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Secondary HDD Recommendation for SSD Primary

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#1 Justa


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Posted 22 November 2014 - 03:18 PM

I'll be using Samsung 1TB 840 EVO SSD's as primary drives and want to make a good choice for a secondary drives on a couple of HP ENVY's.  It looks like conventional HDD's offer much better capacity with reasonable speed for the secondary drive position.  The HP ENVY's, have been known to have heat retention issues so I be using my Targus triple fan bases (disappointing performance but helpful).  The big heat producing devices appear to be the screen and my case I7 quad core processors.  The screens of course easily dissipate residual heat and stay cool.  The quad core processors are the main problem and are downstream from the drives. A single fan is positioned to be most effective to remove heat from the the microprocessor.  The SSD's use little current & probably generate very little heat but the new secondary drives need to be at least 7,200 RPM in a 2.5" HDD with a large capacity (1TB bare Min to 3 TB or more if available) providing the price is reasonable. 


Recommendations for a secondary drive greatly appreciated!



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#2 hamluis



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Posted 25 November 2014 - 03:43 PM

To be honest, I've never discerned any difference between one brand/model of hard drive versus another...other than the obvious 5400 vs 7200 rpm and sata/pata differences.  I've had hard drives by just about all previous and current hard drive manufacturers...I think that selecting a hard drive is just a matter of personal preference or bias, with many succumbing to advertising/marketing rhetoric.


My approach is...just get whichever I happen to think will do the job, since all hard drives are subject to unforeseen/unplanned failure at some point and whatever "performance" stats might assert...it really doesn't make a great deal of difference for what I use my computer systems for.  I will say that the more recent (1TB and above)larger hard drives have gained my trust in 2014...but I still have drives dating back to 2006 which work with no problems (but are limited by capacities of that time).


Of course, there are what I consider to be significant differences between SSDs and hard drives, with SSDs obviously superior, IMO.



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