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SSD vs HDD Hard Drives for Graphic Designers

SSD vs HDD Hard Drives for Graphic Designers

Let's talk about the hard drives for your computer. So I get a lot of questions about the hard drives. So whether solid-state hard drive or hard disk drive and should I get 265 gigs or should I get 4 terabytes in my computer? These are some questions that I'm going to answer in the article. I've been a graphic designer for a little under a decade now and now I work as a digital marketing manager overseeing the digital marketing assets for healthcare providers.

What is the difference between a solid-state hard drive and a hard disk drive? And why are these differences important?

While a solid-state hard drive has no moving parts you think about like a thumb drive. A thumb drive is just a little stick and the memory is written onto it and you can erase it refresh it format it whatever. But there are no moving parts to do that. The hard disk drive on the other hand has moving parts has an eye that scans the disk as the disc is going around and then it picks up the information.

So I'm gonna give you two scenarios to show you how the information is retrieved and brought to you. When you go to click an item or load an item or find an item or save an item from the different hard drives.

A hard disk drive is as if I want some information I want to know how to spell the word ambiguous. So what I need to do is go up get the source or my dictionary pulls it off of the wall finds the word ambiguous. There it is. That's how you spell ambiguous. Now opposed to me having my iPhone picking up my iPhone searching ambiguous and it auto. Correcting me which one is faster? Well, it's definitely faster to just put on my iPhone and do a quick search.

So think about it as going out finding the information and bringing it back and then opening it up. That's what the hard disk drive is doing. It's going out. It's taking its arm and scanning the disk and looking for the information. Whereas the solid-state hard drive there are no moving parts it's written directly on the memory. Grab it. I mean it's a no-brainer but the difference is is that people find it more expensive to get a solid-state hard drive newer technology, faster so obviously becomes more expensive.

So as that is concerned Here's what I often recommend people to do if they're on a budget. What I recommend you do is you run your computer off of a solid-state hard drive and you have your storage on a hard disk drive. They actually make computers with both hard drives inside of them.

So what happens when you have a hard drive that's a solid-state and a hard drive that's a hard disk drive is that you allow your computer to run all of your programs in your boot-ups on the solid-state hard drive. That makes your computer faster because if it's not going out and looking for information all the time it just loads right then and there.

And so when you launch your programs or you're starting up your computer it will boot up much faster because it's not going out and searching for all the information. And then what you can do is you can save all of your information on the hard disk drive.

So the computer boots up and runs the programs off of this solid-state hard drive and then saves all of your files in all of your memory and all of your storage that's on the hard disk drive.

So why It's more affordable?

let's say you have like 128 gigs of solid-state and you have 1 terabyte of hard disk drive space. So I give you some context. Now as far as reliability is concerned the solid-state hard drive is far more reliable because it does not have the moving parts of the hard disk drive. So if reliability something you really really need in your computer.

For instance, I'm a graphic designer and when I was going through school I had friends who would constantly lose projects because they're hard disk drives of malfunction or something would go wrong. Or if I wouldn't get saved or something would get lost.

I rarely saw that happen. If I could probably say it never happened with solid-state hard drives they're far more reliable with the absence of moving parts. And so if you're somebody who really needs reliability I would lean towards getting a computer would say 256 gigs to 512 gigs of internal memory and then getting an extra solid-state hard drive on the side say a 1 terabyte just external drive.

And that way you could have good performance with great reliability on saving files and still have more storage space externally. It'll be a far more affordable option for you.

If talking about the external drives, I like the Samsungs a lot. I think they make a really great product really fast low times and just reliable.

So as concerning to you do you need 4 terabytes of memory in your computer?

I would say unless you're on the road and you need as little gear as possible I would not recommend that it's simply because it's just really expensive. If you can have an extra external hard drive and just pop that in your bag I would do that right now. I think the MacBook Pro is peeking out at 7 Grand to have 4 terabytes of memory in it. That's really fun to talk about. I think it's kind of cool but it's just not a financially wise decision to make.

I think you're fine with 256 to 512 gigs of hard drive space and then you have an external drive. In case you go over that. I myself run a desktop hard drive and it has two terabytes and I'm still working on filling that up even with all the videos.

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