Standard hard drives have been around for a very long time. They spin, reading and writing data much like a phonograph record. They get hot. They wear out. Data loss is always possible, so back ups are recommended often. The warranty on most drives is only one year.
Solid State drives are newer and much faster, but smaller. In today’s world of fast computers, a hard drive can be a bottleneck slowing down the entire system. It’s the cog that runs the slowest. A good, high quality solid state drive is the best way to increase the performance of a slower device. They do cost more, but offer a longer warranty of about five years. Trust me, the cost is worth every penny!
A few years ago, I had a very old laptop that booted in about 4 minutes. Cloning the drive to a solid state drive reduced the time to about 15 seconds. Not only did it load faster, but everything was faster. It acted like a new computer! It’s quite amazing. Call me if you would like to know more.