Tech Tips: Hard Disk Drive (HDD) vs Solid State Drive (SSD) vs Solid State Hybrid Drive (SSHD)

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1. Solid State Drive (SSD)

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What is an SSD?
An SSD (solid-state drive or solid-state disk) is a non-volatile (no moving parts) storage device that stores persistent data on solid-state flash memory. It is extremely fast particularly runs best with random operations especially you are running an operating system or even gaming. It is really expensive as one SSD with 120GB can cost up to RM230 at least.
Pros: 
+ No moving parts unlike normal hardisk
+ Flash storage
+ Extremely fast load up time
Cons:
– Expensive
– Low storage space
2. Hard Disk Drive (HDD)

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What is a HDD?
A hard disk drive (HDD) is the mechanism that controls the positioning, reading, and writing of the hard disk, which furnishes the largest amount of data storage for the PC. It is quite slow compared to the programmes that we are running at this era. It runs slow with random operation systems. It takes longer time to boot up your computer. Hard Disk are really cheap where you can get 1TB (1000GB) for about RM170.
Pros:
+ Huge capacity
+ Pretty cheap
Cons:
– Not as fast as an SSD
– Moving parts
3. Solid State Hybrid Drive (SSHD) 

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What is a SSHD?
Hybrid drives are storage devices that combine Solid State Drive (SSD) with hard disk drive (HDD) technology, with the intent of adding some of the speed of SSDs to the cost-effective storage capacity of traditional HDDs. The purpose of the SSD in a hybrid drive is to act as a cache for the data stored on the HDD, by keeping copies of the most frequently used data on the SSD for improved overall performance.
Pros:
+ Built in SSD Cache
+ Balanced at Cost, Speed, and Capacity (Between the SSD and HDD)
Cons:
– Not the fastest compared to SSD
– Not the biggest compared to HDD

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