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Common device terms
Common device terms

All about SSD, HDD, and storage types

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Learn the differences between a solid-state drive (SSD) and a hard disk drive (HDD), plus how they impact the cost and performance of your PC storage.

  • Solid-state drives (SSDs) are the most common storage drives today.

  • SSDs are smaller and faster than hard disk drives (HDDs).

  • SSDs are noiseless and allow PCs to be thinner and more lightweight.

  • Hard disk drives (HDDs) are more common in older devices.

  • If you primarily use your PC for web browsing and light work, you may not need as much storage space.

  • If you work with large videos or files, you may want more storage.

  • If you use OneDrive or another cloud storage service for photos and files, you may need less storage on your device.

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