SSD Vs. Hybrid Drives – All You Need To Know About Them!

Every once in a while we hear something about how memory and other parts of computing are getting more advanced. But we hardly hear anything related to storage.

Even if there is an update, it will only be about some mobile storage card but we do not hear most of the things related to PC or computers.

It’s not that there have been no new advancements when it comes to storage on computers, it’s just that not many sites cover it.

There have been a lot of advancements and that is why we are posting this post.

We will be talking about Solid State Drives (SSD) and Hybrid Drives both as they bring something new to the table and later we will also compare both of them and see what difference, pros and cons both of them have.

So, let us start.

Solid State Drives – SSD

SSD stands for Solid State Drives.

They are a new storage option available for computers that provide faster data read write speeds and more. These drives have no revolving or moving parts involved and hence calling them disks won’t be right.

As I already mentioned, the SSDs do not have any type of moving parts involved so the read and write speeds are definitely faster. Instead of moving magnetic disks, the data is stored in interconnected chips which still retail the data even when the power to the SSDs are not provided.

When it comes to speeds, SSD nails traditional hard disks anytime. They provide very fast read and write speeds. So fast that operating system boot up sequence can be completed within seconds.

Hybrid Drives

Hybrid is a term which means something that is made up of two or more elements and same is the case with Hybrid drives.

Hybrid Drives combine both traditional hard disks and SSDs together and bring a much better option to the table. The SSDs in a hybrid drive act as the cache and they are responsible for caching most use parts of the whole computer and you won’t notice the speed right after installing it but they will get faster with time as it learns how you use the computer.

They are not comparable to SSDs but they are definitely faster than traditional hard disks.

These do have mechanical part in the hard disk park but the SSD part doesn’t have any of it.

Pros and Cons of Using SSD

Pros

Now that we know what SSDs actually are, let us take a look at the Pros of using a SSD.

  • Speed: The read and write speeds are much faster than a traditional hard disk.
  • Fragmentation: A SSD doesn’t have any case of fragmentation as there are no revolving disks involved.
  • Durability & Data Safety: An SSD has no moving parts so in case you drop the SSD somewhere, there are lesser chances of losing your data.
  • Size: SSDs do not have any moving parts so the size of an SSD is comparatively smaller than a traditional hard disk.
  • Noise: Unlike a traditional HDD, the SSDs do not have any moving parts and hence they are totally silent and do not add into the noise generated inside a PC.

As you can see above, moving parts have already removed a lot of problems related to storage in a PC. 😀
Let us move on and take a look at the Cons part.

Cons

  • Pricing: The biggest problem of getting a SSD right now is the price bracket it comes in. An SSD has a much higher price when you compare it with a hard disk.
  • Available Capacity: Taking the capacity and price of an SSD and comparing it with an HDD, we can clearly see a big difference. In a price where you can get a 1 TB HDD you will only get 128-256 GB SSDs.
  • Data recovery: Once the SSD is dead, it is dead for good. You cannot get any data out of an SSD if it dies somehow.
  • Dying indication: SSD will not show any symptoms before dying completely. It will happen just suddenly so regular backups will be a good decision.

Pros and Cons of using Hybrid Drives

We have taken a look at what SSDs have to offer along with their pros and cons, now let us take a look at the same for Hybrid Drives.

Pros

  • Pricing: These are cheaper than SSDs and much more affordable when you compare it with a SSD.
  • Quantity & Capacity: They are much cheaper and hence at a lower price you will get a hybrid drive with much more capacity.
  • Create your own Hybrid Drive: Go ahead and create a DIY hybrid drive set up. It will be a bit costly but it will be worth it. Add a SSD to your PC, install Windows and other useful programs on it and keep data in HDD. You have a DIY hybrid drive!

Cons

Let us check out the cons of using a Hybrid Drive.

  • Durability: Now that we know they are a combination of a SSD and a hard disk, we can say due to the moving parts they can die faster and they can also die after dropping.
  • Fragmentation: Again, due to the movie parts, the drive is prone to fragmentation hence making it slower.
  • Noise: They have the same problem as the HDDs. They make noise when they work.

Comparison of SSD and Hybrid Drive

Now when we compare a SSD with Hybrid Drive, each one of them will be having their own advantages and disadvantages.

While SSD is costly, it is also faster than both HDD and Hybrid drives. Same stands for Hybrid drives. Hybrid Drives are much more affordable than SSDs but they are still slower. They are speedier than traditional HDDs though.

Verdict

Everything now boils down to how and for what purpose the storage option will be used for.

If you are going to build a workstation for editing videos, photos, audio files and other stuff, SSDs are a better option because they are faster and more stable so your data will be safe.

But for a home computer that will be used for gaming or multimedia purposes, Hybrid drives seem much more feasible because they are less costly but still faster than traditional HDDs.

So choose the one that you think will be suitable for you.

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