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Storage upgrade: RAID 1 HDD, 1 Fast HDD w b/u HDD, SSD?


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#1 RackAttack

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Posted 11 October 2017 - 10:20 PM

Things to take into consideration:

 

>> Money is a HUGE limiter on this one!  (*phew* had to get that out first. -- I might be able to go for a few hundred, but pulling out all my teeth without novocaine would be easier.)

 

 

>> HDD crashed a few years ago and I BARELY was able to dump the data off of it to a new HDD.  (So this is in my mind and the main reason for the upgrade.)

 

 

>> I'm a gamer & love "fast, fast, fast."  (But doesn't everyone?)

 

 

Current Setup:

 

1-TB, WD-Blue: 7200rpm ~2.5 years old on daily heavy use PC

 

Operating System: Windows 10 Home 64-bit
System Manufacturer: Hewlett-Packard
System Model: h8-1414
BIOS: v8.10
Processor: AMD FX™-6120 Six-Core Processor              (6 CPUs), ~3.5GHz
Memory: 10240MB RAM
 
DISPLAY: Card name: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
 
 
KEEP IN MIND:  The only RAID controller I would have is some software RAID controller supplied by AMD that came with the machine and has failed a few times on me already, resulting in BSoDs, and I have never even run a RAID on the machine - yet.  (AMD ahci*.* or something like that - forget the file name) --- The machine was set up with Win8 ... So, I'm not even sure if this controller is compatible with Win10. And I don't think the RAID controller is even supported or upgraded by AMD any longer???
 
 
Choices:
 
1.) Buy another 1-TB, WD-Blue (~$50) - Install in RAID 1 setup) -- I was the one to think of this, not sure of its worthiness.  BENEFITS: Data much safer - Improved read-time mostly.  Slight speed boost?
 
2.) Buy a 1-TB, WD-Black: 7200rpm (~$75 ... This begins to hurt) - (Higher performance HDD) -- And try to shoehorn it in a RAID 1 config with the aforementioned WD-Blue.  (Probably bad idea.  But I thought of it.)
 
3.) Buy a 1-TB, WD-Black (as above): Dump all my data onto this and use it as my primary with some sort of rolling back-ups being made (not RAID) to my old HDD.
 
4.) Buy a 1-TB, SSD (~$280 ... OUCH!!!) - Dump all my data to it and use it as a primary.  Using the old HDD as some type of rolling-back up (not RAID).
 
5.) Buy a PNY (cheap) 120GB or 240GB ($60 - ahh or $95 - gulp!) Forego any hope of redundancy or back-up and port my operating system and favorite games to the SSD & Keep the rest on the HDD and hope neither fails.
 
6.) *whatever other suggestions*
 
 
HELP!  I'm indecisive!  ;)  
 
Really, I was just wondering what others thought.
 
 
Looking forward to your brilliance.

Edited by RackAttack, 11 October 2017 - 10:30 PM.


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Posted 12 October 2017 - 10:41 AM

I'd go with 5 and would also backup most sensitive data to free cloud services (encrypted of course).

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Posted 12 October 2017 - 01:38 PM

I'd go with the $100 SSD option.  While a standard user might be able to get by on 120GB, it won't work very well for a gamer.  The speed difference in going from a mechanical drive to a SSD has to experienced to be believed.  You can then back up to your current drive.

 

You don't say how much space you have available on the current 1TB drive.  



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Posted 12 October 2017 - 09:34 PM

I'd go with 5 and would also backup most sensitive data to free cloud services (encrypted of course).

 

Thanks for your input.  It helps a lot.

 

I'd go with the $100 SSD option.  While a standard user might be able to get by on 120GB, it won't work very well for a gamer.  The speed difference in going from a mechanical drive to a SSD has to experienced to be believed.  You can then back up to your current drive.

 

You don't say how much space you have available on the current 1TB drive.  

 

So far there seems to be a consensus that SSD is the way to go.  Thanks for your input as well, both comments help me a lot to decide.  (I have 103 GB left on my original 1 TB drive.  Which, I really don't want to invade because of cache's, page files, swap files, etc. or whatever else Win10 might use the empty space for.)



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Posted 25 October 2017 - 04:14 AM

You might be able to reclaim 30 GB or so...

 

Run a portable CCleaner clean, to include getting rid of "Old WIndows" versions (assuming you've already done October WIn10 Creators update) Although I normally only clear out 2-3 GB of junk/data, the last one was 30 GB, worthy of reclamation if already space challenged..


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Posted 25 October 2017 - 04:58 AM

A Samsung 850 EVO (500 GB) was about $94 last time I checked, and, is still at the top of the read/write performance spec sheets...

 

Puget Systems reported in 2016 that they had not had a single 850 EVO failure reported in thousands of units sold....

 

(Waiting for the rather tired and inevitable 'experimental TLC nand' not yet having earned it's way onto the 'Holy Grail of Approved Hardware/Drillmaster Recommended/Approved List', despite some of the lowest SSD failure rates in the industry... Yes, some of the 830's had firmware issues in 2010, they've been resolved, we are 2-3 generations past that now, and exploding phone batteries are a different division!)

 

As for TLC, in a 'test to destruction' endurance test, the 850 EVOs lasted through nearly a Petabyte of writes, outlasting all other units, which would be a 1000 month service life, or, about 83 years with my typical 1 TB/month of moderate write pattern of use....; as for the 'experimental' nature of 3d TLC, it's now, what 4 years old, and even Intel is switching to it within it's enterprise line of SSDs...

 

If your usage pattern dictates 500 GB-1 TB of writes per day, I'd concur switching to MLC-based SSDs for higher write endurance....


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Posted 25 October 2017 - 04:32 PM

a few recent SSD sequnetial read/write comparisons...

 

https://www.anandtech.com/show/11934/the-adata-xpg-gammix-s10-512gb-ssd-review/6


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