For years there seemed to be just one efficient way to store data on a personal computer – working with a hard drive (HDD). Having said that, this sort of technology is presently demonstrating it’s age – hard disk drives are loud and slow; they are power–hungry and tend to produce lots of warmth for the duration of intensive operations.

SSD drives, however, are fast, use up much less energy and they are much cooler. They furnish a brand new method to file access and data storage and are years in front of HDDs in relation to file read/write speed, I/O performance and then power efficacy. Observe how HDDs fare up against the modern SSD drives.

1. Access Time

With the release of SSD drives, data access speeds are now through the roof. As a result of unique electronic interfaces used in SSD drives, the standard data file access time has shrunk into a record low of 0.1millisecond.

HDD drives continue to work with the very same fundamental data access technique that was originally developed in the 1950s. Although it was vastly upgraded after that, it’s slow as compared to what SSDs will offer. HDD drives’ data access speed ranges between 5 and 8 milliseconds.

2. Random I/O Performance

The random I/O performance is crucial for the functionality of a data storage device. We’ve executed detailed assessments and have determined that an SSD can manage a minimum of 6000 IO’s per second.

Hard drives present reduced file access speeds as a result of aging file storage space and accessibility technique they’re employing. And in addition they display noticeably slower random I/O performance as compared with SSD drives.

Throughout Interactive World’s lab tests, HDD drives managed an average of 400 IO operations per second.

3. Reliability

The absence of moving components and rotating disks within SSD drives, and the recent advancements in electrical interface technology have led to a substantially safer data storage device, having an average failure rate of 0.5%.

HDD drives utilize rotating hard disks for keeping and browsing data – a technology dating back to the 1950s. With disks magnetically suspended in mid–air, rotating at 7200 rpm, the prospects of anything failing are generally higher.

The normal rate of failing of HDD drives can vary between 2% and 5%.

4. Energy Conservation

SSDs lack moving parts and require almost no cooling power. They also need a small amount of energy to work – trials have demonstrated that they can be operated by a normal AA battery.

As a whole, SSDs consume somewhere between 2 and 5 watts.

HDD drives are renowned for getting noisy; they’re liable to overheating and whenever you have several hard drives in a single web server, you need a further cooling unit used only for them.

As a whole, HDDs use up in between 6 and 15 watts.

5. CPU Power

SSD drives enable speedier data accessibility speeds, which will, consequently, encourage the processor to accomplish data requests considerably faster and after that to return to other tasks.

The normal I/O wait for SSD drives is simply 1%.

HDD drives accommodate reduced accessibility speeds compared to SSDs do, resulting for the CPU being forced to hang around, whilst saving allocations for the HDD to locate and return the inquired data.

The common I/O wait for HDD drives is about 7%.

6.Input/Output Request Times

The bulk of our brand–new machines are now using only SSD drives. Our own lab tests have demostrated that having an SSD, the normal service time for an I/O request although running a backup continues to be below 20 ms.

With the same server, but this time loaded with HDDs, the end results were very different. The regular service time for an I/O call fluctuated somewhere between 400 and 500 ms.

7. Backup Rates

Talking about back–ups and SSDs – we’ve witnessed a great enhancement with the data backup speed as we transferred to SSDs. Right now, a normal server back up will take only 6 hours.

In contrast, on a hosting server with HDD drives, a similar backup can take 3 to 4 times as long to finish. An entire back up of an HDD–powered hosting server may take 20 to 24 hours.

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