Report: Microsoft wants SSD boot drives in Windows PCs

According to a report by storage market analyst Trendfocus, Microsoft appears to be encouraging Windows PC makers to launch Windows 11 devices with solid-state drives (SSD).

Manufacturers of Windows 11 PCs may utilise platter-based hard drives or Solid State Drives, as current specifications focus solely on storage space.

According to the minimum system requirements for Windows 11, Windows 11 devices must have at least 64 GB of storage.

DirectStorage, an operating system feature, requires an NVMe SSD, but it is an optional feature that would be unavailable on devices

With traditional hard drives or non-NVMe Solid State Drives. DirectStorage intends to enhance the loading speed of PC games.

In general, Solid State Drives provide superior performance over traditional hard drives. SSDs would improve

The user experience on most devices if traditional hard drives were replaced with them. 

Not all SSDs have the same level of performance, as low-cost SSDs sometimes fail to utilise the technology.

The biggest reason manufacturers aren't thrilled is cost. 1TB hard drives start at $30 if you're building a PC from scratch. Manufacturers could pay less.

1TB SSDs cost $60.
SSD manufacturers may limit storage capacity to cut costs, but that would make the device less appealing.

Low-cost devices are primarily affected by the choice to require SSDs. Most PCs use SSDs as boot drives, however the storage is usually less than 256 GB. 

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