Old Computer Parts that Should be Part of History in the 21st Century

The hard disk drive is an old computer part given its mechanical components, such as actuators, magnetic platters, and read-write heads!3 min

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Last Updated: October 13, 2020

Yes, you have used these old computer parts and have been proud of them for decades. You probably still have some of them on your shelf, for sentimental reasons, but truth is, they have become reminiscent of floppy drives, tape drives, and the CRT display units which have long gone extinct.

The devices listed below surely do not belong in the 21st Century, especially now that technology is embracing the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

To Hell With Old Technology!

Here are my humble arguments against these old computer parts:

1. The Hard Disk Drive

hard disk belong to old computer parts
The old hard disk drive and SDD side by side

The first computer hard disk drives (HDD) were manufactured way back in the 1950s. They were a marvel back then and have steered storage up to now.   HDDs have graced our computers ever since because they are cheap, and have large storage capacities.

But we all know the archaic technology used in these storage devices. Hard disk drives are mechanical and contain lots of moving parts such as actuators, magnetic platters, and read-write heads. Now, these parts do not fare well if your computer encounters mechanical shocks such as power outages or forceful shutdown. Power outages are unavoidable in many parts of the world, and poor use of technology is still commonplace.

Secondly, we have gone past that stage in evolution where we have to switch off our computers normally. Why should we? We are not mandated to do this with our smartphones and tablets.

Thirdly, hard disks are slow, consume a lot of power and add additional weight to computers.

The Alternative?

All the failings in hard disk drives are solved by embracing the solid-state disk drives (SSD), and cloud storage for others.

SSDs are not mechanical, offer better speeds, consume less power and are considerably light. Of course, they are not entirely fail-safe, but still, and despite the higher price ranges, offer reliability and peace of mind.

Comparing HDD and SSD

 Power useRead speedWeightAccess time
HDD6       watts50 – 10050010
SSD2 – 3 watts200 – 500500.1

2. Optical Disc Media & Drive