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SSD vs. SSHD – Best Hard Drive Comparison

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If you’re searching to buy a new device as a laptop or computer, or just get a new hard disk to help your computer run smoothly, you should read the following article. We are comparing here SSD and SSHD to let you know what each of these has to offer so that you can decide for yourself which one is the best for you.

Let’s first talk about what each of the acronyms stand for and what they are. SSD means solid-state drive and is similar to a larger USB flash drive. The storage capacity on an usual hard disk is held by magnetic platters that spin. The SSD doesn’t actually have moving platters and holds the storage on memory chips.

As for SSHD, this one means solid-state hybrid drive. This one is a more traditional hard disk, which has a controller chip which will direct your data either to the SSD or the HDD. This hard disk will come with a small amount of memory (usually they hold 8 GB of storage capacity).

These two work differently depending on what gadget you own: laptop or PC. Let’s first talk about the PC scenario.

Computers usually come with a hard drive and a SSD, because there is no much use for a SSHD. The advantage of having SSHD, no matter if you have a PC or laptop, is that the disk will decide for itself where to store your data so that it is organized and safe. However, if you want to pre-establish where your data will go, as for the hard drive, you can do so.

The operating system Windows will work just fine on a 120 GB SSD, the storage capacity offering enough space for the OS and some other programs. The HDD will then be perfect for your personal data like pictures and music.

If you own a laptop, things get trickier.

SSD and SSHD are the best hard disks for a high speed gadget. So if the laptop can only hold one drive, you have to decide what is more important: performance or internal memory. We find that the SSD is the best one regarding performance, but it is also the most expensive (the price for a 1TB SSD is of 550 US dollars). As for more storage capacity, you should opt for your typical hard drive, which is actually the cheaper option in this discussion (around 80 US dollars for 1TB). If you want the best of two worlds, a balance between high speed and storage capacity, then SSHD will be your hero, being also a lot cheaper than the SSD (around 110 US dollars for the same capacity of 1TB).

The SSHDs produced by Seagate have a special feature that will recognize your most used apps and it will automatically send all the data from those applications to the solid-state part of the drive which will ensure the best performance for those in particular. However, it does not beat SSD’s high speed and performance.

We recommend for you to be careful about the size of your laptop, because certain drives will not be available for your laptop (being either too small or too big).