Should I use NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD or SATA Internal SSD for storage?

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Hi all! I'm completely new to this website and also to PC building.

After being sick to death of old HDD's I've been wanting to do an all SSD build.

I had ordered a Samsung 980 PRO NVMe M.2 SSD to install my programs and OS on (I hope this is the right way to do it)

I am looking to figure out what might be the best option to storage my files, like vidoes, music and projects. I understand that a hard drive is going to be the best option but I really do want to go SSD.

For storage I was considering 'Crucial MX500 SATA SSD' and for roughly the same price (or a bit more), I then saw the 'Crucial P1 3D NAND NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD' pop up and wondered if this could be a better (or worse) option.

Can the 'Crucial P1 NAND NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD' be used for storage? Or what about the 'Crucial MX500 SATA SSD'? I really apologise is this is a dumb question.

Are there any builders on here that have HDD-less systems? Thanks for your advice :)
 
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Hi all! I'm completely new to this website and also to PC building.

After being sick to death of old HDD's I've been wanting to do an all SSD build.

I had ordered a Samsung 980 PRO NVMe M.2 SSD to install my programs and OS on (I hope this is the right way to do it)

I am looking to figure out what might be the best option to storage my files, like vidoes, music and projects. I understand that a hard drive is going to be the best option but I really do want to go SSD.

For storage I was considering 'Crucial MX500 SATA SSD' and for roughly the same price (or a bit more), I then saw the 'Crucial P1 3D NAND NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD' pop up and wondered if this could be a better (or worse) option.

Can the 'Crucial P1 NAND NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD' be used for storage? Or what about the 'Crucial MX500 SATA SSD'? I really apologise is this is a dumb question.

Are there any builders on here that have HDD-less systems? Thanks for your advice :)

FYI you'd typically want a 500+ GB SSD for your OS and programmes.

Storage wise, if it's just media a hard drive is usually recommended for cost reasons (£80 for a 4TB HDD, vs £400 for a 4TB SSD). If you do decide to go with a storage SSD any kind will do, so go with what's cheapest (usually a 2.5 inch, SATA II drive).
 
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I run a HDD-less system, I use m.2 drive as my reserved ssd, and 2 sata SSD's for my bulk storage/general program drives.
I used to have 3 HDD's. TBH having the OS on a decent ssd made the biggest difference for me. Using 2 2TB Sata SSd's was nice to save on space and HDD noise and the step up from 5yr old HDDS was noticeable to me for accessing all my Vids/data/pics.
m.2 Nvme SSD's are faster then the m.2 satas, but tbh unless you're moving a massive amount of data around I don't think you'll notice the difference.
 
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I run a HDD-less system, I use m.2 drive as my reserved ssd, and 2 sata SSD's for my bulk storage/general program drives.
I used to have 3 HDD's. TBH having the OS on a decent ssd made the biggest difference for me. Using 2 2TB Sata SSd's was nice to save on space and HDD noise and the step up from 5yr old HDDS was noticeable to me for accessing all my Vids/data/pics.
m.2 Nvme SSD's are faster then the m.2 satas, but tbh unless you're moving a massive amount of data around I don't think you'll notice the difference.

I'd love to have an SSD only system, but £700 for the 8TB QVO is.... yeah. Nah.
 
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I did go all SSD apart from Ext Backup, the normal set up many have today made up of one SSD for OS and a second SSD for Games it was the storage side that was loud due to Mech HDD's (4x 1TB Velociraptor's at the end up).

I swapped those to 3x2TB 860 QVO's then to 2x4TB 860 EVO's but only as they were on The Bay and cheaper than in store (they were all new/sealed).
 
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My pc is all solid state. Moved the storage to a NAS hidden away.
Still only have a 256gb OS drive and a 480gb storage in my pc. I do want to upgrade to a 1Tb pcie4 drive though at some point.
 
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i just have 2 sata 500gb ssd and 2x 3tb hdd for storage, music, films etc plus a few ext hdd and still running out of space lol
 
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Just to say thanks to all with their inputs and their setups. Great to see more people going all SSD, gives me a bit more confidence. Totally understand the point in buying an HDD for value but speed and silence is kinda what I want. At this point I don't require too much extra space for a large TB, I expect by the time I need 4TB or larger the SSD should come down to something a bit more reasonable. FYI I still keep an HDD backup anyway.

I have decided at this point to get a SATA SSD for the storage of my files / music etc, I'll use the 1TB Samsung 980 Pro for OS and programs. I would have liked everything to be the M.2 style but the better value of the SATA style SSD think is the better choice at this point.

Understanding that HDD is the safer method (and cheaper) method of storing files, what is better to store date on, the NVME / M.2 style SSD's or the SATA SSD's?
 
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