To deal with and triumph over this opponent, you first need to disarm them. Do this by admitting up-front that HDDs are definitely for storage needs beyond 1 TB – because they are. (SSDs only go up to one terabyte.)
Having given your opponent the only victory they can get from this debate, proceed to prove why SSDs are still superior by discussing the following six points:
SSDs are tougher than HDDs
It all comes down to moving parts. HDDS have many moving parts, thanks to their spinning platters and moving actuator arms. SSDs, being comprised of memory chips, do not.
In this way, an SSD is akin to a solid state quartz watch, while an HDD is like a fine Swiss mechanical timepiece. The quartz watch can take a lot more abuse than the Swiss timepiece, because it doesn’t have all those finely-tuned delicate parts to be knocked out of alignment.
SSDs last longer than HDDs
With their lack of moving parts, SSDs don’t wear out as fast as HDD. Longer life means fewer instances of employees running into IT Support and screaming, “My hard drive just crashed!”
SSDs multitask faster
SSDs access data up to 2.5 times faster than the quickest hard drives do, thanks to their lack of moving parts. This means that programs load faster on SSD-equipped computers, and that multitasking also works quicker.
Query the HDD advocate: “Which would your employees prefer; getting the programs they want immediately, or sitting around and listening to their HDDs make noise?”
SSDs run cooler and quieter
Want to rub in the point? Bring two laptops to the sales meeting. One has an SSD, the other an HDD. After letting the laptops run for a few minutes, have everyone feel which one is hotter, and listen to hear which is louder.
Point out that this saves power consumed; helping laptops run longer while out of the office. Slower power consumption means less battery charging on a daily basis = a longer battery life.
File fragmentation is a problem for HDDs, but not for SSDs. As HDDs read, write and delete files, their access time slow as the files become fragmented; literally, the data slowly gets scattered across the platters.
The same process happens with SSDs. The difference is that SSDs don’t suffer any performance slowdowns due to fragmentation.
SSDs provide better value
If your HDD opponent is still trying to play the ‘lower price of HDDs’ money card, play the ‘SSD value’ card. Notably, when you stack up SSDs’ superior performance over their lifespan, their faster data access, ease of use and lower downtime compared to finicky HDDs, SSDs are a better overall value for the money spent.
To press the point, you can always note that broadband Internet access is more expensive than dial-up, but no one uses dial-up when given the choice because broadband delivers better value thanks to its superior performance (i.e. speed). Using HDDs when SSDs are available is the equivalent of using dial-up when broadband is available.
What other SSD advantages would you include?