My Samsung Spinpoint F1, started giving me signals of their imminent death, so I'll have to replace them when I get paid next week. The drives were used for storing games and the occasional video. The question is what should replace them?
The competition so far is between getting 2-4 normal harddrives in raid (1 or 1+0) or 512-1024 gb of SSD. The price per year of use is important.
The drives I'm considering are:
Seagate Desktop HDD ST1000DM003 1 TB (or the 2 TB variant)
Toshiba DT01ACA100 1 TB (or the 2 TB variant)
Wester Digital WD10EZEX 1 TB
Whatever have the cheapest price/gb.
So should I go through a last cycle of HDD's before going all SSD or is now the time for change?
I hope someone is able to give me some good input and point out considerations I might have forgotten.
Performance-wise, any SSD beats HDD RAID hands down. As for the price, it is cheaper to use HDDs, although this also brings increased noise, vibrations and thermals within the case. Personally, I'd go with an SSD.
SSD for OS and programs, regular HD for storage. If you want speed, get the 10k drives out there, but your Spinpoint drives are very good, also check the WD Black drives.
Unfortunately they have started clicking from time to time, but would love to get a new set of these as they have lasted almost six years. Unfortunately they are no longer produced .
I agree with your point, but it all comes down to what one considers storage. I only use my desktop computer for gaming and I have external drives for storage and transferring content between my work laptops and gaming desktop, which means that the only thing on my desktop is programs/games. I'm just not sure this is enough to warrant the extra cost of upgrading to SSD or if I should wait another HDD life cycle before taking the leap. It's basically a question of the price development of SSDs.
The 10k drives are unfortunately to expensive as I want at least two for Raid 1 or four for Raid 1+0.