HDD or SDD: Which is best?

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asked Jun 18, 2012 by Franky Juarez (291 points)
Hello, I have a quick question. Which Drive is secure to save an Operating System (Windows 7), on a Hard Drive (HDD) or Solid State Drive (SSD)? I'm asking this, because an a Hard Drive is easy to fail because of the Hard Drive clicking of death! Can a SSD make clickings as a Hard Drive too? thank you in advance!

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answered Jun 18, 2012 by nitrocrime (3,741 points)
A SSD is a Solid State Drive, it has no moving parts and can therefore not create a clicking sound. I'd suggest getting a small SSD (like 80 Gb or so) for your OS and most important applications. Then have a HDD next to it for all your data.
commented Jun 18, 2012 by DJ Scooby Doo (9,656 points)
I'm in agreement. SSD's are meant for important info because the higher in capacity you go, the more expensive it gets. So SSD for important info and HDD for everything else.
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answered Jun 18, 2012 by chateaux (16 points)
If you are planning to save your OS on there, leave it. In my opinion SSD are way too overpriced right now to be used just for something less than very important documents or work-related software. There are great HDD out there which you can basically trust to the death. I have two mounted on my laptop + an external HDD to serve as backup.
SSD is a great technology but right now it's not worth for home-based use. That said, if you really want to spend the money, it's safer so by all means go for it.
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answered Jun 18, 2012 by catchatyou (97,380 points)
It depends what you need it for.  Since we're barely over the $1 per GB on SSDs, they aren't practical if you are going to be doing heavy, intensive work (like video editing).  Also, the SSD chips <B>can</b> and <b>will</b> die after so many reads/writes.  Now SSDs are almost guaranteed to give you optimal performance for more than 4 years, but they still have the ability to break after heavy usage.<br /><br />HDDs definitely aren't known for reliability, but you get much more storage per dollar.  This kind of drive would be ideal for video editors, heavy gamers (because of storage space), image editors, people who rely on virtual machines, etc.<br /><Br />Basically, SSDs don't use as much power, are faster, generally more reliable, and more durable than an HDD.  However, HDDs are better for content creators, and budget minded consumers.<br /><br />There is a technology that's becoming more popular, and it's hybrid drives.  I know that Seagate makes one, and it has 8 GB of SSD caching, but is attached to a 750 GB HDD.  This would be practical for people who want a lot of the speed of an SSD, but want the storage capabilities of an HDD.
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answered Jun 19, 2012 by lucas arg (296 points)
ssd by far... speed but low storage... it depends its a matter of time until we have some space on ssds, ive heard of hybrid disk that have some of both sides... you could look up about it and check it out
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