Low Disk Space: HDD or SSD?

Heya guys,

I have Acer Aspire M5-581T(G) ultrabook. I love it. No issues. It came originally with Windows 8 which I backed up and replaced with Windows 7.

But I am running out of space. I already UNinstalled few proggies including my favorite CallOfDuty2 to save some space.

Currently, I have WD 500GB WD5000PVT. I believe its 7MM thick. I took it out but forgot to measure. I am thinking to upgrade it to 1TB.

What are my options? Go with HDD, which I have now with no issues, or pricey SSD?

TIA
sinypcguy
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  1. SSHD made by anyone but Seagate, you get a mix of a SSD and larger capacity of a normal hard drive. It's faster over a normal drive but nowhere near as fast as a SSD with only being slightly more expensive than a normal spinner. I honestly can't see dropping $200+ on a SSD for a ultrabook.

    Here is a example $70
    https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIAERP6JW1785&ignorebbr=1&nm_mc=KNC-GoogleMKP-PC&cm_mmc=KNC-GoogleMKP-PC-_-pla-_-Hard+Drives+-+Notebooks+%2F+Laptops-_-9SIAERP6JW1785&gclid=Cj0KCQiAkZHTBRCBARIsAMbXLhE4ljXm27W7hOaFINZMZzAIYyp1YWsq1_Sd8QGvKi7dY_8GA4bzOF4aAqY5EALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds
  2. delaro said:
    SSHD made by anyone but Seagate, you get a mix of a SSD and larger capacity of a normal hard drive. It's faster over a normal drive but nowhere near as fast as a SSD with only being slightly more expensive than a normal spinner. I honestly can't see dropping $200+ on a SSD for a ultrabook.

    Here is a example $70
    https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIAERP6JW1785&ignorebbr=1&nm_mc=KNC-GoogleMKP-PC&cm_mmc=KNC-GoogleMKP-PC-_-pla-_-Hard+Drives+-+Notebooks+%2F+Laptops-_-9SIAERP6JW1785&gclid=Cj0KCQiAkZHTBRCBARIsAMbXLhE4ljXm27W7hOaFINZMZzAIYyp1YWsq1_Sd8QGvKi7dY_8GA4bzOF4aAqY5EALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds
    I dont mind spending on ultrabook. Its my work horse. I just wanna see in general should I spend on SSD or "slim" 1TB HDD will give me same (good) results as current one?
  3. WD 500GB WD5000PVT is a 5400 RPM SATA 3 Gb.. quite slow to today's drives.

    A SSD will speed things up considerable but it will also be restricted by SATA 3GB.. 300mb/S

    A Crucial 1TB MX500 2.5 @ $250 would be the be a good option, there are better and much more costly options.

    The SSHD I suggested will only run around $80 and 1TB, since it's a hybrid SSD/HDD you get a boot time a little slower than a SSD but much faster than what you have.

    Again it's up to you with what your comfortable with spending, both are good options depending on your budget and much faster than what you have.
  4. Use something like windirstat to see whats filling it up. windows updates sit on your drive. you can delete the files at the cost of not being able to revert back to prior versions.
  5. Thanks guys,
    I still have this dilemma

    I am not sure if I want SSHD since I've learned that my system already came with 20GB SSD for "improved system responsiveness and multitasking". So its 500GB 5400 rpm HDD plus 20GB SSD.

    Are you saying that SSD not gonna give me THAT MUCH speed improvement with my current system?
    If that so may be I should just stick to HDD but upgrade to slim 1TB?

    Thank you in advance,
    sinypcguy
  6. The SSD will be a nice improvement. It just won't be at full potential with SATA II. Go with what you can afford and will meet the storage requirements you want.
  7. You probably have a Seagate Momentus Thin 500GB 16MB cache 2.5", 7mm

    replace it with something like this

    Seagate 2TB BarraCuda SATA 6Gb/s 128MB Cache 2.5-Inch 7mm Internal Hard Drive (ST2000LM015) $84
    https://www.amazon.com/Seagate-BarraCuda-2-5-Inch-Internal-ST2000LM015/dp/B01LX13P71

    or

    Seagate 2TB FireCuda Gaming SSHD SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 2.5-Inch Hard Drive (ST2000LX001) $94
    https://www.amazon.com/Seagate-FireCuda-Gaming-2-5-Inch-ST2000LX001/dp/B01M1NHCZT


    2TB SSD is not worth it in something that old they start at $300 and up but would be the fastest option.


    Replace your 80GB SSD with a 250GB they are reasonable around $80 "this is what Windows is running on"


    A SSHD has a 8GB SSD built in so the bits used the most get moved to it, the rest is a traditional hard drive which is faster than what you have.

    16mb of cache is considerable slower than 64mb this is the buffer the drive has to read and write, even though SATA 2 considerable slower than SATA 3 the buffer difference is noticeable.

    On a SATA 3 system boot times can be like this
    500 GB 16mb drive... 40 seconds
    SSHD 64mb.... 16 seconds
    SSD....... 10 seconds
  8. Heya guys,

    Since I have WD 500GB WD5000PVT now and need to upgrade to 1TB, I decided to go with WD Blue 1TB HDD 5400 RPM SATA 6 Gb/s 128MB Cache 2.5 Inch (WD10SPZX). Its $52.99 and has nice reviews on Amazon.

    Thanks again,
    sinypcguy
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