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Thread: HDD, SSD, NVMe configuration

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    Senior Member Easto's Avatar
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    Question HDD, SSD, NVMe configuration

    With all the talk about these new NVMe M.2 drives I was starting to wonder what a current drive configuration should look like? Is it still prudent to run your OS and programs off of one drive and then keep data on another? Right now between my 2 drives I'm only using about 210 Gb of space and I don't see myself adding another 100 Gb of photos anytime soon. Would it make sense just to buy and use only one NVMe 500 Gb drive?

    My next question is what does your drive configuration look like?

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    Second Most EVIL YARDofSTUF's Avatar
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    I have a 500GB 960 EVO and a 500GB WD Black.

    I have my download folder on the hdd, along with windows temp folder and pagefile. Did that to reduce the writting to the SSD to prolong life.

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    resident plumber Mark's Avatar
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    mine is as follows,

    C drive OS and programs 240GB SSD
    D drive storage,documents, pics, music, ect 2TB mechanical , backed up all the time, even on the cloud
    E drive bluray burner that is hardly ever used
    G drive for scratch, torrents, downloads,some games, ect 240GB older SSD
    R drive for temp internet files, 2GB ram disc
    X drive assorted stuff and some backups 500GB SSD

    assorted other drives that get sent backups, archives, external and a hot swap bay

    really important stuff i keep copies on all drives except ram disc

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    Administrator Philip's Avatar
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    My config is:
    C: (OS drive) - 250GB Intel 730 SSD
    D: E: (storage drives) - older 1TB drives, D: is for games, some automated backups, E: is for pictures/music other random stuff.
    F: DVD RW that doesn't get used much.

    NAS: I use a Linux PC for NAS, a big case but small low power MoBo/CPU (I don't use the GUI). It has an older 128GB SSD for the OS, and 2 pairs of HDDs (4 total):
    2TB x 2.. 2tb v1 --> gets copied nightly via rsync to a hidden 2tb v2. Only one drive is visible/used for pictures/camera videos, phones pics, backups of personal files from PCs, etc.
    8TB x 2.. 8tb v1 --> gets copied nightly via rsync to a hidden 8tb v2. Only one drive is visible/used for media serving, movies, TV series, etc.

    My two daughters have their own PCs in their rooms, when I build one I just slap a SSD for the OS and a HDD for storage/backups. I do some SSD optimizations to reduce writes as well (there is an article on the main site), and keep them under 80% utilized to reduce write amplification, even though it is less necessary these days.
    Linux is user friendly, it's just picky about its friends...
    Disclaimer: Please use caution when opening messages, my grasp on reality may have shaken loose during transmission (going on rusty memory circuits).

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