Solid State Drives or SSDs have increased in popularity in the past several years as they have also become more affordable for the average consumer. These handy NAND-based flash memory chips have proven to be an excellent storage option, providing computer users with easier mobility and lower power requirements compared to the average hard disk drive.
Many believe that the current trend concerning storage devices will eventually lead to the demise of the hard drive. As notebook computers, smart phones and tablets have become commonplace, the SSD has been a more preferred option, thus encouraging notions about the decreasing popularity of the hard disk drive. Once again, new technology makes the old increasingly obsolete – or so it seems.
Will SSDs replace Hard Disk Drives? I don’t think so! For all the convenience and practicality it provides, flash memory does not quite outdo the hard disk. It is more likely that hard drives will continue to be in use, and SSDs utilized alongside them.
Out With the Old, In With the New?
It is commonly believed that flash memory is the new technology created to supplant the “older version” – which, in this case are the hard disk drives. In truth, both these technologies have been around for more than thirty years. These two have been used alongside each other and they may easily keep on doing so.
Furthermore, “old technology” isn’t always simply done away with. In a lot of situations, they continue to be utilised, especially if they serve a purpose that the “new technology” can’t quite furnish. Take magnetic tape, for example. The emergence of digital media was thought to be the end of tape recording, but here we are two decades later, and we have still not witnessed
The Irreplaceable Hard Disk
Despite popular perception about SSDs, the need for the hard disk drive has actually been constantly increasing. Consumer trends reveal that the HDD has been growing in demand at up to 40 percent each year.
Although the SSD is suitable for the various mobile devices now in fashion, there is still a need for large-capacity primary storage. Especially with the numerous applications and social media, massive amounts of content are created and stored by users daily.
Since data is now transmitted wirelessly, users feel the need for centralized storage to enable consistency and synchronization. Cloud storage meets this need in part, with a few limitations – such as congestion, to say the least. Thus, external hard drives are still very much important.
In addition, though the SSD is commonly thought of as more practical and more affordable option, flash memory with a capacity over 100 GB is much more expensive than the hard disk. SSDs also happen to be costlier to produce, debunking the belief that many hold about how high performance SSDs will eventually be manufactured, drop in price and replace the hard disk.
What the Cloud Points to
Although security issue is still a major concern in cloud storage, it is clearly an emergent option; the ever-growing demand for it prompts cloud storage providers for improved, more efficient service. Those who believe that HDDs are on the way out seem to overlook the fact that data stored in the cloud are warehoused in hard drives. HDD technology will therefore proceed to evolve and advance as it continues to meet users’ increasing storage needs.
It’s apparent that hard drives will continue to be useful as primary storage devices, and SSDs will be used alongside for retrieving smaller amounts of data. In this case, the old and the new technologies coexist to complement each other, not compete with one another.