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The High Performance Of Hard Drives And SSDs

Modern hard disk drives (HDD) come with very pleasant speed that would impress the majority of users and impel them to dispensing with the blazing-fast storage solution solid state drive (SSD). Yes, an SSD is still much faster than the fastest hard drive available but the logical question must be asked in this place: who really needs that extraordinary speed? Does a gamer who’s mainly dependent on the performance of the CPU and graphics card really benefit from the high performance of the storage device where all their games are stored? This issue must be clear enough to the one who aims at picking a new storage drive for their system.

Going With A Hard Disk Drive Is Not Bad

The problem with “general rules” in the hardware space is that they lead buyers to believe there’s a clear buying hierarchy without regard to use case scenarios. Western Digital (WD)’s general rule is Black > Blue > Green, but it’s not always that simple – there are different use case scenarios attributed to each color, and “best” is classified more by the usage than by the color of the label on the drive chassis. Desktop-style drives currently top out at 6 terabytes (TB) per mechanism, but some drive manufacturers put two to four mechanisms into a drive chassis for more storage (i.e., two 4TB drives equal 8TB of storage). Notebook-class drives come in capacities up to 2TB, but capacities from 500GB to 1TB are more common.

The two machines are called the “Enforcer 12,000” and the “Nemesis 480”. The Enforcer 12,000 is portable and can be used at customer locations for on-site hard drive destruction which is HIPAA and FACTA compliant. The Nemesis 480 is a stationary hard drive shredder. To choose an HDD for gaming there are factors you must heed to before taking this step. Intact hard drives are fed into the machine and they are completely shredded. Green Lights Recycling knows that confidential data destruction is imperative and these new machines allow us to ensure that confidential data is completely destroyed.

A well-known website did the testing for us. Designed from the ground up to go far beyond everyday use, the drives were subjected to writing and deleting files of random size; some files were compressible, others were not. The testing was meant to torture, and eventually kill, the hard drives in question.

Let’s cut the technical details and get to the bottom line. All drives tested survived past their official endurance specifications. Each wrote well over 100 terabytes of data without any issues. Every drive eventually died, but they all lived well beyond how much an average person would use them.

SSD For Gaming, Worth It?

A terabyte is 1000 gigabytes. An average modern USB drive holds 16 gigabytes, so based on that each terabyte would need 63 USB drives. 100 terabytes of data would need over 63,000 USB flash drives – can you imagine ever creating that much data in your computer’s lifetime? A word about multiple drives: You can increase capacity, speed or data protection by buying an external RAID array, but multiple drives add expense and (some) complexity. Solid State Drives, or SSDs, are increasingly common in small form factor computing like notebooks and netbooks; but SSDs are also used in the desktop and enterprise space by those looking leverage the speed of an SSD to get maximum performance. While solid state drives have several benefits, including speed, longevity and practically no noise output. Once you connect a simple (single volume) external RAID array to your PC or Mac, it will show up and act as any other external drive. After that, it can become more complex. Solid State Drives (SSD) can be used for gaming computers but the advantages you’ll notice are not remarkable compared to traditional hard drives. You should consider a drive with support for RAID levels 1, 5, or 10 if you’re storing really important data that you can’t afford to lose. There are other RAID levels for speed, capacity, and other factors like software vs. hardware RAID. Read our excellent primer RAID Levels Explained for a more in-depth explanation. Storage is the hard drive’s responsibility. Everything you keep on your computer is on a hard drive. Not just documents, pictures, music, and videos. Your programs, your preferences, even your operating system—they’re all stored on your computer’s hard drive. If your hard drive is damaged, you can lose it all. That’s the sad truth. Which is why most people have a backup system. They get another hard drive and copy all their important files onto that.

PlayStation 4, an SSD or HDD?

The ideal drop-in replacement for conventional HDDsin Server, Data Center, Database Processing, Storage Array, Work Station and Enterprise environment application. In the case of the former, you may have issues launching or playing certain games. We’ve seen complaints of this related to Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Driveclub, and the newly launched Rocket League, though other games may be affected as well. That’s a huge number which is even more impressive when you consider it’s around double the number of Xbox One consoles that have sold in the same time period. The sales gap is growing every day, too, despite Microsoft’s price cuts to bring parity to the dual. Solid state hard drives are a lot like USB flash drives: They don’t use moving discs that could be scratched by a wayward bump. Typical hard drives write on and read from discs similar to DVDs. Now when you own a PlayStation 4 (PS4) you are faced by two options: either go for an HDD or SSD. Honestly talking to you, I strongly recommend a hard drive (HDD) for your PS4 instead of an SSD.

With no moving parts, there is less chance the drive could be damaged. They write and read data more quickly than traditional hard drives. But the question remains: how reliable is a solid state drive after thousands of gigabytes of information is saved to them?

Updated: July 10, 2015 — 7:39 pm
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