Bye bye to my last mechanical drive, never again.

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  1. Emille

    Emille Master Guru

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    I had several SSDs ( a 1TB 840 evo and a 512gb 840 pro ) that I wasn't using as I had always used them for my main drive or gaming installation drive, never as bulk storage.

    But as I decided to delete a bunch of crap on my 2TB mechanical drive and could easily split the backup stuff onto those 2 SSDs I got rid off the optical drive, removed the drive cage and extra sata power and data cables to clean up the case. Now I only have my 950 pro, and the 2 sata SSDs, and will soon have another M.2 drive, possibly waiting for the 970 pro.

    My only way to judge the SSD speed has been how snappy the O.S feels and game load time, neither of which can really be compared to anything because load time for a game save or level etc always varies depending on whats going on and the game.

    But I copied the files from my optical drive to the spare space on one of the SSDs and then took the optical drive out anjd copied the files to the other SSD to stay.

    I was getting maybe 88-100mb going from ther mechanical to the SSD, and around 300 avg 400 mag from SSD to SSD. This is the first time I've ever had a qualitative way to see how limiting an mechanical drive is, because it was the same files, several hundred gig, mixed file size, and I saw the comparison right afterwards.

    When installing games it's not like you do it as a benchmark, and then uninstall and install on another drive to see the difference, so I never saw the real world difference, only the perception of O.S responsiveness and game loading that is a bit faster.

    There is no way I will ever use another mechanical drive after that,l not when you can use any old SSD for some of your file backups. That SSD is from 2012 and was 200% faster at a minimum.

    Plus my case is clutter free now without the cage,l drive and cables.
     
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  2. Extraordinary

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    HDD is mechanical not optical, optical = DVD writer (Laser = optics)

    Until I can get a 2TB SSD for the same price as a 2TB HDD, I`ll stick to HDD for storage

    SDD for Windows
     
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  4. Emille

    Emille Master Guru

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    My mistake wi9th the lingo, I always calld them mechanical drives but thought it had read people refering to them as optical so I wrote that.

    Point still stands, updated title and thread....I'm never buying a mechanical drive again.

    I have 1.5TB of sata SSD storage for backup and currently have a 950 pro which I install any games that will fit that I'm likely to play, and I will either buy a 2TB 960 pro or if the 970 series comes out between now and the end of the year ( which is the time frame the 950 and 960 series both came out in previous years ) I will get that for gaming, I will probably get a 2TB sata SSD depending on the price or a third M.2 drive on my next build, a 2TB evo m.2 drive if they make on and get rid of all the cables altogether.

    My current PSU is only semi-modular but once I don't need the other cables I could get a power supply and only have the 6+2 pins and the motherboard 24 pin and the cpu connector, no other cables, no more mechanical drives. It will be glorious.
     

  5. fantaskarsef

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    As the age of saving huge ammounts of data at home is nearly over, I probably won't buy a big mechanical drive in the future anymore, as well as certainly not for my gaming rig. The gaming rig is HDD free since 2015 :D
     
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  6. tsunami231

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    i would love to ditch my HDD (500gb 7 year old barracuda) for SSD but seeing I want a 2tb drive to replace the backup/game drive. i rather pay 49$ for toshiba T300 2TB then pay200~ 300 for just 1TB SSD or 500~700 for a 2 TB prices are still to high on SSD
     
  7. nz3777

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    I run 2 Ssd's for windows and games i like most, 2 Hardrives for storage.Nothing wrong with going all Ssd!
     
  8. akbaar

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    I am gone all SSD got 2 840Pro and one 400gb Intel U.2 since a year or two.
    my pc runs quiter now and cooler.

    Well yes, for storage i just use NAS conected to router
     
  9. allesclar

    allesclar Ancient Guru

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    I run SSD for OS and hybrid SSHD for my gaming drive (steam).

    I will only use mechanical for NAS storage (photos and videos etc)
     
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    tsunami231 Ancient Guru

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    do those SSHD really run any faster then HDD? most benches so them to be not much faster
     

  11. allesclar

    allesclar Ancient Guru

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    Brutally honest its sad right next to me as i move stuff off the 1TB drive in my laptop.

    I will let you know when i do though :)

    Got one in my PS4 and honestly GTA does load quicker.
     
  12. mikev190

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    I agree, I have 2x 250gb ssd 1x 500gb ssd 1x 250gb m2 drive all with OS and my games.

    I have 2 mechanical drives for data and I have 5tb total with about 100gb in use. But at least its there if needed.
     
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    i am very torn on what to do

    Really wish 1tb ssd could be bought for like 60$, they been saying for years they will drop to hhd prices.




     
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  14. LesserHellspawn

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    All SSD is the way to go. It's meanwhile been thoroughly tested and verified that they are not only way faster than HDDs but also last longer, unless plagued by a bugged controller or firmware.
     
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    SSD for OS, SSD for steam games I play the most that need faster loading, 1TB for older steam games that dont need faster loading times, SSD for all other games that need for fast loading times i play alot, and 500GB for all older games that dont need fast loading times.

    And my new motherboard has 2 m.2 slots so I may add 1 more 250GB SSD for OS. I use a USB 3.0 3TB for backup. It does 110mbs read and write over USB 3.0. Thats fast enough for backups and storage.
     

  16. lucidus

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    I use my 1TB 850pro for windows, programs, games, and photos. My hard drives are exclusively for video files now, this is working well for me. I can barely hear newer drives in my case so they never have bothered me. Would've been nice if SSD's were cheap enough to use as storage drives but I'm good with 4TB hard drives until then.
     
  17. D3M1G0D

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    Typically, I use one small (but fast) SSD for my boot drive, a large (but slower) SSD for my data drive, and a very large HDD for rarely-accessed files and long-term storage. On my previous 4790K system, I used two 850 Pros in RAID0 for the boot drive, a 1 TB 840 Evo for data, and a 4 TB HDD for the rest. Currently, I've split the drives between my two main PCs (the gaming one has the 1 TB SSD and the computing one has the HDD, and both have a NVMe SSD for boot).

    I probably won't be getting rid of HDDs entirely, although I will never use it to store OS and program files.
     
  18. allesclar

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    New SSHD is in and my speed has increased around 25% i get around 140MB/s when i copy from my SSD to my SSHD.
     
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    Well we all like to have ssd+ssd drives but we are not all wealthy so we wait and wait and wait..
     
  20. tsunami231

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    out of curiosity what SSHD, not that there many that make hybrid drives
     

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