HD Terminator? Microsoft doesn’t care about Windows 11 on hard drives

HD Terminator? Microsoft doesn’t care about Windows 11 on hard drives

According to Tom’s Hardware, Trendfocus reports that companies that sell computers and laptops (OEMs) claim that Microsoft is pushing them Stop using Windows 11 hard drives by 2023. Nonetheless, the spare solid-state drive (SSD) option does not appear in the Windows 11 operating system’s minimum requirements list.

In terms of performance, the change makes sense

This isn’t even a problem unique to Microsoft’s new OS: much of Windows’ sluggish and cumbersome reputation stems from its chronically poor performance when installed on a hard drive. So in terms of performance, It makes perfect sense for Microsoft to push the company in the direction of faster storage. The problem is cost. Although SSDs have become cheaper in recent years, the price per GB is still much higher than HDDs:

As for the price…

Seagate’s 1TB Laptop HD for 300 reais, approx. 30 cents per GB. Sata SSD of the same storage capacity, Kingston A400 for R$579 – approx. 58 cents per GB. Almost double the price for the same amount of storage. Of course, automakers pay less than that, but in this comparison we can at least get a sense of the price difference.

In an interview with Tom’s Hardware, VP of Trendfocus, Replacing a 1TB hard drive at the same final cost as a PC would result in a cheaper 256GB SSD — which OEMs consider insufficient storage for most users, says John Chen. Increasing this capacity to a 512 GB SSD would exceed the price limit for cheap laptops and desktops.

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

SSD is not in Windows 11 minimum requirements

At least so far, Microsoft has only required 64GB or larger storage devices – they still haven’t specified which type of device. By the end of the year, we may see changes to these minimum requirements.

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


Although most of the current tournaments are using the operating system on a fast SSD (Solid State Drive), Most budget laptops in Brazil and other third world countries still only come with one HD. To keep costs down, desktop and laptop reseller companies ultimately opted to simply destroy all product performance in exchange for more storage capacity.

A good example is those old “all-in-ones” from LG. Usually a working desktop, but almost unusable due to the extremely slow laptop hard drive used as a boot disk.

Of course, we could just open up the laptop and replace the slow hard drive with an SSD – and while I love unscrewing computers and swapping parts, I know it’s something that requires knowledge and effort. Opening a brand new laptop is a responsibility not everyone is willing to take on—and understandably so.

In my experience, a computer with Windows in HD is pretty much useless. Simple tasks like opening a browser, replying to emails, watching videos, writing texts are tedious and take minutes to complete. These are just tasks that will be performed on a cheap computer or laptop.

Users often blame RAM memory or the fact that the computer is outdated – all it’s missing is a simple component that costs less than 200 reais. So I think Microsoft is on the right track.


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