Are Hard Drives Going Away?

Are hard drives becoming obsolete?

PCs with hard drives remain common, but the fastest machines use banks of flash memory called a solid-state drive (SSD) instead.

SSDs no longer are exotic.

So, while SSDs are ascendant, don’t count hard drives out as obsolete.

How long will my hard drive last?

A Hard Drive’s Life Span

Generally speaking, you can rely on your hard drive for three to five years on average. The online backup company BackBlaze analysed the failure rates of their 25,000 running hard drives. They found that 90% of hard drives survive for three years, and 80% for four years.

Which is more durable SSD or HDD?

It is generally thought that mechanical Hard Disk Drives (HDD), is more reliable in the long run with reads/writes, as a SSD has a maximum number of writes that it can handle. However, SSDs are more reliable with shock damage because they contain no moving parts.

Why are hard drives still used?

Hard disk drives store data by writing bits magnetically to spinning platters, and can store large amounts of data cheaply. SSDs use flash memory to store data, offering increased speeds and a reduction in moving parts – which increases shock absorption and decreases the footprint of the drive.