SSD vs HDD | How to Choose the Right Storage Drive for Your PC Case

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Aren’t all hard drives the same? Well, technically yes and no. Traditionally, when you bought a laptop or desktop, you didn’t have much of a choice between what type of storage devices you had. For most notebooks and ultraportable-books, your C: drive or Mac HD most likely was a solid state drive. These days, building your own custom computer is alot more flexible than it used to be. You now practically have control over every single component that goes into your rig.

But how do you know exactly what type of storage to choose? We’ll be going over some of the pros and cons of each type to help you choose the right one for your computer build.


Price

SSDs will generally be more expensive than HDD relative to dollar per GB. A 1TB hard drive today can run anywhere from $50-$80 whereas the same capacity SSD can run anywhere upwards to $500. Breaking that down, you’re looking at paying an average of 5 cents per GB on a HDD as opposed to 5 dollars per GB - that’s quite a gap. Depending on your build goal, those extra hundred dollars could be used towards getting higher performance components.

Storage Capacity

Solid state drives max out at 1TB and can be hard to find and very costly. If you’re a multimedia user and are building home file servers or home theater PC (htpc), you’ll require a lot of space beyond 1TB. In this case, we recommend going with the traditional HDD.

Speed

SSD win over HDD in terms of speed. A SSD-based PC will be able to boot up within seconds. Desktops with SSDs will be able to load much quicker, run programs and applications must faster, and provide better overall performance.

Durability

Unlike traditional HDD which consist of mechanical parts for operation, a solid state drive has no moving parts therefore is more likely to protect your data from shock, damage, etc. If you have to haul your drives around often, we recommend going with SSD.

Product Availability

HDD are still the most common and readily available storage type on the market. Most of the major drive manufacturers today still have a greater ratio of product offerings when it comes to HDD to SSD. Although in the next couple of years you should see availability of solid state drives to increase, HDD for now is still the dominant player in the market.

Quiet

As mentioned earlier, HDD consist of mechanical moving parts for operation whereas SSD has no moving parts and is virtually noiseless. If you’re looking to build a supremely quiet case to be on constantly, this might be your best bet. However, most cases today such as our Deep Silence cases provide rubber grommets for your drive trays to help eliminate airborne noise vibrations from your drives. But it always comes down to what type of rig you’re looking to build and which type best fits your needs.

HDDs Are For You If:

» You’re building a home theater pc case or home file server
» You’re a multimedia/cinematic junky and heavy downloader
» General multi-purpose computer user


SSDs Are For You If:

» You work constantly on the go
» You require speed as a top priority for the things you need done
» You’re building a digital audio workstation or video editing computer station
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