Should I buy a Mac with a solid-state drive or full-sized hard drive?

The hard drive is the storage disk that lives inside your trusty Macintosh. On this hard drive, all of your personal data including files, photos, music, applications, etc. reside, making it an almost endless file cabinet for your needs. Unfortunately, this hard drive is sensitive to knocks, drops, bumps and basic wear and tear. These spinning disks, which look like a small record player, spin approximately 4,000-7,200RPM, depending on the model. Over time, age and general usage will catch up to these devices and cause them to simply fail–usually taking your data down with them. The good point about buying a Mac with a “real” hard drive is the storage angle–these hard drives can store vast amounts of data and usually still have room left over. Apple seems to be on a mission to phase the venerable hard drive out in the coming years, after replacing most computer hard drives with something called a solid-state drive.

Solid-state hard drives have the advantage of having no moving parts inside. This can usually eliminate the damage that goes along with a severe drop of your computer on the floor, or, the general wear and tear of the internal bearings on a traditional hard drive. These SSD drives are small in form and footprint, which allows the computer to become thinner. SSD drives are also lightning fast–a typical Macintosh can boot many times faster than the hard drive of yesterday. The main drawback to these SSD drives is size–they simply aren’t as large as the traditional hard drive, which makes most people using them fill them up almost immediately. Years from now, that will even out due to the lower costs of producing these drives.

This is a hard question to answer and most people will have to look at what they currently have on their hard drive in order to answer the question. Contact Capital Mac service to schedule a consultation to see what type of hard drive is suited to your needs.