SSD vs HDD – Rand per GB price comparison

Upgrading to a solid state drive can make a big difference to your computer’s performance, but faster drives come with a higher price tag.

Cloud storage provider Backblaze recently said hard disk drives will still be used in enterprise applications for a long time before they are replaced by SSDs.

This is due to the higher price per GB of SSDs compared to mechanical drives.

SSDs use flash memory to store data, offering increased speeds and a reduction in moving parts – which increases shock absorption and decreases the footprint of the drive.

Conversely, hard drives store data magnetically on spinning platters and are limited by the speed of their mechanical components.

Pricing comparison

To see how big the price differences are, we compared the pricing of 2.5-inch SSDs with that of HDDs to determine the price per GB of each device.

All pricing information was taken from Wootware to avoid retailer price differences playing a factor.

The cheapest drives available for each capacity were selected for the comparison.

Drive Capacity Price Rand per GB
Hard Disk Drives
Seagate Barracuda 500GB R672 R1.34
Western Digital Blue 1TB R629 R0.63
Seagate Barracuda 2TB R929 R0.46
Seagate Barracuda 3TB R1,279 R0.43
Seagate Barracuda 4TB R1,599 R0.40
Seagate 5TB R2,474 R0.49
Western Digital Blue 6TB R2,637 R0.44
Seagate Ironwolf 8TB R3,865 R0.48
Solid State Drives
Western Digital Green 120GB R649 R5.41
Crucial BX200 240GB R1,199 R5.00
Kingston 480GB R2,476 R5.16
Crucial MX500 500GB R2,099 R4.20
Crucial MX300 1TB R3,899 R3.90
Crucial MX500 2TB R8,273 R4.14
Samsung 860 Evo 4TB R20,951 R5.24

Performance payoff

The price comparison shows the pricing difference between solid state and mechanical storage, with consumer SSDs costing over 10-times as much as HDDs per GB.

It is a high price to pay for the improved speed, but an increasing amount of laptops are shipped with SSDs – due to the substantial performance benefits.

Whether you are a gamer looking to shorten your load times, or a travelling professional who wants their device to boot up as quickly as possible, an SSD is a must-have.

However, if faster read and write speeds do not greatly affect your PC use, the higher price of a solid state drive may not be worth it.

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