A report from a storage analyst agency Trendfocus (through Tom’s Hardware) states that Microsoft is telling unique tools producers (OEMs) to drop arduous drives in favour of SSDs by 2023 for brand new machines operating Windows. The reasoning is simple sufficient: to make for a greater end-user expertise, one thing that loads of us are all too conscious of. Still, there was one thing of a pushback to the thought.

You could not suppose the swap is such a giant downside, however as ever it comes right down to cash. Switching typically means dropping from a 1TB HDD right down to a 256GB SSD on the extra budget-focused traces. This is one thing producers, significantly in creating international locations, are detest to do. Capacity nonetheless trumps efficiency for loads of customers, it could appear.

If you have been to construct a machine your self, then you definately’re round $40 for a 1TB HDD. That type of cash tends to get you a 512GB SSD, though there are finances NVMe drives obtainable for that kind of money, just like the Silicon Power Gen 3 SSD for $43. Move as much as a 1TB SATA SSD, and you are going to get pleasure from quicker transfers and a significantly better Windows expertise, however you are doubling your storage finances.

It’s price noting that nothing has modified with regards to the formally really helpful specs for Windows 11. Microsoft asks for the next at the least:

Processor 1GHz or quicker with 2 or extra cores on a suitable 64-bit processor or System on a Chip (SoC)
Storage 64GB or bigger storage system

There are further feature-specific necessities for Windows 11, together with:

DirectStorage Requires an NVMe SSD to retailer and run video games that use the Standard NVM Express Controller driver and a DirectX12 GPU with Shader Model 6.0 assist

But that is non-obligatory, so not a part of the principle spec. We’re additionally nonetheless ready on the throughput necessities for DirectStorage, so it does not really feel like Microsoft is in a rush to extend necessities. I imply it could be good to let folks know if they will want a PCIe 4.0 SSD able to 5GB/s for optimum efficiency, or whether or not a PCIe 3.0 drive shall be advantageous.

It’d be higher for everybody’s person expertise if Microsoft simply got here out and stated that you simply want an SSD as a part of the necessities. I imply we as avid gamers know this already, however there are many folks on the market which are clearly nonetheless utilizing Windows on a tough drive. Poor sods.

At least this newest move ought to imply that OEMs are going to make the swap sooner or later. Even if it does imply operating with a tiny boot SSD paired with a extra capacious arduous drive. Baby steps, folks.