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In 2020, the SSD represented a larger market share than the HDD!

In 2020, the SSD represented a larger market share than the HDD!

2020 was a pivotal year for the PC storage market. Indeed, last year, SSD market share surpassed hard disk drive market share with more units shipped. A first in the world of storage and it must be said that the “Solid State Drive” has serious arguments for it.

2020: a pivotal year, more SSDs shipped than HDDs!

HDD vs SSD

Image source eVantage Technology.

For example, according to the Trendfocus study, last year 260 million hard drives were shipped compared to 333 million SSDs. In spite of a number of shipments much higher than the HDD, the average capacity of the SSD is only about 670 GB against 4 TB for the hard disk! These figures are all the more staggering if we take the total capacity of each medium. This then represents 207 Eo (1 Exabyte = 1 000 000 of To) whereas it exceeds the Zo (Zettabyte). For information, 1 Zo represents one billion To.

In terms of growth, we find ourselves with an SSD market showing a +20.8% increase year on year (2019 to 2020). For its part, the hard drive market is regressing by 18% while its capacity is still increasing with a nice +13%. Nevertheless, this increase in capacity is not as significant as that of the SSD, which shows +50.4%. This is linked to technologies that are constantly evolving in order to add more and more GB to our storage media.

Finally, this evolution is understandable since, even with a price per GB higher than the HDD, this media offers clearly reduced latencies. Very practical to reduce the loading time on Cyberpunk 2077 or booting your PC. A not negligible comfort!

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