HDD and SSD Explained

With SSD (Solid State Drives)  hosting becoming increasingly popular it is important to explain the difference between traditional HHD (Hard Disk Drive) hosting and SSD (Solid State Drives). The traditional spinning hard drive is the basic non-volatile storage on a computer. That is, information on it doesn’t “go away” when you turn off the system, unlike data stored in RAM. A hard drive is essentially a metal platter with a magnetic coating that stores your data. A read/write head on an arm accesses the data while the platters are spinning.

An SSD performs the same basic function as a hard drive, but data is instead stored on interconnected flash-memory chips that retain the data even when there’s no power flowing through them. Because there are lots of small, moving parts inside a standard hard drive — magnetic heads, spindles, and spinning platters — it’s easy for things to go wrong and you could lose your important data. Without moving parts, SSDs are more durable, run cooler, and use less energy.

Should you choose SSD hosting over HDD hosting?

SSDs have a host of benefits over HDDs, mainly due to their superior speed and lack of moving parts. Compared to HDDs, SSDs:

  • Are more resistant to physical shock

  • Run almost completely silently

  • Do not get as hot as HDD

  • Have lower access time

  • Are less prone to mechanical failure

  • Use less power

With all of the benefits above, it is recommended to choose hosting with SSD drives over the traditional HDD configurations.

OLM has recently modified all of our new shared hosting plans while keeping costs low to include SSD Drives. SSD Drives combined with optimal cloud server configurations will increase the speed and performance of your website.


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