HDs finished? Microsoft doesn’t care about Windows 11 on the hard drive

According to Tom’s Hardware, the company TrendFocus reports that companies selling computers and notebooks (OEMs) claim that Microsoft is pushing them. Stop using Windows 11 hard drives by 2023. However, the optional Solid State Drive (SSDs) option does not appear in the list of minimum requirements for the Windows 11 operating system.

In terms of performance, change makes sense

This is not a unique problem for newer versions of Microsoft’s operating systems: most of Windows’ reputation for being lazy and annoying comes from its poor long-term performance when installed on a hard drive. So in terms of performance, Microsoft should push companies towards faster storage. The problem is cost. Although SSDs have become much cheaper in recent years, the cost per gigabyte is much higher than a hard drive:

About the price …

Seagate’s 1 terabyte notebook HD costs about 300 rias 30 cents per gigabyte. The Sata SSD with the same storage capacity as the Kingston A400 is priced at 579 rias – around 58 cents per gigabyte. Practically double the cost for the same amount of storage. Of course, automakers pay less than that, but in this comparison we can imagine the difference in the minimum price.

In an interview with Tom’s Hardware, TrendFocus vice president, John Chen said replacing a 1TB hard drive at the same cost as a PC would result in cheaper 256GB SSD-storage that OEM would consider insufficient for most users. Already increasing this capacity to 512 GB SSD will exceed the price limit for cheaper notebooks and desktops.

“Automakers are trying to push that date to 2024, but negotiations are still ongoing,” said John Chen.

SSDs are not among the minimum requirements of Windows 11

At least so far, Microsoft only needs 64GB or more of storage devices – they have not yet specified what type of device. We expect to see a change in these minimum requirements later this year.

Two types of SSD: SATA and NVME – Source: Oficina da Net


Although most people at this stage of the championship use the operating system on a fast SSD (solid state drive), In Brazil and other third world countries most cheap notebooks are still sold with only one HD. To reduce costs, desktop and notebook reseller companies choose to destroy all product performance in exchange for larger storage capacity.

A great example of this is LG’s old “all-in-one”. Desktops that would normally work well, but are virtually useless because of the extremely slow notebook hard drives used as boot disks.

Of course, we can just open the notebook and replace the slow hard drive with an SSD – and while I enjoy unscrewing the computer and changing parts, I realize that this is something that requires knowledge and effort. Opening a brand new laptop is a responsibility that not everyone is willing to accept – understandably.

Based on my experience, computers with Windows installed in HD are very useless. Simple tasks like opening a browser, replying to an email, watching a video, or writing a text are boring and take minutes to complete. And these are just tasks that can be done on a cheap computer or notebook.

Users often blame the fact that RAM memory or a computer is old – when it contains only a simple part that costs less than two hundred rias. So I think Microsoft is on the right track.


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