Should I get an external HDD or SSD?
From the earliest days of the PC, the need to back up and store data has always been present. Overtime the means of meeting these needs have evolved from floppy disks and CDs to external hard disks, USB flash drives and other external portable storage devices today. Throughout this evolution, people have continually pursued more compact form factors, higher capacities, faster transfer speeds, and even more reliability。
Your Three Main Options – Lightweight & Portable, High-Speed or High-Capacity
In recent years, SSDs have made major advancements, and now come in smaller form factors, with higher transmission speeds, less operating noise, and shock resistance. Coupled with more accessible pricing, they have become the mainstream solution for internal PC storage. The advantages of SSDs also make them ideal as external storage as well; therefore, external SSDs of all types have become a common sight in the marketplace. As a result, consumers now have three external storage types to choose from – SSDs, HDDs, and USB flash drives. Which one should you choose？
If using vehicles as an analogy, external HDDs would be comparable to a city bus. They can carry many passengers but are slower in terms of speed. USB flash drives on the other hand are like motorcycles. They are able to go fast but are limited in how many people they can carry. Lastly, external SSDs would be the sports car. It is much smaller than a city bus, but can carry more passengers than a motorcycle.
● high capacities
● larger form factor
● slower speeds
USB Flash Drive
● small form factor
● faster speeds
● lower capacity
● smaller form factor
● intermediate capacity
● faster speeds
Choose an external storage device that suits your needs!
|Usage Scenario||SSD||HDD||USB Flash Drive|
|Lots of storage||V||V|
|Long-term data backup||V||V|
|Data processing on the go||V||V|
|High-speed backup and sharing of files for on-the-go productivity||V||V|
|High-speed transmission for large resolution movies||V|