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SSD VS. HDD – How Are They Different and Which Do I Need?

If you’re looking into buying a computer, you’ve probably been looking into storage options and have found there are two types of drives to choose from: a solid state drive (SSD) or a hard drive (HDD). Why is one so much more expensive? Which one is faster? How are they different? This guide will hopefully help you make this decision based on what you need.

HDD – Old Faithful

Hard Drive
A hard drive (or HDD) with the cover removed.

Hard drives are the most popular form of storage; most likely the computer you are viewing this on has a hard drive in it rather than a solid state drive (SSD). A hard drive’s main components contain a spinning disk where data is stored and a head that moves and “reads” the data on the disk when you access information. One of the main draws of hard drives are that they can have large amounts of storage at relatively low prices; a definite plus for people with a lot of data to store. At Lotus Computer, we use hard drives in our models for customers who love the large storage spaces. This Lotus Astra i5 comes equipped with a 1TB HDD, perfect for storing family memories, music collections, and business documents.

SSD – The New Kid on the Block

Solid State Drive or SSD
A solid state drive (or SSD)

In function, SSDs are identical to HDDs. In form, they are radically different. While hard drives store their data on a spinning disk, solid state drives store information on flash memory chips; they work with the same technology as flash drives. This allows data to be stored without the need of a moving part to access it; this helps to improve access speeds for applications and processes that are running. Another type of SSD is the M.2 drive; the smaller and faster form of SSD that can also hold large amounts of data. Rather than being an actual drive it is a small card that plugs directly into the motherboard. But for what it makes up for in size, speed, and storage, it loses in cost; these can be more expensive than a regular SSD. At Lotus Computer, we prefer SSDs because of the great reliability, fast access speeds, and cost-effectiveness. Many of our laptops, such as this Lotus Eclipse 650, come with SSDs to provide our customers with a clean browsing experience. As for M.2 SSDs, this Lotus Axis 700 and other high-end Lotus models come with a lightning fast M.2 SSD, for those looking for a premium storage experience.

 

SSD or HDD – Storage Wars

There are many different factors to consider when deciding on an SSD or an HDD. If you need to access data and open programs faster, you would want an SSD. A hard drive is good for people who are worried about price and not concerned with fast access speeds. Hard drives are cheaper, but SSDs are quieter and store data in a way that can avoid fragmentation (i.e. it uses storage space much more efficiently).  Because of the architecture of a hard drive they will always be larger and bulkier than a SSD, and due to the nature of technology shrinking as new iterations come out, solid state drives could potentially get smaller as time goes on. SSDs are less prone to breaking since there is no disk that can get scratched or broken because of mishandling the computer.

Results – It’s in Your Hands 

In the battle between the drives, there is not clear winner. It comes down to personal preference and what your specific needs are. Someone looking for performance, form factor, and durability will steer more toward an SSD. An HDD is the better choice if you are worried about price or have high storage needs. If necessary, you could always get your computer with one of each to suit both needs.

HDD SSD M.2 SSD
Speed Slower due to moving parts Faster because of flash memory technology Lightning fast transfer speeds
Storage 60GB – 10,000GB (10TB) 60GB – 4,000GB (4TB) 120GB – 2,000GB (2TB)
Size (rough estimate) Large 3.5″ drive (brick) Smaller 2.5″ drive (deck of cards) Very small drive that fits on motherboard (stick of gum)
Noise  Louder due to spinning disk  Silent Silent
Price 250GB for ~$25.00  250GB for ~$100.00 250GB for ~$125.00
Durability Reading disc wears out after a few years, prone to failure  Very durable and long lifespan Long lifespan, but somewhat thin and delicate design

 

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The Best Small Business Computer

How to find the best small business computerHow to find the best small business computer

If you run a small business, you know how important technology is to the success of your business. If a computer goes down, it can cause delays when you’re helping customers, or worse. That can cause major headaches, and it’s important to find the best small business computer. An affordable and dependable computer will give your business better value.

How do you find the best computer for your small business? What does a computer need to have to be the best for your business?

  • Reliability — The most important thing for a small business computer is the ability to run for years without hiccups or failures. A small business computer should use quality components and built for reliability.
  • No junk or bloatware — Even business computers from large brands come with tons of bloatware and junk a business doesn’t need or want. Trials of antivirus programs, games, and software you don’t need add up to a bloated Windows PC. The first thing an IT administrator does with a new computer is remove the bloatware. There’s a reason!
  • Security — Every business values a secure computer. Bloatware makes for a less secure computer, but it’s important to use good security practices as well. Lotus doesn’t install bloatware and our friendly experts can help your business with security tips for the most secure experience.
  • Value and low cost of ownership — Business owners always consider price when buying equipment. But they also consider value. It makes more sense to buy a quality product that costs a little more today, if it’s going to last longer and have less chances of failing than a cheaper product. This reduces overall cost of ownership, on top of reduced energy costs through efficient computer design.
  • 100% USA-based support — Ever called one of the large PC brands for tech support and talked to someone overseas? Talking to someone overseas for free is nice and all, but you need help you can understand. That’s why Lotus offers tech support and customer service based entirely in the United States. We know our product and speak your language, so you can expect the best small business computer support.

As you can see, a small business computer is more than just any computer. It has to offer business-grade reliability, have no junk pre-installed, offer better security, and be affordable in the long run. Lotus makes computers that offer all this, and covers its computers with friendly and knowledgeable USA-based customer service and tech support.

 

Lotus Astra is the best small business computerRecommended small business computers

Let’s be honest. Your best choice is not a computer from the large brands you’re used to. If you’re buying your business computer off the shelf at your local big box retailer, you’re probably not getting the best value or the right equipment. A business computer is specially made for business.

When looking for a computer for your small business, consider Lotus. We custom build computers specifically for business, and we offer a level of support you just won’t find anywhere else.

 

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