I want to cut back a bit on costs for my new HTPC build. I already have a 1TB external Hard Drive with a lot of media. I was wondering if you guys think it makes sense to purchase a small SSD, just for the operating system, for my future HTPC and run media off the external?
Three that I can think of
1) Slow transfer speeds; if you want to record multiple shows at a time, or run HD movies, it may make a difference.
2) Higher risk of damage to the drive
3) No backups.
Of course, it's all personal choice.
Were I you, I would buy an internal drive for storage and use the external one to backup the OS and the media that I wanted to keep. And I would store the external one in another room. I understand small budgets, and the price of HDDs has gone up due to the shortage, but what would rebuilding your collection cost you in time and money?
If not, I would take the drive out of the case and install it internally in the PC, assuming that the HTPC case has enough room for the second drive.
I just had another thought: For an HTPC on a limited budget, do you really need the zippy speed of the SSD?