Currently, SSDs, which are characterized by high-speed processing, and HDDs, which have a large capacity , are the two mainstream storages (internal storage media) used in personal computers. Since there are advantages and disadvantages to both SSDs and HDDs, you may be wondering which one to use on your own computer. In such a case, it is also recommended to obtain both an SSD and an HDD and use them together on your computer. In this content, we introduces advantages and disadvantages of using an SSD and an HDD together, and the setting method for using an SSD and an HDD together on your own computer.
・1. Advantages and disadvantages of using an SSD and an HDD together
SSDs are attractive for high-speed data processing and HDDs are attractive for large capacities. What happens when both are used together? Here, we introduces advantages and disadvantages of using an SSD and an HDD together on one computer.
・1-1. Advantages of using an SSD and an HDD together
By saving apps such as OS and games that you use every day into an SSD and data such as photos, music, and videos into HDD, it is possible to save a lot of data while improving the startup speed of PCs and frequently used apps. Also, by using an HDD together, the price can be reduced compared to building storage of the same capacity with an SSD alone. It also reduces the frequency of writing data to an SSD, which also extends the life of an SSD.
If you use an SSD as a system drive (which mainly stores an OS) and save backup images for initialization in an HDD, you can restore your data in a short time even if a problem occurs on an SSD system.
・1-2. Disadvantages of using an SSD and an HDD together
There are also disadvantages to using an SSD and an HDD together. There is no problem when building a drive with an external HDD, but if both an SSD and an HDD are built into a personal computer, it is necessary to connect and set the SSD and HDD. It means some technical knowledge is required. Also, if both an SSD and an HDD are built in, much space and slots are required inside the computer. In many cases, there is no problem with desktop computers, but in the case of small laptop computers, it is possible that there is not enough space to incorporate both.
・2. Setting method when using an SSD and an HDD together
How should you make the settings when using an SSD and an HDD together on one computer? The methods for using an SSD and an HDD together are as follows.
・Purchase a personal computer with an SSD and an HDD initially installed
・Use an external SSD or HDD, and connect
・Built-in an SSD and an HDD in your existing personal computer
If the computer itself is initially equipped with two types of drives, or if you use an external device, you do not need to make any special settings. However, if you want to include both types of drives, you need some settings and knowledge about them. Here, we explains the setting method when an SSD and an HDD are installed inside and used together, using a PC with Windows 10 as an example.
・2-1. Connect an SSD (or an HDD) to your computer
Remove screws from the computer case and install an SSD or an HDD. At that time, when migrating an OS from an HDD to an SSD, use a specified software to copy all the data in advance. Also, the capacity of an SSD must be larger than the capacity used by the HDD until then, otherwise it will not operate normally. Choose one that has a larger capacity than the copy source.
・2-2. Change boot priority
Open BIOS screen and change the boot priority from an HDD to an SSD. BIOS screen is generally called by pressing F2 key or Delete key on the boot screen. However, since the method differs depending on computers, it is necessary to check in advance. If AHCI is not enabled, please start BIOS screen and enable it as well.
・2-3. Check a save location of files
An SSD that stores OS is described as “C drive”, an HDD that stores data such as photos, videos and music is described as “D drive” or “E drive”. Please check if the file storage location is “D drive” or “E drive”.
If you want to change the file storage location to D drive or E drive, first open the “Explorer” screen. When the folder for which you want to change the save destination is displayed, right-click and open the properties. You can select the destination by opening the “Location” tab on the property screen and clicking the move button. Therefore, select a local disk (D) or (E), create a new folder, and specify it.
・3. Conclusion. There are many advantages to using an SSD and an HDD together
If you use an SSD and an HDD together, you can fully bring out the advantages of an SSD and an HDD. When you actually use them, you will find that it is very easy to use and you can achieve both performance and capacity. Why don’t you try to build a better working environment on your own personal computer by skillfully using both an SSD and an HDD?