How to choose the best storage system to improve the performance of laptop

How to choose the best storage system to improve the performance of laptop

How to choose the best storage system to improve the performance of a laptop

How to choose the best storage system to improve the performance of a laptop is not as simple as it might seem at first glance. Will you need a hard disk drive (HDD), solid state drive (SSD) or a hybrid solid state drive (SSHD)? There are several important factors to consider when choosing the correct drive. Thus, none of the available solutions provide the best performance in each case. Given this, you should choose the option that would best suit your needs out of the three possible options.

Let's denote the basic selection criteria to help you decide which is the right fit to run your software and store all the files.

Form Factor

Because SSD drives have no moving elements, they are the thinnest among the available storage. These discs are particularly good for thin and light PCs and complex industrial systems. For standard notebook SSD drives are available in size 5 mm and 7 mm. For comparison, the available HDD HDD have standard dimensions of 7 mm and 9.5 mm. Most drives for example SSHD had a size starting at 9 mm and going down to 5 mm for a solid state drive.


Hard drives are the most convenient solution when it comes to increasing the capacity and the amount of data to store. In addition, the technology provides maximum ratings SSHD capacity at an affordable price, while solid-state drives are profitable only in the case of small vessels. High capacity SSD drives are extremely expensive.


SSD drives provide maximum performance when loading and high efficiency of reading and writing to support the process of computing that requires advanced multi-tasking capabilities. On the other hand, the drive SSHD can provide performance similar to the performance of the disk SSD, boot, startup and data transmission. Hard drives typically provide sufficient efficiency of the PC platform for the majority of which are delivered to date.

storage vs cost hard disc drive


At the level of affordable SSD drives have a small capacity - from 32 GB to 64 GB. However, SSD drives with large capacity is extremely expensive, especially if we are talking about gigabytes of memory. Gigabytes of hard disk drives have the lowest cost. The cost-per-GB drives SSHD slightly higher cost-per-GB hard drive.

Battery life

Typically, the system does not affect the storage life of the battery laptop more than 10%. The power of the processor and LCD brightness significantly affect battery life. However, the SSD is the most energy-efficient, and drive SSHD ranks second when it comes to this feature, as it may slow down the rotation more often than your hard drive.


Failures of technology SSD, HDD and SSHD have practically the same rating. Drive SSHD is advantageous because it uses part of the solid-state hard drives and more efficiently than could use them separately.


Solid-state drives are considered to be more durable because of the solid structure. With no moving parts, they are able to withstand increased dynamic loads, drop and heat.


With all of the above criteria the process of upgrading storage for notebook may seem complicated. However, all the criteria of economic efficiency associated with how to obtain the maximum capacity, as in the solid-state drive, or to save with a HDD?

When taking a detailed look at a hybrid solid state drives, we notice that they are the best combination of performance characteristics to meet most user requirements unless you need superfast proformance and the higher cost to go with it. 

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Example Drives to look for in the market place

Corsair Neutron Series XT SSDs come in capacities of 240GB, 480GB, 960GB


The Crucial MX200 is available in capacities of 250GB, 500GB, 1TB

The Trion 100 Series is available in capacities of 120GB, 240GB, 480GB, 960GB

BX100 comes in capacities of 120GB, 250GB, 500GB, 1TB

OCZ Vector 180 is available in 120GB, 240GB, 480GB, 960GB capacities

The SanDisk Extreme PRO SSD carries a 10-year warranty and comes in three capacities: 240GB, 480GB, 960GB

The Samsung SSD 850 PRO will be available 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB capacities

SSHD Versions

The Seagate Momentus XT comes in three capacities, 250GB (ST92505610AS),  320GB (ST93205620AS), 500GB (ST95005620AS)





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