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2nd Hard Drive??

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#1 newbie320


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Posted 13 July 2012 - 01:47 PM

Hello I want to add a second hard drive to a pc I just purchased that came with a 2tb 7200rpm drive. Should I add another 7200rpm drive or a solid state drive??

Does my operating system need to be on the solid state drive for it to be affective?
Thanks for any advice?

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Posted 13 July 2012 - 04:51 PM

Let me answer this with how I would do it.

A SSD for the OS drive will speed up the loading and shut down of windows. It will speed up windows updates, and Virus scans and the loading of programs.

At the price for a SSD they do not make sense as a data drive.

II you have USB3 ports then a external hard drive could work for you as the USB3 drives have decent speed.

I just spent $109 for 2Tb USB3 External drives. I'll be moving content off of my internal 2Tb to the external since it will move at a decent speed. This is instead of adding another drive. As I see it the benefits are that if the USB3 drive should get full I can just unplug it and put it on the shelf and plug in a new one. This way I can leave the High def video I capture as a backup in case the BluRay discs I burn go bad and I can move it to my media player and play from it too.

My computer is a little older so I had to add a USB3 card. Many of the newer ones are coming with USB3 now.

The alternative is opening the Desktop up and adding a new drive there, New computer = SATA interface. Limited amount of room for that plus extra heat in the case. A internal drive will be faster. However for most users they will not notice a real difference between a data drive on USB3 or Internal data drive.


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