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I am looking at either getting a cheap 240gb Sara SSD as a boot drive and then a 2tb HDD for storing games or a 1tb SATA SSD for everything. Both options would cost me around £75. I am in the UK so that includes 20% tax( saying that as I have previously had people confused that something was so much more than where they lived).

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Just now, _lucalink said:

I am looking at either getting a cheap 240gb Sara SSD as a boot drive and then a 2tb HDD for storing games or a 1tb SATA SSD for everything. Both options would cost me around £75. I am in the UK so that includes 20% tax( saying that as I have previously had people confused that something was so much more than where they lived).

Personally, I put my programs on the SSD, and the data on HDD (as it can be recovered if something happens) and then have a solid backup plan for my data.

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If you don't think you'll ever use more than 1TB of storage, I'd personally go with the second option. I went with a 120GB SSD as my boot drive, and a 2TB HDD for storage, and it's just a pain having to specify where to save everything all the time, especially when I'm likely never going to come close to using all 2TB of storage. If 1TB is enough for you, get the SSD and enjoy the faster load times everywhere and the lack of annoyance with having to specify which drive to save things on.

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2 minutes ago, _lucalink said:

I am looking at either getting a cheap 240gb Sara SSD as a boot drive and then a 2tb HDD for storing games or a 1tb SATA SSD for everything. Both options would cost me around £75. I am in the UK so that includes 20% tax( saying that as I have previously had people confused that something was so much more than where they lived).

I wanna add of what others above me said.

 

If you do like to hoard a lot of data (especially media, like movies or else), go for the SSD+HDD as you don't wanna waste your precious SSD space and lifetime because of storing a lot of huge data.

 

Well, in the case you don't store too much, one SSD is enough. I personally used a 1 TB HDD (and a 120GB SSD as a boot, and programs) and it's kind of (not-so) enough for everything for me (and so I have to get another external 1 TB for movies and others unnecessary, rarely-to-be accessed files).

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From personal experience I'd 100% recommend having 2 different devices. I found that when playing games with just a single 1TB M.2 SSD for everything I'd run into issues where maps wouldn't load, especially in open-world racing games. 

If you set up Steam to install games to your "D:" drive it'll default to installing there and I've never found it to be an issue when I have 2 storage devices. 

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Just now, MrCJLambert said:

From personal experience I'd 100% recommend having 2 different devices. I found that when playing games with just a single 1TB M.2 SSD for everything I'd run into issues where maps wouldn't load, especially in open-world racing games. 

If you set up Steam to install games to your "D:" drive it'll default to installing there and I've never found it to be an issue when I have 2 storage devices. 

Didn't you partition the SSD?

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1 minute ago, dhannemon13 said:

Didn't you partition the SSD?

I did, I had 2/3 partitions for different files. But this didn't help. Could've just been that I went cheap on the SSD but I'd still recommend having an SSD and HDD over 1 big SSD.

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1 minute ago, MrCJLambert said:

Could've just been that I went cheap on the SSD

Probably because of it. And, my assumption is DRAM-less SSD, or something with not enough random read speed can be slow enough if all of the things runs of it somehow. I dunno, but it might be.

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I'll go with 240+2TB.

It's enough, only install games in HDD never in SSD.

Documents and especially pictures in HDD.

Only windows and programs in SSD, everything else in HDD.

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Just now, SupaKomputa said:

 

24 minutes ago, MrCJLambert said:

 

 

24 minutes ago, dhannemon13 said:

 

Just realised I forgot to mention that generally the only files I store are games and programs as most photos are on my phone or an external hdd

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1 minute ago, _lucalink said:

 

Just realised I forgot to mention that generally the only files I store are games and programs as most photos are on my phone or an external hdd

One SSD would be suffice then.

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40GB IDE HDD + 1 TB old laptop SATA HDD, got bad sector unfortunately

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5 minutes ago, SupaKomputa said:

Only install games in HDD never in SSD.

This is kind of what I intended to do as I'd get a new SSD tbh. Why is that somehow?

Humor me, as you should do.

 

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512 MB + 512 MB random DDR memory

40GB IDE HDD + 1 TB old laptop SATA HDD, got bad sector unfortunately

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1 minute ago, _lucalink said:

Just realised I forgot to mention that generally the only files I store are games and programs as most photos are on my phone or an external hdd

Still, 2.25 TB is larger than 1TB.

I will go with higher capacity than speed.

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1 minute ago, dhannemon13 said:

This is kind of what I intended to do as I'd get a new SSD tbh. Why is that somehow?

Games would need 50gb or more per title. Including updates would need 100+ gb. So a large HDD is reasonable.

Using SSD for game, the loading is only slightly faster , not as fast as you expect.

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Just now, SupaKomputa said:

Games would need 50gb or more per title. Including updates would need 100+ gb. So a large HDD is reasonable.

Using SSD for game, the loading is only slightly faster , not as fast as you expect.

Ah, I initially thought it would be a reliability problem lol

I don't play the recent games (as my laptop wouldn't play those games comfortably either) that ought to eat lots of the space anyway. So I thought 512GB would be sufficient.

 

Either, I hate to get another bad sectors on the next few years because I used HDDs. Like, enough.

Humor me, as you should do.

 

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Windows 10 Single Language x64

 

Some old computer laying around as my HTPC

Intel Pentium Dual Core E2160 1.8GHz || (fake lol) NVIDIA GeForce GT730 2GB DDR3

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512 MB + 512 MB random DDR memory

40GB IDE HDD + 1 TB old laptop SATA HDD, got bad sector unfortunately

Linux Mint 20 Ulyana Xfce x64

Some old TCL CRT TV laying around + RCA to HDMI converter

 

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4 minutes ago, dhannemon13 said:

Either, I hate to get another bad sectors on the next few years because I used HDDs. Like, enough.

SSD have bad sectors too. My old ssd have 1-2 bad sectors.

Solid state bad sectors can be dead or weak memory cells.

Do a repair scan and windows will automatically skip that dead cell in the future.

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2 minutes ago, SupaKomputa said:

SSD have bad sectors too. My old ssd have 1-2 bad sectors.

Solid state bad sectors can be dead or weak memory cells.

Do a repair scan and windows will automatically skip that dead cell in the future.

Well, at least they're (probably) more reliable on mobile-use case as I kind of scared of spinning disk inside a laptop somehow..

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120 GB WD Green M.2 SATA SSD + 480 GB Pioneer APS-SL3N SATA SSD

Windows 10 Single Language x64

 

Some old computer laying around as my HTPC

Intel Pentium Dual Core E2160 1.8GHz || (fake lol) NVIDIA GeForce GT730 2GB DDR3

Some random old motherboard. Works fine tho.

512 MB + 512 MB random DDR memory

40GB IDE HDD + 1 TB old laptop SATA HDD, got bad sector unfortunately

Linux Mint 20 Ulyana Xfce x64

Some old TCL CRT TV laying around + RCA to HDMI converter

 

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8

4GB RAM, 64GB Internal Storage 

64GB SanDisk Ultra (80MB/s Read) External Storage

MIUI 11 Global

Aukey Turbo Charger PA-U28 QC2.0 + Aukey CB-CD4 PVC Type-C Cable

 

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Some random home-theater speakers I took freely from someplace and big-ass bass with old computer speaker amplifier. It sounds good af tho.

dbE DJ100 Headphone

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