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New computer buying guide: SSD or HDD?

If you’ve put off buying that new computer before Windows 7 goes the way of the dinosaur, you’re probably trying to figure out what to buy. One question that comes up when buying a new computer is the hard drive, specifically whether to buy a solid-state drive (SSD) or a hard disk drive (HDD).

For most people, we recommend a SSD. The main reason: speed. These drives are considerably faster than their counterparts, and no one wants to wait for Windows to boot up on their machine. These drives are also much smaller because there are no moving parts, so that also means a smaller form factor for the computer itself, which is an added benefit.  However, these drives are more expensive, though prices have come down considerably over the last couple of years. 

The only instance where we recommend a HDD is when someone is looking for a sizable amount of storage. But as you move to more storage with the HDD, recognize that you’ll be sacrificing speed and size.  You’ll take longer to boot up, longer to open applications, longer to open and close files, etc.  The only other positive to HDD, the price will be cheaper for this type of machine.

If you have the option and you want speed as well as considerable storage, you can look into a hybrid solution. Some computers will have an SSD used for booting the machine plus HDD for the storage that is needed.  Simply look up “hybrid solution” and find a computer with both options.

We’ll be posting some more tips and tricks for buying that new computer over the next few weeks, just in time for Black Friday, Cyber Monday and prepping for Windows 7 end of life!

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