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Upgrade To SSD Drives For Speed Boosts, Other Advantages

By January 21, 2017May 24th, 2021Technology News

UpgradeThe spinning disk hard drive has been the reigning king of storage for almost as long as we’ve had desktop computers.

All things end, though, and the HDD’s reign is officially coming to a close. It’s getting increasingly difficult to justify springing for an old-style hard drive when you can buy an SSD or a hybrid drive instead. The advantages are just too compelling.

The primary advantage that SSDs offer over their older counterparts is speed. It comes down to performance. HDD’s can get fragmented over time, which degrades the speed with which they can access files. Even in cases where an HDD is perfectly unfragmented, they still can’t match the access speeds of an SSD, and in business, it’s increasingly the case that speed is life.

A secondary advantage is the form factor of the drive. SSDs are significantly smaller, and as such, much easier to incorporate into system architecture. Even better, as smartphones get incrementally bigger and SSDs continue getting smaller, the day is inevitably coming when they’ll be incorporated into every device you use.

The only real advantage that HDDs have over their sleeker, faster counterparts is in terms of raw storage for the money, and for the moment, the older drives are still cheaper. If you need bulk storage and are on a budget, you may still be tempted to head in that direction.

That will be true for at least the first half of this year, but new facilities are coming online later in the year, which should close most of the price gap between the two technologies. Investing in HDDs now could mean a bigger expense down the road as you eventually retire and replace those drives.

A good intermediary step if you absolutely need storage now is a hybrid drive, which combines the best features of both technologies, but you can expect hybrid drives to have a relatively short shelf life. The moment SSDs come within 20% of the price of comparably sized HDDs, they’re destined to go the way of the dinosaur.

Jason Manteiga

Jason J. Manteiga, Vice President of Olmec Systems, has been part of the company for over the past 20 years. He believes that having a great work environment and supportive team, is the ultimate key to success. Since being in the IT realm for over 25 years, Jason, along with Olmec Systems, has been on the Inc. 5000 “List of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies” and Channel Futures MSP 501 “Top Managed Service Providers in North America,” along with other awards and nominations. Jason earned his Bachelor Degree in Information Systems from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He also holds certifications in Microsoft MCSE, VMWare VCP, and Cisco CCNA. In his spare time, Jason is a contributor for The Center for Social & Legal Research (Privacy Exchange) and a member of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. His hobbies include cycling and kayaking. He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife, two daughters and son.