Hard Drives?
First of all, the hard disk drive has long been the standard in computer storage – that spinning disk noise you sometimes hear when your laptop is overpowered or starting up, that’s a hard disk drive. Hard disk drives are essentially metal platters that store information and data, a read/write mechanism will access the data whilst the platters spin in motion. A solid state drive however, is a modern incarnation of the standard hard drive, and instead of using platters it uses flash memory chips that don’t require any moving parts. This lack of moving parts means that solid state drives tend to perform faster, be more durable, and be less susceptible to damage than hard disk drives.
Based on the High-Performance Benefits of an SSD, Why Would I Choose a Hard Drive?
Flash-based solid state drives are lightning-fast and agile, which can greatly benefit your business’ operations, but there are many reasons why a hard disk drive option may be best for certain situations.
Firstly the cost-savings of buying HDD over SSD are something to take into consideration, especially for businesses wanting to store huge amounts of data; when you get into terabytes of data, you’ll soon find yourself making savings. Also, businesses that suit HDD are those that have a lot of data but don’t necessarily need to access it constantly or on a day-to-day basis; since there is no need for a speedy retrieval, a HDD is the efficient way to store backups and masses of data.
Aren’t Solid State Drives and Flash Storage Different Things?
Flash-based solid State drives do in fact contain flash memory, and that’s why we often call SSD’s ‘Flash drives’ or vice versa, but it wasn’t always that way, when SSD’s were first created they were RAM-based, which meant that they needed constant power to operate or else the data would be lost. Flash technology was a separate creation entirely, it was a rudimentary storage alternative that had many pitfalls, such as the fact you could only write and erase to it a number of times before it started to break. Fast-forward to more recent years, and flash has evolved into a safe technology that now replaces the RAM in SSD’s.
Hybrid Storage – is this the Optimal Choice?
What continues to get asked again and again is: which one is better? As covered earlier, both storage technologies have merits, and both are different in the way they operate. A hybrid storage solution is a popular choice for today’s businesses, as it’s quite common for companies to have huge amounts of historical data and backups that they need to store whilst remaining cost-effective. For their day-to-day data however, a flash-based SSD would probably be more practical if they need to routinely pull up different bits of information and multimedia regularly; and so hybrid storage solutions can cater to these needs perfectly.
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