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How to choose a solid state drive and hard drive for a PC

The Internet is your main hard drive

We like to think of the Internet as our main storage device. The days of buying a ton of software and installing everything on our PC's hard drive are over. Almost everything one does today is a click away on the Internet without having to install anything. Also, with the advent of cloud computing this trend looks to continue. Our local storage needs on our PC should therefore be going down.

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Audio, video and picture files are large

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On the other hand digital audio, video and pictures are large files and now mainstream. We might want to build our own multimedia library. So getting a large drive isn't a bad idea. However, given our introduction and the fact that unused hard drive capacity does nothing for our computer's performance, money can be saved by buying the right size storage capacity. This saving can be spent on other PC parts including a solid state drive (SSD) that does increase our computer's performance.

Size of the solid state drive and hard drive

The prices of solid state drives have been coming down and now it's time an SSD should be your first storage device. An SSD is so much faster than a hard drive you will notice a significant difference in boot times and responsiveness of your PC. The size of SSD we recommend currently is 250 GB due to the cost, otherwise we would recommend a larger size. If you need more storage add a 1 TB (1000 GB) hard drive in addition to the SSD. When you have both a SSD and a hard drive the operating system should reside on the SSD so you get the benefit of a fast boot up time, while your data storage needs are met by the larger hard drive. One can always add more SSDs or hard drives later, if ever needed.

Quality and speed of the SSD and hard drive

Quality of the storage device is clearly important, use a manufacturer with a reputation for quality. The jump up in speed from a hard drive to an SSD is more significant than the speed differences within SSDs.

M.2 form factor SSDs

Instead of a 2.5 inch form factor or size SSD, consider an M.2 form factor SSD if your motherboard has an M.2 slot. These M.2 SSDs can run, again depending on the motherboard, at PCI Express x4 speeds under the new NVMe protocol instead of the AHCI protocol which will be an incredible speed increase for your PC. These PCI Express NVMe SSDs are more expensive than AHCI SSDs so that extra cost will have to be considered as well.

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Linux interest and tech freedom articles!

Microsoft to cut thousands of jobs across divisions - reports - Reuters, January 17, 2023

Elon Musk says he'd consider 'alternative phone' if Twitter is booted from Apple and Google app stores - Fox Business, November 25, 2022
CurrentBuild Computer and other Linux PC manufacturers have already done that with computers, provided an alternative to Windows and Apple computers. Kamil

Microsoft lays off hundreds of employees - Engadget, October 18, 2022

Microsoft: 'Software is ultimately the biggest deflationary force' for businesses - Yahoo Finance, October 17, 2022:
Open source free software like Linux yes is deflationary, Microsoft not really. Kamil

Microsoft’s greed is killing Windows 11 for me - TechRadar, April 21st, 2022:

March 21st, 2022: Windows 11 will add a watermark if you use unsupported hardware - engadget

Dec 2, 2021: Microsoft’s new Windows prompts try to stop people downloading Chrome - The Verge

Oct 8, 2021: Amazon Delivery Partners Rage Against the Machines: ‘We Were Treated Like Robots’ - Yahoo Finance

Sep 10, 2021: Epic v. Apple ruling: Judge finds Apple's App Store restrictions violate antitrust law - Yahoo Finance

Aug 28, 2021: Why You Suddenly Need To Delete Google Chrome - Forbes

FTC says Facebook has been a monopoly ‘since at least 2011’ in amended antitrust complaint - The Verge

Windows 11 Is Making It Absurdly Difficult to Change Browsers - GIZMODO

What the Linux Mint developers have pulled off is nothing short of astounding - TechRepublic

Fired by Bot at Amazon: ‘It’s You Against the Machine’ - Bloomberg News

PC users are furious about the new Windows 11 design - Creative Bloq

Epic v. Apple fight: Billions at stake as judge determines fate of App Store - Yahoo!

Google reportedly made it difficult for smartphone users to find privacy settings - The Verge

I looked at all the ways Microsoft Teams tracks users and my head is spinning - ZDNet

Microsoft just force restarted my Windows PC again to install more unwanted apps - The Verge

Disastrous Windows 10 update is reportedly breaking some PCs - TechRadar

With Edge, Microsoft’s forced Windows updates just sank to a new low - The Verge

A million students and counting have learned Linux - ZDNet

Linux Mint 20: Still the best Linux desktop despite one quirk - ZDNet

What Operating System Is the Best Choice for Software Engineers? - Interesting Engineering
From the article "GNU/Linux is, hands down, the most highly acclaimed operating system for software engineering."

Microsoft: we were wrong about open source - The Verge

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