Pros and Cons of SSD and HDD Hosting

HDD

Hard Disk Drive (HDD) is a traditional data storage platform, data is stored on spinning platters or disks and has been around since 1956.

The platters or disks hold data and are read from and written to with the hard drive header, this is a very fine sensor that picks data from the hard drive disk.

Hard Drives generally spin between 8000 and 16000 RPM, this may sound fast however in the current IT world reading and writing from a hard drive is one of the slowest forms of data storage and recovery. You may be wondering what this means for your website? Well, let’s take a look:

Pros

  1. Low-Cost Storage
  2. Easier Fault Recovery
  3. Higher Disk Capacity

Cons

  1. Slow read/write speed compared to SSD
  2. Larger physical size compared to SSD
  3. Less Power Efficient than SSD

SSD

Solid State Drive (SSD) is made up of microchips that store and recover data. Unlike an HDD  SSD has no moving parts meaning it can store and recover data quicker than HDD. Generally, around 100 times faster than HDD.

SSD’s were first developed for laptops and netbooks, however website hosts like us, moved over to SSD’s for their fast and reliable data read, write and recovery speeds. Offering our customers guaranteed website speeds.

Pros

  1. High Performance
  2. Fast Read/Write
  3. Smaller Physical Size
  4. Better Power Efficiency

Cons

  1. More Costly than HDD
  2. Harder Fault Recovery
  3. Lower Capacity – Max 8TB

Overall, we recommend using SSD storage for your website hosting over HDD hosting, however HDD hosting can also be used with great effect sot here is no right or wrong choice.