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    Quote Originally Posted by Hammersmith View Post
    It's true that hybrids were worthwhile back then compared to SSDs, but that was when SSD prices were still sky high compared to their capacity. Economies of scale now mean that SSDs of decent sizes are very affordable and most all HDDs are actually now hybrids just to keep up. Since moving to an SSD a few years ago, I would never, never, never, never go back to using an HDD as a primary drive. The difference is unbelievable(if you get a decent SSD and not one of the crappy ones).
    What would you consider big enough? 512-526 GB?
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    Quote Originally Posted by GreenfieldBison View Post
    No question that the SSD is the only way to fly if you can get one big enough. With high def video and stills these days you can chew up storage PDQ.

    I’ve got an old 2008 Mac Pro that I retrofitted with an SSD boot drive about seven years ago or so. For data storage i populated the four internal bays with 15k spinners and configured them as RAID5. You press the power button on that thing, snap your fingers and the login screen is up. It is a BEAST! Only problem is they no longer provide software updates so it is stuck on an old version of MacOS. No inter webs for that horse anymore.


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    I remember those 15k drives. My first system I had built by Gateway 2000 back in around '93 when they were still fully embracing their SD roots. Their cardboard boxes were printed with Holstein cow patterns. That one I had speced with a whopping 500MB SCSI drive. LOL

    My second system I built myself around 1999 and stuck in a fairly early Seagate Cheetah drive. Want to say 4GB at 15k, but it could have been a 10k. Always wanted to build a RAID 5 system(or even RAID 0), but I never could justify it. I don't take photos or videos, and my storage needs are pretty low ever since I moved most of my limited video game playing to Steam. Now if I run out of space, I just uninstall a couple games and replace them. Just a few mouse clicks and I can swap games out easily.

    I've been exclusively on laptops for something like 15 years. The series I've used has a modular bay that can accept a removable hard drive. So for quite a few years I had a fast HDD/SSD in the fixed slot and a bigger, slower HDD in the modular bay(when I wasn't using an optical drive or modular battery). Unfortunately for me, that laptop company decided to farm out its laptop division to Lenovo, so I'm looking around for a replacement. Intel switching over to a BGA for all of their mobile processors also killed the fun for me. I used to love buying a refurbished low-end laptop from the manufacturer's ebay site for 25-35% of its original price, then swap in a bigger faster hard drive, more RAM, and then head back to ebay in another 6-12 months to buy a used top speed CPU from a junked laptop. When I was done, I'd have put about $700 into a system that would have originally cost $2500-$3000. When Intel switched to BGA, it meant you were now stuck with the original processor forever and that massively limited the upgradability of laptops.

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    Default Re: Computer help

    Quote Originally Posted by 56BISON73 View Post
    What would you consider big enough? 512-526 GB?
    That should be plenty big for the boot drive.

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    $179 m.2 nvme drives are insane!



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    My last laptop I bought a couple of years ago, I went with a HDD, due to storage size. In hindsight I wish I would have went SSD. I was worried about space, but most of my pictures are documents are up on the cloud, so it really didn't turn into that big of a deal.
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