What is a Hard Drive
A hard drive is a device that stores all the software installed on a computer as well as all the data files created and used by these software. This includes any documents you have created and downloaded such as photos and music. The hard drive is a form of permanent storage, rather than temporary memory such as random-access memory (RAM). Say, the files remain safely stored on the drive so you can use them again the next time you start your computer. If a computer is a car, then your hard disk is a speed engine. Clearly, the PC’s performance depends on the hard drive itself and the ones related to the certain characteristics of the PC.
There are different types of hard drives. The old hard drives were hard disk Drives (HDD) which use one or more rotating discs and rely on magnetic storage, and they are still abundantly used because they are cheaper as compared to other alternatives. The newer kind of hard drives are Solid State Drives (SSD) which have no moving mechanical parts, but use flash memory like the kind found in USB flash drives. SSD are expensive but are a lot more faster then HDD. If you have a regular desktop computer, you most likely have a hard disk drive. Solid-state drives are more typical for high-end, expensive laptop.
Every computer has at least one internal hard drive to store software and data. If you are using a Windows operating system, this drive is typically called the C drive. If you are using a Mac, it is just called the hard drive. If you need extra storage capacity, you can install additional internal hard drives or connect separate external hard drives.
How to Tell Which Type of Hard Drive Has Been Equipped with Your Computer
There are quite a few ways of determining the drive type in Windows PC but we will illustrate 2 ways.
Way 1: Using Windows System Information Tool
Press Win+R to open Run box, type into msinfo32.
After hit Enter key to open Window System Information tool. You need to expand to Components > Storage > Disks from the left hand menu. On the right hand pane, you can see the Media Type, here mine is Fixed Hard Disk.
Actually, there is a much simpler solution. Let’s go on.
Way 2: Using Drive Optimizer Tool
Windows Drive Optimizer (formerly called Disk Defragmenter) reports whether a drive is HDD or SSD.
You can access this utility by searching for optimize, and selecting Defragment and optimize your drives.
After pressing Enter key, a Windows prompts and listing drive media type in the system there.
Which One is Better: SSD or HDD
The HDD and SSD owns a major share of hard disk at present. Among these two, HDD are of the highest in number. The difference between them are not only faster speed, actually they are different owing to various factors. In the following infographic, we will walk you through the advantages and disadvantage of each to help you choose between a traditional hard drive and a solid-state drive in your next PC.
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