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Recommendations please :-)

Discussion in 'Storage Drives' started by mikeym, Jun 29, 2018.

  1. mikeym

    Hitman

    Joined: Apr 15, 2009

    Posts: 649

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    Looking for recommendations from the wise people at OcUK as to what I should do with my hard drives and what to buy. I could probably just use what I've got but have the itch to get a nice new shiny SSD and minimise the number of drives.

    I am contemplating an MX500 1TB SSD to replace the M4 128GB SSD (boot drive + main progs / games). M4 will take place of the OCZ Vertex 2E and might use the Vertex in another laptop / pc.

    I am also contemplating getting a larger HDD storage drive. Originally I was thinking of matching the WD Caviar Black 3TB but this is no longer available, so logical choice would be the newer WD Black 4TB. However, I then thought maybe just a cheaper WD Blue as a back up drive / storage for blu-ray rips. This would then allow me to get rid of the Samsung 500GB drives. Not sure what to do with the Samsung 1TB...

    Current overview

    Crucial M4 128GB SSD (30GB free) - boot drive + main progs/games
    OCZ Vertex 2E 120GB SATA-II (49GB free) - overflow of main games
    WD Black 3TB (1.6TB free) - other games and general files+pictures+video that are backed up via Dropbox
    Samsung HD501LJ 500GB (1) (74GB free) - Blu-ray rips that I haven't used in ages but tempted to sort out rest of my Blu-Ray collection and have them available to stream on home network
    Samsung HD501LJ 500GB (2) (81GB free) - in the process of moving files off this drive due to CrystalDiskInfo Health Status 'Caution' - see below
    Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB (clean) - recently consolidated files over to WD Black

    Thanks in advance for any help offered!

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    Last edited: Jul 3, 2018
  2. Journey

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    NAND flash prices are going down daily, and following suit are the SSD's so now is a good time to watch and buy in the next couple of weeks/months.

    I would 100% go with a 1TB SSD as you can pick up many good drives for a lot less than £200 now, and still falling. If you are feeling flush, and have the PC to support it, you could look at an NVMe M.2 drive, but they are about 30-50% more expensive for the same capacity.

    Dump all your spinning disks, other than your Black 3.0TB if it is in warranty, some cracking deals one pretty big drives these days, and unless you are running them 24/7 no need for Reds/Blacks, so you could just buy an £80 4TB Seagate or Western Digital drive, and make sure it is backed up of course, unless the data has no real value to you.

    Hope that is of some help. :)
     
  3. tamzzy

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    Joined: May 26, 2012

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    Yeah. Deffo a 1tb ssd.
    Got one in my computer. Never looked back since.
     
  4. mikeym

    Hitman

    Joined: Apr 15, 2009

    Posts: 649

    Thanks Journey and tamzzy. I think the 1TB SSD is definitely on the cards. Will keep an eye on prices.

    Might hold off on a decision regarding new large storage drive, have a bit of a tidy up and think if I would prefer to spend the money on something else :)
     
  5. 4K8KW10

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    Joined: Sep 2, 2017

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    Location: Hesse, Germany

    Well, I would buy these, if you have an M.2 slot:

    My basket at Overclockers UK:
    Total: £267.64 (includes shipping: £8.70)
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    or an equivalent SATA SSD of larger capacity for bootable drive.

    And keep the 3TB drive as a backup drive for the most important files and data.



    edit: The idea is to use the M.2 drive as primary drive for OS, to use the 6GB drive as secondary drive for everything that you have, and to use the 3GB drive that you already have as a backup drive for the secondary drive.
     
  6. mikeym

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    Unfortunately no M.2 slot with my ageing Z77 mobo.

    I don't feel I'm losing out though, reading reviews and forum comments it seems unlikely I'd notice much improvement for quite a difference in cost.

    I had looked at maybe upgrading mobo, cpu and ram but again, doesn't seem worth it for the bump in performance / features from my Z77 / 3770K when compared to cost. Maybe I'll look to upgrade in the future and jump on M.2 bandwagon at same point in lifecycle of that technology...
     
  7. 4K8KW10

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    I feel it is like the story about the fox and the sour grapes. Of course, there is a significant difference. Windows will boot at least 4 seconds faster and you will be able to extract files from one partition moving them to another in a fraction of the time.

    Watch this review:



    And then, buy these:

    My basket at Overclockers UK:
    Total: £258.64 (includes shipping: £8.70)
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    With the same idea - remove all your additional drives - keep just the 3GB drive.
     
  8. tamzzy

    Soldato

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    only if you're transferring from nvme to nvme. else the rate limiting step is always going to be the slower drive.
    #4k8kw10wronginfoasusual
     
  9. 4K8KW10

    Mobster

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    I said from partition to partition meaning the same drive. Not from one drive to another drive

    Don't troll! :mad:
     
  10. tamzzy

    Soldato

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    don't be silly. 250gb isnt a large drive, partitioning wouldn't be of much benefit to an ssd/nvme drive.

    perhaps your idea of trolling is different to mine.
    you're using very obscure uses to justify your wrong information.
    that's the bigger troll no?
    i'm just calling you out for it.
     
  11. mikeym

    Hitman

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    4 seconds faster to boot though :eek::p
     
  12. mikeym

    Hitman

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    As an update, I got a Crucial MX500 1tb whilst on sale for very good price.

    It's just been delivered and now I'm in two minds - whether to leave existing m4 128GB SSD as boot (now has 46GB free) and have MX500 1TB for games and programmes...

    I should probably stop being lazy and get to work re-installing Windows using new MX500 1TB!