Your SSD is fast, but it also has a dirty side

Every PC user loves an SSD. They’re fast, power hungry, small, and don’t make any noise. However, due to its density and $/GB advantages, solid hard drives aren’t going anywhere for at least the next few years. As it turns out, these aren’t the only advantages of HDDs. The life cycle carbon footprint of the hard drive is also likely to be lower.

according to a study (opens in new tab) Conducted by the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of British Columbia (via Tom’s Hardware (opens in new tab)), SSD manufacturing is a fairly intensive process. NAND flash, controller chips and all advanced components are expensive, as are the energy requirements to produce them.