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What’s the difference between SSD and HDD?

Find out why speed is just as important as capacity when it comes to laptop storage.

"Bigger is better". That's true of certain things. Like your TV screen. Or the size of the train carriages on your morning commute. But it's not always the case when it comes to laptop storage. We'll look beyond the capacity, bust the myths and tell you everything you need to know to find the right storage type for your needs.

The need for speed

The storage drive in your laptop isn’t just for storing your precious files. It’s also responsible for things like turning your machine on. So, the speed it works at is really important. And this is where the solid state drive (SSD) has changed things. Because it reads and writes your data much faster than a hard disk drive (HDD), a laptop with an SSD will be quicker when it comes to the essentials like opening and running apps and transferring files. It just goes to show that it pays to look beyond the capacity.

Laptops with SSD

Empty space?

So, we know that an SSD will improve the speed and efficiency of your laptop. The next consideration is the space you need to save all your documents, photos and apps. Well, in most cases, a HDD will offer you more room on the drive itself. There are still some affordable SDD laptops offering a pretty reasonable 250GB capacity. But do we really need all that space? With the amount of cloud storage services that let you back up your files online, the answer is probably not. With an SSD, we reckon you really do get more bang for your buck.