Discussion in 'Computers, Hardware, and Operating Systems' started by G4COE, Jul 30, 2019.

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  1. G4COE

    G4COE Ham Member QRZ Page

    Just wondering, that's all.

    Anyone still using HDD these days? Yes I know SSD drives are faster and the 'in thing'. If a new drive was required which type would you go for.... and would there be a preferred usage, i.e. main drive, back up or storage etc.

  2. WA4SIX

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    SSD all the way.
    I do have 4-1TB spinny disks in a 10 array for backup.
    Even better, if you have a fairly modern computer, the new NVME drives plug right onto the PCIE bis & are extremely fast. 1TB is the size of a stick of gum.

  3. KA8NCR

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    Like any tool, depends upon the use.s

    For desktop OS and boot drives, SSD. For large amounts of static storage, still cheaper to use traditional hard drives. For now, at least.
  4. N5AF

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    I still use "conventional" HDD for backups and offline storage. For the primary OS and program drives - SSD all the way. Even older (10+year) machines with a SATA drive interface will greatly benefit from the addition of a SSD. Inexpensive way to keep those older machines relevant.
  5. KK4NSF

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    I use HDDs for all of my computers for one reason: longevity. SSDs are certainly faster for read / write operations, but have far fewer cycles before they give out.... and when they do give out, it's virtually impossible to recover the stored data. Sure HDDs are a little slower, but not nearly as much as some folks would lead you to believe.

    Unless your application requires very fast I/O, like some games, you are better served in the long run by sticking with HDDS.
  6. WF7A

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    I use both types (HDD for backups, SSD for main drive), but limit to using 7200 RPM HDDs since I'm 60 years old and won't live long enough to restore a large backup from a 5400 RPM drive.
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  7. G4COE

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    Ya' all just about persuaded my thoughts guess I'm a bit like an old inductor.... never resonating and always opposing.

    I do use a smallish SSD now and then as a test bed drive to stop me messing the main drive up when I try altering things and try different bits of software, by the way I'm on Win 7 and have XP SP3 on a older machine.

    Thank you for the replies, ya' made me wanna' go spend money on a SSD now.

  8. WF7A

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  9. N5AF

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    I guess it depends on your definition of long run. I'm still using two SSD's (Patriot Pyros) I installed back in 2011. No issues so far. One is formatted Btrfs "partitionless" and has been running Archlinux since day one. The other is a Mint (Ubuntu) install (formatted Ext4) that has been in use almost as long.

    A little slower? Run some drive throughput tests. On my ancient machines, the spinning platters were good to hit 20-25MBps. Same machine with SSD? 250-260MBps. The performance bump was very noticeable.

    Those speeds are on my old SSDs. I'm sure a modern SSD would smoke them. :)
  10. KA9JLM

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    I would rather have reliability than speed.

    I have 20+ year old HDD spinners that still work just fine.

    Time will tell how long a SSD will really last. I am sure Windows 10 will kill many of them in short order. :rolleyes:

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