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    Posted on 23-05-03, 07:27
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    Posted by wertigon

    For me, a 2 TB SSD is large enough. I don't need more storage on my system. Sure, for backup drives and so on, larger is better - but 2 TB SSDs cost less than $130 today! Once they drop below $99 it will be game over for the HDD, for real.

    Also, Windows 11 still allows spinning rust, it just won't install to one. Thus, a modern system has one of two viable paths:

    #1 - a 250 GB SSD + 2 TB HDD. Cost: $61,98
    #2 - a 1 TB SSD. Cost: $64.99

    The 1TB system will be better in every conceivable way except it doesn't have that 1.25 TB extra storage. Does that even matter though?
    Honestly? I have a quarter-TB of just music.
    My legally-acquired videos directory, which is mostly anime fansubs, is over two TB.

    The extra storage matters. Yes, I could just delete everything and use streaming services exclusively. But it doesn't seem like a good deal to delete all of my hoard so I can pay to use someone else's hoard instead.

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    Posted on 23-05-03, 16:04
    Dinosaur

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    Why not mix and match then?

    Keep the rust spinners for the legally acquired media, and use the solid storage for your OS, applications, and frequently accessed files.

    If you're at home, your rust spinners are just a cable away. And if you're away... plan ahead!

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    Posted on 23-05-03, 19:44
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    Posted by tomman
    Why not mix and match then?

    Keep the rust spinners for the legally acquired media, and use the solid storage for your OS, applications, and frequently accessed files.

    If you're at home, your rust spinners are just a cable away. And if you're away... plan ahead!

    That's what I do. Booting off a flash drive, with frequently-used applications stored there too. Real disks for my dragon's hoard of data as well as less-frequently-hit programs where load times are less galling.

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    Posted on 23-05-05, 14:53 (revision 1)
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    Meanwhile cheap 4TB SSD bulk drives has dropped to $179 now... A system from 5 years ago usually got less storage than that, but of course there will be exceptions. Samsung 850 QVOs 8TB SSDs are $450 now, too. These things are starting to become affordable, but not at the dirt cheap level of HDDs yet.

    For gaming 8TB is more than you need right now, but I would say 32TB need to come down to affordable levels before we have enough storage overall. As always, you do what you feel is best, I can only tell you what I see. Feel free to disagree, it's your system, files, and money after all! :)

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    Posted on 23-05-05, 23:45
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    SATA flash drives aren't appreciably faster than a half-decent disk, and I have limited capacity for NVMe-based drives.

    I ain't payin' double the price for disk to get disk-like performance.

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    Posted on 23-05-20, 14:40
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    SATA SSD's are a million times better than a SATA HDD. Why?

    1) Multiple reads/writes can occur simultaneously!
    2) Time spent seeking is virtually non-existent.
    3) It's super quiet, so when a rogue program starts thrashing the SSD you won't know unless you open Task Manager or something!

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    Posted on 23-05-20, 19:34

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    Posted by Nicholas Steel
    3) It's super quiet, so when a rogue program starts thrashing the SSD you won't know unless you open Task Manager or something!

    This is why I use DiskLED and NetSpeedMonitor (up to Win10, setup program needs to run in Win7 compatibility mode) to see more of what's going on at a glance.

    My current setup: Super Famicom ("2/1/3" SNS-CPU-1CHIP-02) → SCART → OSSC → StarTech USB3HDCAP → AmaRecTV 3.10
    Posted on 23-05-20, 23:12
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    DiskLED? I knew I forgot something when I got my new laptop!
    Posted on 23-05-21, 20:05
    Dinosaur

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    As someone that has already installed a fair number of SATA SSDs on machines that are (sadly) not mine, getting rid of the random R/W performance bottleneck of rust spinners IS completely worth the price of admission. As a bonus you get to save power, which on a laptop means a few minutes of extra runtime, even on a worn battery.

    You're still limited by the SATA port speeds, and in sequential reads the difference between a HDD and SSD is minimal, but sequential reads are not the most usual operation your OS will do everyday.

    I now even want SSDs on my retroboxes, thanks~ Once you taste the forbidden fruit, there is no going back. For now I'm stalled for the most obvious r€a$on... but hopefully Soon™....

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    Posted on 23-05-23, 11:18
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    Posted by tomman
    You're still limited by the SATA port speeds, and in sequential reads the difference between a HDD and SSD is minimal, but sequential reads are not the most usual operation your OS will do everyday.


    The biggest benefit really is the ability to read/write multiple things simultaneously. You can have your anti-virus scan your SSD while a game is loading data from the same SSD and experience virtually no negative impact caused by the storage device! or Windows decides to start doing a check for Windows Updates or something while you're gaming, or everything wants to load at the same time during Windows log-in... all of these greatly improved by an SSD's ability to handle multiple things simultaneously.

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    Posted on 23-09-29, 19:34
    Dinosaur

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    MS officially stopped allowing W7/8 keys to activate Windows 10:
    https://devicepartner.microsoft.com/en-us/communications/comm-windows-ends-installation-path-for-free-windows-7-8-upgrade

    Also, MS stopped selling new Win10 licenses since January 2023, so this leaves two possible options for those looking to downupgrade to Windows Vista 2 Me 3.0 11:

    - Buy a new Windows 11 license for $200 (may be cheaper on some markets)
    - Activate using a existing Win10 license.

    I'm glad my Windows needs in this house are confined to the realm of retrocomputing, but if I were a modern AAA+ gamer, I would be seriously rethinking my game tastes. Windows 11 is simply not worth it, no matter the usecase.

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