Your Mac is home to a living, breathing, easily viewed and accessible dinosaur of technology. It’s the Macintosh HD. The hard disk drive. HDD. Did you know that about 85-percent of all Macs sold don’t have the HDD fossil?
What does that tell you about the future of hard disk drive technology? Sooner or later, and it’s looking more like sooner than later, hard disk drives will be like CDs and DVDs. We have them. We remember them. They might even be somewhat useful even when newer technology rules– but hard disk drives are dinosaurs.
Say goodbye to Macintosh HD.
Well, maybe not quite yet. My MacBook Pro still has the Macintosh HD desktop icon. It should be Macintosh SSD, but I’m sure Apple will get around to updating it once HDs are truly gone. It won’t be long.
Why haven’t hard disk drives gone the way of CDs, DVDs, and floppy disks? Size and price. Relative to SSDs, HDs are enormous in size and remarkably low in price. One of the places where I buy Mac add on goodies is MacSales.com (Other World Computing). The company is mostly Mac specific, very service and supported oriented, and have almost anything you need at a competitive price.
1TB SSD storage weighs in at $350. A 1TB HDD can be had for about $60. Price differential explains why these dinosaurs still roam the earth. Lower prices for SSDs and HDs are available on Amazon. Oddly enough, I found a 256GB Micro SD SDXC card for $16 on Amazon. Apparently, solid state storage prices have taken a tumble in recent years (yes, there are big differences in performance between a micro SD card and the SSDs Apple uses in Mac notebook).
What does all that turmoil in the storage industry say?
Goodbye to Macintosh HD. SSDs are here to stay and will rule the earth.
Residents of the Mincey Plantation have more than our fair share of old fashioned hard disk drives around. None are in use as primary storage, but all continue their yeoman work as backup disks. Every Mac has two or three. I found a 3TB Western Digital My Cloud Personal NAS (network attached storage) on Amazon for less than $200. That’s more than enough storage to backup a few Macs, iPhones, and iPads. Think of it as a very big iCloud account for a very low price tag. That kind of product makes a good storage option for backups, but not so much for everyday use.
HDs are dinosaurs and one day they will be gone.