Why Ortial chose SSD's over HDD's

Why Ortial chose SSDs over HDDs

A brief look at the industry press will demonstrate the debate on the benefits of Solid State Drives (SSDs) against Hard Disk Drives (HDDs). As a components manufacturer for servers, laptops, PCs and networks, we might be expected to produce both. However, we have chosen to specialise in SSDs. These are just some of the reasons why:

1. SSDs are not vulnerable to magnetism

HDDs are disks that spin around and write code into a magnetic coating that preserves the data, which means that any magnetic interference prevents them from working properly. SSDs use flash memory, in a similar way to SSD cards.

2. SSDs last longer than HDDs

As a technology that relies on moving parts, the shelf life of HDDs is around 25% shorter than that of SSDs. The mean time between failure rate is 1.5 million hours on HDDs, compared to 2 million on SSDs.

3. SSDs boot up quicker than HDDs

Because of the moving parts, HDDs require a warm up period before they begin working properly. The average system boot up for an SSD is somewhere between 10 and 13 seconds. This is three to four times slower for an HDD, which is around a 30-40 second average.

4. SSDs have a far higher read/ write speed and file opening speed

Using an SSD will result in quicker download and upload of data, and the difference is quite startling. For HDDs, the range is anywhere from 50-120MB/s. SSDs read and write at a minimum of 200MB/s – nearly double the HHD’s upper limit – and can extend to 550 MB/s for cutting edge technology.  The file opening of an SSD is around 30% faster than an HHD, meaning you get a lot more performance choosing this option.

5. SSDs use less power than HDDs – and produce cooler machines

Tests show that SSDs have around 50% lower power draw than HDDs, resulting in longer battery life and lower electricity bills. A side benefit of this is that the machine stays slightly cooler for longer.

6. SSDs are quieter and better behaved than HDDs

Those moving parts cause a series of clicks and whirrs on HDDs that are not present with HDDs as well as vibration in some cases. Running an SSD is silent and smooth.

7. Our customers don’t see the benefits of HDDs

There are advantages to using HDDs over SSDs, however these are best realised by huge organisations and corporations. Our customers are generally consumers, gamers and smaller enterprises looking to get the best out of existing equipment with smart upgrades. They typically will not need the huge capacity (an upper limit of 10TB) offered by HDDs.

Nor will they see the benefit of the slightly lower cost per gigabyte, which only comes into effect when buying massive amounts of data storage. In comparison with long term electricity cost savings and longer lifespan of components, SSD's work better for them every time.

About Ortial SSDs

Available in a range of consumer, performance and enterprise class SATA 2.5 type and compact M.2 form factors, in capacities up to 2TB, Ortial SSD's are engineered for servers, desktops PC's, notebook PC's and embedded industrial applications, and come with a 10 year warranty for total piece of mind. 

Browse our portfolio to learn more about our SSD range or speak to one of our sales team for more information. +44 (0) 330 1243777.