Windows 11: Microsoft wants to do away with hard drives in PCs

Windows 11: Microsoft wants to do away with hard drives in PCs

According to a report from analyst firm Trendfocus, Microsoft is pressuring its OEM partners to use only SSDs as the primary storage device with Windows 11 in 2023.

Will Microsoft rule out traditional hard drives for booting Windows 11? This is suggested by a report from the analysis firm Trendfocus that our colleagues from Tom’s Hardware were able to consult. According to this report, Microsoft is forcing its OEM partners to stop using HDDs as their primary storage media and switch to SSDs. This obligation would be applied in 2023.

This change is important because, for now, the minimum system requirements for Windows 11 do not mention the use of an SSD. It just requires a storage capacity of 64 GB.

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However, Microsoft specifies that two functions of Windows 11 require an SSD: DirectStorage to reduce the loading time of video games and the Windows Subsystem for Android. But these functions are not mandatory, so currently you can use Windows 11 with a hard disk. The constraints of the system are mainly at the level of the processor and TPM security chip.

SSDs became the majority in 2021

If ever Microsoft forces manufacturers to choose an SSD as the main storage medium, this would not have a critical consequence for most computers. Indeed, SSDs have caught up with HDDs and even surpassed them in terms of delivery in 2021, according to analyst firm Statista.

Statista - HDD and SSD shipments
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Thus, laptops now mostly come with an SSD, as well as gaming machines that use them as primary storage, often in combination with a hard drive as secondary storage. SSDs have the advantage of their transfer speed, which will expect 13000 MB/s with future PCIe Gen5 models. But hard drives are distinguished by a better capacity/price ratio and above all by significantly higher capacities. Thus, Western Digital announced the first 26 TB model intended for data centers. These arguments also explain why NAS users continue to prefer them to SSDs.

Even though the price of SSDs has dropped considerably in recent years (count around 90 euros for the cheapest 1 TB M.2 model), they are still more expensive than HDDs overall, which can pose a problem for computers. ‘entry level. According to Trendfocus, replacing a 1 TB hard drive with an SSD at the equivalent price would lead to choosing a 256 GB model, a value deemed insufficient by OEM partners. According to comments collected by Tom’s Hardware, they are trying to push the deadline to 2024 for office machines and for those intended for emerging markets. It remains to be seen whether Microsoft will listen to its partners and change its mind.

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Tom’s Hardware

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