SSD is a luxury item, but with as much as you're spending, why not? It is small but loads VERY fast. Just putting your OS on the drive will make the whole computer run faster. Any games you put on it will load extremely fast. This only makes sense for games that you play often and have significant load times. Your favorite multiplayer game is a good idea, or something like Skyrim which you might put a hundred hours in to.
In that case, why bother getting a normal drive then? Wouldn't it make sense to buy a "larger SSD and forsake the traditional?
You can prolong the life of your SSD by saving downloads and other data to the HDD, rather than to the SSD. The SSD is there to boot your applications and OS faster, not for data storage.
Makes sense now. Thanks Nico
Which is where Hybrids become nice.
I think a SSD primary for OS and a Hybrid for data would be awesome, you would get the best of everything.
Hybrids are basically hard drives with small SSD's built into them, usually 8 gigs. They have software on them to figure out which files are used most often, then copy them to that 8 gigs, making them read and write faster. So, for operations like game loading, that loads the same 50 files over and over, would see a huge improvement over regular drives. But it only really affects drive reads. Writes are still slow as they have to be written to the disc, then recopied onto the SSD. But it's done by the hard drive itself, the operating system doesn't have to know.
It also means, that when the SSD portion of the drive dies, the hard drive should keep going and should be recoverable.
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