Complete PCs with a Windows operating system should always boot from an SSD from 2023. Microsoft apparently makes the default for PC manufacturers.
It works According to Microsoft, from 2023 all complete PCs will have SSDs on which Windows is preinstalled. At least that’s what the Trendfocus market research team, which specializes in storage media, reports, citing sources from PC manufacturers.
The requirement applies to cheap desktop PCs, which for cost reasons often have 1 TB hard drives with pre-installed Windows installed. An SSD that is just as expensive to buy would only be 256 GB in size, but it would be significantly faster in everyday use. Especially because of the fast random access, even inexpensive SATA SSDs feel faster than HDDs, for example when starting programs.
In retail trade, a 1 TB HDD costs around 30 euros. 256 GB SSDs are available from around 25 euros – 512 GB, on the other hand, cost more than 40 euros. For cheap PCs that have to meet certain price points, for example 250 or 300 euros, 10 euros can already be decisive.
SSD obligation should actually come in 2022
In an interview with the Website Tom’s Hardware says Trendfocus Vice President that Microsoft actually wanted to push through the switch to SSDs as the primary drive in all complete PCs as early as 2022. However, PC manufacturers have agreed on a postponement to 2023 with Microsoft and are currently trying to postpone the transition to early 2024.
For notebooks, hard drives as the primary drive have long since ceased to be an issue, since cheap devices use eMMC Flash memory is used. This is usually faster than an HDD, but can only be soldered firmly. There are no pluggable modules, which is why eMMC storage is not an issue for desktop PCs.