Say goodbye to hard drives! With Windows 11, Microsoft wants to get rid of it by 2023

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After the arrival of Sata SSDs, and then NVMe SSDs, Microsoft’s desire not to have any major hard drives with Windows 11 could end up making hard drives disappear, those good old “hard drives”.

You’re nearing the end of hard drives!

To store your data, there are three basic solutions:

  • hard drives
  • SATA SSD drives
  • and NVMe SSDs

A hard drive is a cheap, large capacity type of storage but is very slow compared to current standards and less reliable over time.

Sata SSDs came to replace them by offering much better speed, but today they are completely overtaken by NVMe SSDs which are better in all respects.

Smaller, more efficient, more efficient… Only their price tag still allows Sata SSDs to withstand shock.

But what about hard disks?

Found in the oldest or really cheap computers, it’s also very exciting to store a large amount of data without breaking the bank.

  • Whereas a Sata SSD will cost you around 700-800€ for 8TB storage, 10TB HDDs (hard disks) can be found around 300€.

With Windows 11, Microsoft is trying to push manufacturers to use SSDs instead

Previously, all computers had hard drives. It was the perfect solution for storage, but also for running your own operating system (OS).

However, it is increasingly rare to find new computers today for which the main storage is not an SSD.

In fact, if you’ve ever had the opportunity to replace an old hard drive with a Sata SSD, on a fairly old laptop for example, you’ve seen the huge difference that applies to the computer.

Startup becomes much faster and all load times are reduced, which brings tremendous convenience in use. To a lesser extent, it is the same between a Sata SSD and an NVMe SSD.

Say goodbye to hard drives!  With Windows 11, Microsoft wants to get rid of it by 2023

So when we heard that Microsoft was pushing hard drives away from primary storage in the coming years, we weren’t too surprised, because it makes sense from a performance-focused standpoint.

It’s in a brief note from a data storage industry analyst company Direction focus That information has been disclosed:

  • As of 2023, Microsoft no longer wants to use hard drives for Windows 11, the company’s new operating system.

In fact, the company had approached OEMs (original equipment manufacturers), the companies responsible for manufacturing parts, with the goal of not having a single PC pre-built with Windows 11 installed on a disc. difficult by 2023.

The deadline is pretty fast, but we don’t have all the info yet on how Microsoft wants to turn things around.

Say goodbye to hard drives!  With Windows 11, Microsoft wants to get rid of it by 2023

Currently, to install Windows 11, your computer must meet the following characteristics:

  • Have a 64-bit processor or SoC with at least 1 GHz and 2 cores
  • Have at least 4 GB of random access memory (RAM)
  • You have at least 64 GB available storage space
  • You also need Secure Boot to be UEFI compatible, have a TPM 2.0 version, and your graphics card is compatible with Direct X 12 or later.

Therefore, at the moment, there is no mention of the mandatory use of a solid-state drive. Only one feature, DirectStorage, requires an NVMe SSD.

However, this feature is not mandatory and we can then ask ourselves if there is a real need for this change.

While gamers will hardly be impressed, those looking for low-cost PCs will have to put more money on the table if they want more storage space.

John Chen, Head of Trendfocus explains that if we had to replace a 1TB hard drive, we’d only get, for the same price, a 256GB SSD, which would be largely insufficient for a large number of users. Fortunately SSDs are dropping in price and hopefully will be more affordable than ever before by 2023!


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