Help Me Choose: Boot Hard Drive

Choosing a Workstation Hard Drive
You should configure your workstation with a hard drive based on your requirements for capacity measured in gigabytes (GB), rotational speed measured in revolutions per minute (rpm) and technology (solid-state drive or hard drive).

Solid-State Drives (SSD):
SSDs provide the best overall level of storage performance. SSDs have no moving parts, so their speed is not measured in rpm. In addition to offering higher performance, SSDs are also more durable, more reliable and operate cooler and quieter than standard hard drives.

SATA 7200 rpm Hard Drive:
For magnetic hard drives the performance is influenced by the speed of the drive measured in rpm. Higher rpm means the hard drive can transfer data faster resulting in higher performance. A 7200 rpm HDD is standard performance for desktop applications. 7200 rpm are available in the highest capacities giving you more space to store your current and future data.

SSD Boot Drive + SATA 7200 rpm Hard Drive:
Use an SSD as a boot drive configured in RAID with a 7200 rpm hard drive that offers the best of both worlds: performance and capacity. The SSD will feature fast boot up, snappy application loads and the performance benefits of the SSD. Pairing it with a SATA 7200 rpm hard drive will provide the capacity needed for current and future data storage. For this storage solution, Dell offers a small capacity 32GB SSD on T1650.

Self-Encrypting Drive (SED):
Keep your data safe by using powerful, hardware-based encryption without a negative impact on performance. With SEDs, the hardware-based encryption engine is built directly into the drive controller, delivering always-on encryption that operates at the full speed of the 7200 rpm SATA hard drive helping you maintain security without significant performance degradation. Dell's SED hard drive is OPAL compliant and FIPS 140-2 certified.

Note: The hard drive industry is transitioning SATA hard drives to Advanced Format technology. All Dell Precision workstations will utilize 512emulated (512e) Advanced Format and 512b legacy technology hard drives. For more information on the technology please visit: