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HDD or SSD: which is better for backup?

02/10/2021

What are SSDs?

Used in computers, A solid-state drive (SSD) is a new generation of storage device. By using flash-based memory which is notably faster, they replace traditional mechanical hard disks. Previous hard-disk storage technologies run slower, which often makes your computer run slower than it should. Owing to their low read-access times and fast throughputs, SSDs speed up computers significantly

What are HDDs?

A computer hard disk drive (HDD) is a non-volatile memory hardware device that controls the positioning, reading and writing of the hard disk, which furnishes data storage. In a computer, Hard disk drives are often used as the main storage device. HDDs can be found in desktop computers, consumer electronics, mobile devices, and enterprise storage arrays in data centers, and often store operating systems, software programs and other files.

The question of which one you should use to back up your files along with the question of photos and videos is discussed below.

The first thing to discuss would be in terms of what kinds of things one would want to back up. When disaster strikes, backups are useful. Whatever the case, the question is which storage media is best for backup. It depends on what you are using it for.

  1. Operational & home office data backup

    Any office data or home data used for storing general information (documents, financial records, health records, etc.) could use a hard drive. The price per GB is much lower for HDDs than with SSDs, so you can save money. There’s nothing wrong with having extra, the extra HDD space will keep you feeling good for years. Since most of these files will be accessed on an ad hoc basis, its performance is adequate for general backup purposes.
    Closing judgement – HDD

  2. Photo and video backup

     A hard drive likely fits one’s requirements in filing and storing the information, for multimedia editing. However, if one is regularly editing multiple photos or video in 4k or higher resolution, one may observe a performance boost (and lack of time waiting on files to open or save) with an SSD before transferring to an HDD for permanent storage.

    Closing judgement – HDD

  3. General backup

    It is important to do general operating system image backups as well. It is important for one to maintain file backups or several copies of files, it’s more important that one also makes frequent backups.

    Closing judgement – HDD


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