SSD vs HDD – Microsoft Windows Boot-Up Speed & Adobe Photoshop Speed Test Comparison

Updated: June 12, 2021 / Home » Hardware and Gadgets Reviews

SSD vs. HDD, what is the difference in term of speed, heat, boot up time, power consumption (watts) and more? What are the benefits? If you’re into Photoshop and gaming, SSD is a must have upgrade. Unlike adding more RAMs to your desktop or laptop, changing your hard disk to SSD will significantly boost the speed by 30% since HDD is the bottleneck in data transfer.

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SSD vs. HDD Technical Comparison SSD vs HDD Microsoft Windows Boot-Up Speed & Adobe Photoshop Speed Comparison

01 – SSD vs HDD Technical Comparison

As shown in the table below, SSD is far superior than HDD in all technical aspect, from speed to power consumption.

AttributeSSD (Solid State Drive)HDD (Hard Disk Drive)

Power Draw

2 – 3 watts6 – 7 watts

Bootup Time for Windows

22 seconds40 seconds

Noise and Vibration

No, no moving partsYes, audible clicks and spinning


Less watts less heatMeasurable amount more heat than an SSD

Life span

2.0 million hours1.5 million hours

Read write speed

200 to 500 MB/s50 to 120MB/s

File Opening Speed

30% faster than HDD30% slower
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02 – Boot Up And File Execution Comparison

Rob from ASUS compares the boot times for the ASUS U36SD-A1 with 640GB HDD ($899) vs. the ASUS U36SD-XA1 with 160GB SSD ($1099). Both notebooks have otherwise identical specifications with 2nd-Gen Intel Core i5-2410M processors, NVIDIA GT520M graphics, and 4GB of DDR3 1333MHz memory.

  • Microsoft Windows boot up time – SSD is 31 seconds faster than HDD
  • Adobe Photoshop boot up time – SSD is 29 seconds faster than HDD

Should I Upgrade?

It depends; you’ll get more for your bucks if you wait for another 6 months. Having said that, if money is not an issue, why not? I believe upgrading the hard disk to SSD is a better option than to purchase a brand new computer with faster processor that uses HDD. Remember, the read and write speed various from one brand to another. Read these previous articles on the various speed before you purchase a SSD.

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    Lokesh Singh [ Reply ]

    Are you looking for a way to increase the performance of your notebook?

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    I will soon be building a new PC build but I am unsure of which drive I should get. Samsung 830 128gb or another HD?

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    Brooke Crothers [ Reply ]

    Solid-state drives won’t approach magnetic hard-disk drives in pricing anytime soon, if ever.

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    Solid-state drives (SSDs) are expensive and hard disk drives (HDDs) are slow

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    Muhammad [ Reply ]

    I am currenlty specifying a new server for a client. There is lots of talk of SSD vs traditional HDDs lately. Thanks for compiling this info and comparison, very useful.

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