In previous articles, we touched a bit on the importance of backing up data on a hard drive as well as some of the pros and cons that come with using cloud storage for your photos, videos, and other important documents. In this article, we will be exploring some of the pros and cons as it regards to using hard drive storage as a photographer or videographer. With everything, there is advantages and disadvantages as nothing is completely perfect and as a result, is best we know some of the drawbacks we are getting yourself into so it doesn’t later surprise us in the future. So let us begin with some of the cons and work our way down to the pros.
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Hard drives tend to have an imaginary clock on them from the moment they start being used. A lot of us go unaware of this because we figure after spending the money we did on a hard drive, it should work for a considerate amount of years if not forever. Well if this what you thought then you’re grossly mistaken. Hard drives are predicted to last about 3 years after which time you will begin to see issues or even have it work when it feels like until it’s completely gone. These 3 years can, however, be significantly shortened if any damages are incurred through things such as bumps, if it falls or if it gets a little wet when you’re stuck in the rain. All of these factors can determine if you will have a working hard drive next week or not. With all these possibilities, it all depends on the type of photographer or videographer you are in terms of the likelihood of these things happening to you or your backup process.
A lot of these manufacturers sell you on the idea that you are being equipt with an energy-efficient hard drive when in reality this is not so. A regular Hard drive disk actually consumes more power than that of a solid-state drive or as some of you may know it as an SSD. Hard drives need more power as they are a build-up of more moving parts than an SSD and needs the extra juice to get these parts moving so that the disk drive can work efficiently for you. Most manufacturers of laptops these days are leaning more to building their products with SSD and HDD storage for this very reason. The power needed to run a hard drive will reduce the battery life on your laptop without you even knowing it.
A lot of people might think size doesn’t matter but in some cases it actually does. The form in which a Hard drive is manufactured is a lot bulkier and naturally heavier as well in comparison to a solid-state drive. Considering all the extra moving parts in a hard drive one couldn’t possibly expect anything better. All this extra bulk and weight makes it less suitable for mobility in a laptop as it adds extra weight. The technological advancement of laptops and phones have progressed to a more slender or slim profile which is accommodated very well by SSD storage.
Hard drives are a lot cheaper than SSD for some reason. Manufacturers spend less in the production of hard drives than they do in Solid states drives taking into consideration the pricing paid per gigabyte. This explains the pricing in laptops that are equipt with SSD storage than that of laptops with HDD storage. The price for SSD storage is usually twice or almost twice the amount of hard drive storage. With that said, a hard drive storage and a solid-state drive could have the same capacity with completely different price tags.
The storage capacity that Hard drives start at is a lot higher than that of capacity SSD’s start at. For example, the base storage capacity for hard drives are probably at least 250GB at a minimum and can probably go up to at least 4TB in storage. While SSD storage will begin at 128GB with a price tag matching how much it would cost from probably a 1TB hard drive which is completely ridiculous. Hard drives will give you more space for your dollar than that of Solid-state drives.
Last but not least, the accessibility of hard drives are more than Solid-state drives. It is easier to find a Hard drive on the market than it is to find an SSD. If you do find an SSD, as I mentioned earlier the price will be at least double the amount you would pay for a hard drive. This can be both good and bad as the abundance of hard drives might speak to the reliability of hard drives and their frequent failure so there needs to be more for their customers or there are more photographers and videographers like myself using HDD than SSD.