HDDs aren't going away anytime soon.
Exactly. As with serial, parallel, IDE, 32-bit, 16-bit, electricity, petroleum, plastic, paper, cardboard, real humans, real food... HDDs are cheap, no nonsense and familiar and whether you like it or not, still the "standard". Those who call them "clunkers" are ignorant, dismissive fools; ye riders of high horses.
HDDs, SSDs and other high density storage for the general population are just dumping grounds for virtual garbage, filth, mould, diseases, virii. A typical modern OS takes up perhaps 30GB max (usually far less, if you avoid bloatware and custom install) so the rest of the other up to 1.5TB is a wastebin accumulated with one's waste of time and life.
HDDs, SSDs should be capped at say, 300GB max. That would encourage software writers, camera/video makers to be more efficient and stop the ever increasing race to the bottom (bloat/mal/crap/toolbar/plugin/spy wares disguised as "features" and "enchancements"; megapixel race; electronics industry rorts) to scam the consumers and make more easy money.
I personally prefer SSDs and I will get one soon myself. Actually, I'm going to get five of them, since they're on special. Anyway, HDDs will stay as complimentary backup and will remain thus in the industry for a long time to come. What about the cloud? Well, what if it rains and there's a storm, then you're stuffed. A 1TB drive (should not be sold) costs ~$80 and you can keep it offline and stored safely whereas online backup is exhorbitantly priced for comparable storage. And do you really trust the great big spy agency aka the cloud? Since lots of countries are still on slow internet connections, why would people waste more time uploading and downloading their waste of time and life when one can do thus on a cheap as chips HDD.
As has been mention numerous times, store HDDs in NAS in another room, then the noise issue from these medieval devices will be mostly irrelevant. Besides, it's hard to find very noisy computer parts these days; that is, if you are informed and care about such, then you will know what to and what not to buy in the first place. What concerns most these days is power consumption. Watts add up. They do. And they add up to dollars. And with carbon taxes and ETSs (which I'm against) being foisted on us by the academic classes, it's just going to get worse for families already struggling in these difficult economic times. "Oh, but the planet." As if they themselves really care anyway.
Excuse me while I stock up on SSDs before they introduce an ETS.