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March 15, 2013 7:18:34 AM

I am replacing my HD in my Dell Studio XPS(crashed) with a Crucial 256 SSD. I was told I should keep my docs, music, photos, etc on an external HD, which I have. This true?

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a b G Storage
March 15, 2013 7:22:04 AM

Dougj said:
I am replacing my HD in my Dell Studio XPS(crashed) with a Crucial 256 SSD. I was told I should keep my docs, music, photos, etc on an external HD, which I have. This true?


He who told you this because of a hard disk failure/ virues / File corruption reasons best to keep a backup somewhere like a external Hard disk, But SSDs are more secure than mechanical disk as they don't have any moving parts. etc. Thanks
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a b G Storage
March 15, 2013 7:24:18 AM

You can keep a good bit of your data on your external so you won't fill up your ssd.
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a b G Storage
March 15, 2013 7:39:10 AM

When comparing internal HDD/SSD vs external, reliability is essentially the same on the drives themselves. SSDs are more reliable than a mechanical drive. But, you may want to consider the fact that the power delivery systems in an external enclosure may not be as reliable as your computer's power supply, so some argument can be made as to the safety of keeping your data on an external drive. However, as someone already mentioned, you have less risk of losing data to a virus/malware if your data is stored elsewhere. But don't mistake "external" with reliability, and it needs to be a COPY of your data. The external drive could become corrupt or could die just as easily, or easier, than your internal drives.
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a b G Storage
March 15, 2013 7:49:17 AM

The main reason people use two drives - a SSD and a regular HDD, is cost. The SSD is much faster as compared to the HDD, but the price is around $1 per GB for SSD, and $0.05-$0.10 per GB for HDD. So storage space is 10X - 20X more expensive for SSD.

My recommendation is to put the operating system, program files, and heavily utilized files on the SSD, and use a HDD for large files and files that aren't used often.

And always have a backup plan for both drives. Even the most reliable drives on the planet will fail at some point, it could be an immediate failure, or 10+ years - you never know. Without a backup, you lose your data.
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a b G Storage
March 15, 2013 8:41:54 AM

External HDDs can be dropped or otherwise broken. Unless you have large amounts of data to store and know the 256 GB SSD is not going to be enough, I would store everything on the SSD until such time as you begin to use up most of the space. As an additional note, it's good to have an external HDD to make backups of your main drive, even if you're not using it for additional data storage. The rule with HDDs is that you want to have two copies of your data, because an HDD can fail at any time.
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March 15, 2013 10:05:16 AM

WOW! Thanks for the quick answers. I am leaning to just keeping all my data on the SSD 256. I use Carbonite which has saved me twice while this HD was crashing. Another thought I had was a second internal HD to handle the files, photos and music. My Carbonite won't back up extenal drives. Thought that might be faster than the external anyway, which I could use for a mirror backup.
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