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Old 09-28-2018, 12:38 PM
 
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is 256 GB SSD the same as 256 GB HDD? Because 256 GB HDD is nothing.... so I don't know why these newer laptops are only selling 256 GB SSD. Other than storage amount what else is difference between SSD and HDD? My laptop is HDD and 500 GB. Does this mean if I want to get the same amount of storage I have to buy 500 GB SSD?
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Old 09-28-2018, 12:43 PM
 
Location: Herndon, VA
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They are the same in size yes, but in performance "not even close". SSD technology is more expensive but is far superior in performance and speed. Why do you need so much local storage? If you do have a need for so much, but an external USB 1TB HDD for less than $50 and use it.

I always suggest that people get an SSD drive in computers, because it is night and day difference in how fast the computer will seem.
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Old 09-28-2018, 01:19 PM
 
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And there are plenty of laptops with bigger SSD drives.
My laptop has a 256 SSD. I don't keep much on it. I use my desktop for storage.
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Old 09-28-2018, 01:25 PM
 
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is 256 GB SSD the same as 256 GB HDD? Because 256 GB HDD is nothing.... so I don't know why these newer laptops are only selling 256 GB SSD. Other than storage amount what else is difference between SSD and HDD? My laptop is HDD and 500 GB. Does this mean if I want to get the same amount of storage I have to buy 500 GB SSD?
Laptops rarely have more than 250-500 GB of storage space, particularly these days with the near ubiquity of wifi access and cloud storage, as well as speedy Thunderbolt or USB 3 connection to external drives. It's actually gotten to be less wise to put too much data on a laptop anymore.

As has been mentioned, an SSD makes a laptop feel incredibly more snappy. More importantly, an SSD impervious to the bumps and jostles laptops are prone to suffer, and nearly impervious to the increased heat laptops are prone to suffer (compared to desktops).
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Old 09-28-2018, 02:56 PM
 
Location: HoCo, MD
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is 256 GB SSD the same as 256 GB HDD? Because 256 GB HDD is nothing.... so I don't know why these newer laptops are only selling 256 GB SSD. Other than storage amount what else is difference between SSD and HDD? My laptop is HDD and 500 GB. Does this mean if I want to get the same amount of storage I have to buy 500 GB SSD?
It's not just how much you have, but how much you are using (and need). I have a 256GB SSD, and there's 150GB available. And I have two virtual machines on here as well.

As other's have indicated, as we continue to put more things in the cloud, the need for local storage decreases. Sure, if you are someone that works with a lot of audio/video/visual stuff, you're likely going to need more storage than the average joe. But you also have more options these days with external storage or SAN/NAS.
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Old 09-28-2018, 03:06 PM
 
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A 1TB old fashioned HDD, even in a new computer, will make the computer feel as slow as a 5+ year old computer. An SSD of any size will feel very fast.


Also, this is more technical than you're probably interested in, but a computer with an M.2 SSD will feel so fast that you'll probably rarely upgrade again in the future. M.2 is nearly 6 times faster than a standard SSD, and a standard SSD is about 5-6 times faster than a standard hard drive.


I'm a power user but still don't store more than ~100gb on my computer since the rest is in the cloud.
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Old 09-28-2018, 09:37 PM
 
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A 1TB old fashioned HDD, even in a new computer, will make the computer feel as slow as a 5+ year old computer. An SSD of any size will feel very fast.


Also, this is more technical than you're probably interested in, but a computer with an M.2 SSD will feel so fast that you'll probably rarely upgrade again in the future. M.2 is nearly 6 times faster than a standard SSD, and a standard SSD is about 5-6 times faster than a standard hard drive.


I'm a power user but still don't store more than ~100gb on my computer since the rest is in the cloud.
Note that M.2 is a form factor, not an indication of speed. It could be SATA M.2 which is the same speed as a 2.5” SSD.

What you are referring to likely is a PCIe SSD with 4 lanes (x4) You have to make sure your computer supports this format, even if it uses M.2 drives.
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Old 09-29-2018, 12:50 PM
 
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Some of you store more and more in the cloud. Some of us don't.

We have 525GB SSD's and 1TB HDD's in our laptops and a server with a few terabytes of storage.
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Old 09-29-2018, 01:18 PM
 
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Many newer SSDs are larger than the stated size and retain 25-50% more capacity for reassigned use when primary areas wear out or fault. Most, in fact, are manufactured with considerably more than the nominal storage space and at fabrication time, map out good, tested storage up to the specified size and stop. The internal drive maintenance watches for weak areas and remaps them into good areas of the unused capacity - all of which greatly extends the useful life of the drive.

SSD lifespan is measured in total writes, which is (IIRC) on the order of 10,000 times the stated capacity.

As alluded to in some prior posts, this is one of the few areas of PC tech that is radically different from all that's come before and is fairly complex. It's worth reading up on SSDs, M.2, U.2 etc. and understanding the different form factors and bus technologies. Might save you from buying an inferior upgrade for a system that can handle something better!
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Old 10-01-2018, 08:20 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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Laptops rarely have more than 250-500 GB of storage space, particularly these days with the near ubiquity of wifi access and cloud storage, as well as speedy Thunderbolt or USB 3 connection to external drives. It's actually gotten to be less wise to put too much data on a laptop anymore.
Disagree with all of that. 1TB laptops are anything but rare. There's a lot of people not storing everything they need on Dropbox or Google Drive.
A lot.

Search> Amazon> 1 TB laptops: result
1-24 of over 10,000 results for Electronics : Computers & Accessories : Computers & Tablets : Laptops : 1 TB
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