Contact us today!
561-795-2000 
844-795-2001

FRS Pros Blog

Tech Term: Hard Drive

Tech Term: Hard Drive

Most computer users know of the hard drive, but how many actually know what it does? Depending on who you ask, you’ll get different degrees of answers. It’s rare that you’ll encounter the ordinary person who knows what the hard drive is, as well as how it works or what it does. This week’s tech term is the hard drive, so let’s dig in.

What the Hard Drive Does
The hard drive is one of the computer’s primary devices. Without it, there could be no data storage on the device--at least, not permanently. The computer’s operating system and hardware drivers will typically be installed on the hard drive, as well as any programs, data, and media. Having a large hard drive means that you’ll experience fewer issues with storing all of your data on it. Hard drives typically come in two different types: the traditional hard disk drive (HDD), and the solid-state drive (SSD).

How Hard Drives Work
The details of how hard drives work will vary depending on which type of drive it is. They are as follows:

HDD: A hard disk drive uses several internal components to store data, including the disk controller, the platter, the read/write arm, and the actuator. The disk controller communicates with the rest of the device as to how the data coming in and going out will be dispersed. Guided by the controller, the actuator will position and maneuver the read/write arm over the spinning platter. The platter is where all of the drive’s data is stored in binary code based on the platter’s magnetic polarities. These polarities are then rewritten and read according to the read/write arm.

SSD: A solid state drive runs not on moving parts, but on flash memory. This means that they are less prone to damages, much quieter overall, and able to function without nearly as much power. They are the favored memory device found in laptops and mobile devices. Of course, these benefits generally come with a higher price tag, but this inconvenience has lessened somewhat in recent years.

What’s the Difference?
The biggest difference between HDD and SSD comes from their origin stories. The HDD first hit the market back in 1956 through the ingenuity of IBM, while the SSD was initially developed by SanDisk in 1991. Flash-based SSD also became a thing in 1995 thanks to the developers at M-Systems. There is also a major difference in the overall longevity of each storage method, as the moving parts of the HDD make them more prone to a shorter lifespan.

Which One is Better?
Depending on your needs, you’ll need to pick one of the two types of devices. The HDD needs stability more than anything else, but it’s more affordable than the alternative. On the other hand, SSD is primarily used for mobile devices like laptops due to their overall durability. In general, if you can afford SSD, you want to go with it.

Do you need further help understanding the major differences between SSD and HDD? Give FRS Pros a call at 561-795-2000.

4 Strategies to Improving Your Backups
Bias Can Impact Your Business from Within
 

Comments

No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment
Already Registered? Login Here
Guest
Sunday, January 20 2019

Captcha Image

Mobile? Grab this Article!

QR-Code

Tag Cloud

Tip of the Week Security Technology Best Practices Privacy Internet Network Security Business Computing Google Business Management Cloud User Tips Tech Term Hackers Hardware Software Mobile Devices Malware Microsoft Computer Data Backup Smartphone Productivity Efficiency Browser Hosted Solutions Windows Cybersecurity IT Services Windows 10 Data Recovery Data Security Android Office 365 Email Outsourced IT Innovation Cybercrime Data Apps Smartphones Internet of Things IT Support Backup Business Continuity Upgrade Operating System VoIP Phishing Saving Money Communications Money Business Mobile Device Management Alert Vulnerability Disaster Recovery Law Enforcement Ransomware Microsoft Office Employer-Employee Relationship Small Business Applications Chrome IT Support Workplace Tips Spam Server Managed IT Services Passwords Collaboration Network Best Practice OneNote Holiday Router Managed Service Provider Google Drive Managed IT Windows 10 Information Managed IT Services Computers Unsupported Software Virtualization App Blockchain Artificial Intelligence Two-factor Authentication Cloud Computing Information Technology Users Telephone Systems Gadgets Miscellaneous Tech Support Networking Safety VPN iPhone Mobile Device Word Password Automation Facebook Audit Google Docs Project Management Data Protection Patch Management Wireless Charging Risk Management Devices Access Control Hacking Quick Tips Managed Service Gmail Hosted Solution Cost Management Save Money Avoiding Downtime Bring Your Own Device Mobility Data Breach Mobile Security Wi-Fi Update Augmented Reality Google Assistant Politics Commerce Shortcut WannaCry Travel Budget Communication Excel Fraud Wireless Technology BDR Data Management Government SaaS Proactive IT Evernote User Error Productivity Robot Business Technology Sports Touchscreen Data Storage Application The Internet of Things Social Media WiFi Cortana Encryption Data Loss Ciminal Memory Human Resources Windows 10s HBO Charger Telephony Testing Device Security Computer Forensics Peripheral Screen Mirroring Conferencing Data Theft Internet Exlporer Reputation Bandwidth Computer Care Nanotechnology Data storage Chromebook Co-Managed Services Unified Threat Management Legislation Language History Alexa for Business Hacker Adobe Workers Meetings Financial Emergency Payroll Solid State Drive Uninterrupted Power Supply Remote Computing Health Camera Windows Ink Management Emails Cast Gifts Computing Point of Sale Root Cause Analysis Printing Settings Telephone Upgrades Comparison Wireless Computer Fan Licensing Updates Projects Identity Theft Microsoft Excel IT budget Security Cameras Hard Disk Drive IT Management Outlook Search Google Maps Spyware Files Laptop PowerPoint Admin Marketing BYOD Credit Cards App store DDoS Transportation Vendor Disaster Hyperlink Specifications Virus Recovery Private Cloud Microsoft Word Identity Vendor Management File Sharing Hybrid Cloud Machine Learning IT Solutions Apple Touchpad Wireless Internet Saving Time Webinar Going Green Social Employee-Employer Relationship Scam Value Wasting Time Consultant Sales Proactive Administrator Tablets Maintenance Data Privacy Windows 7 Samsung Remote Monitoring Storage Social Engineering Streaming Media Amazon Sync Lithium-ion battery Edge Humor Gamification Keyboard Shortcuts IT solutions FAQ eWaste Legal Accessory Retail Websites Access Software as a Service NFL Hard Drive Antivirus Display Identities Chromecast Virtual Assistant Personal Information iOS WIndows Server 2008 Congratulations Computer Accessories Flexibility Music PDF Battery Smart Technology Instant Messaging Mobile Computing Scalability Analytics Text Messaging Entertainment Keyboard Black Market Cleaning Big Data Office tips Automobile Office Advertising Managing Stress Compliance Printers Cache USB Worker es How To Books Video Games Experience Education Regulation Hiring/Firing Training Monitors Work/Life Balance End of Support Virtual Reality HaaS Downtime Current Events Electronic Medical Records Thank You Crowdsourcing Relocation Employer Employee Relationship Television CrashOverride Twitter Phone System Benefits Company Culture Save Time