For years, hard disk drives (HDD) have been the standard in computers — from the inexpensive base model you buy for your kids to the powerful, fast machines you use for your business. While you probably sought out the best drive that you could afford to quickly and efficiently launch your system and programs and store your data, you may not have given too much thought to whether a solid state drive, or SSD, might be the better choice.
You should probably give that some consideration. There are several important reasons why an SSD is worth the investment and is the better choice for your business.
In the business world, time is money — and when you or your employees are spending precious time waiting for systems to boot, applications to start and data to be retrieved, you’re also wasting money. Using a solid state drive noticeablyspeeds up the capabilities of your computer — with an SSD, you can reasonably expect your computer to boot up in a matter of seconds and at minimum in under a minute. For comparison’s sake, consider that a standard hard drive takes between 5,000 and 10,000 microseconds to access data, while a solid state drive can access data in 35 to 100 microseconds, making it as much as 100 times faster than a standard drive. When you are accessing large amounts of data, those microseconds count and can keep your business running efficiently.
Less Susceptible to Damage
If you and your employees use laptop computers, you are probably already aware of the propensity for the machines to sustain damage. Computers are accidentally dropped, jostled around in bags and generally abused on a daily basis — which increases the likelihood of the HDD being damaged. Even if you are gentle on your equipment, or the hard drive is located in a desktop computer, HDDs are more susceptible to damage than SSDs. SSDs do not have any moving parts, which always increase the likelihood that things can go wrong. Moving parts also create heat, and too much heat is the enemy of any hard drive. Over time, the increased temperatures can break down a hard drive, causing costly malfunctions. In addition, SSDs are not susceptible to damage from magnets, while HDDs can lose data when exposed to powerful magnets.
More Efficient Power Usage
The spinning parts of an HDD do more than just create heat — they use more power. Because SSDs do not have any moving parts, they require significantly less power to operate, reducing battery drain on portable devices and the amount of electricity used to operate stationary devices. While it’s true that a solid state drive will cost more upfront, the reduced operational costs over the life of the drive will help offset some of that initial investment.
More Size Options
When talking about SSDs, size refers to both the capacity of the drive and the physical size of the drive itself. In terms of capacity, SSDs do not really offer any measurable advantage over HDDs; in fact, this might be one area that HDDs have a slight edge, as even large capacity drives (meaning 1 terabyte and above) tend to be far more affordable than an SSD of similar size. However, SSDs are available in sizes ranging from 128 GB through several terabytes, and the increased speed and other benefitsmake the investment worthwhile for a business.
In terms of physical size options, the SSD has the clear advantage. HDDs only come in two sizes: 2.5 inches and 3.5 inches, designed to fit either a laptop or desktop. SSD drives are available in a wider array of sizes, starting at 1 inch, allowing for more flexibility in designing a system that works for your business.
A noisy hard drive might not be on par with, say, the noise of a rock concert, but the endless series of clicks and whirrs — which only get louder as the drive gets older — can be a distraction. SSDs are virtually silent, thanks again to their lack of moving parts.
Enterprise SSD solutions allow you to improve your productivity while reducing long-term costs and improving the reliability and durability of your data storage. Whether you are upgrading your IT systems or simply looking for ways to improve workflow, it’s worth investigating solid state harddrives for your business equipment.
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About the Author: Sheridan Morris,a former IT manager blogs about technology and enterprise IT solutions, helping small business owners find solutions that meet their unique needs.