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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.

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.

Linux interest and freedom from big tech articles!

Dec 2, 2021: Microsoft’s new Windows prompts try to stop people downloading Chrome - The Verge
“Microsoft has also been making it harder to switch default browsers in Windows 11 and forcing people into using Edge through Windows updates. These latest prompts also follow widespread criticism of Microsoft building a “buy now, pay later” tool directly into Edge that prompts users to use a short-term financing service.” - from the last para in that article.

Oct 8, 2021: Amazon Delivery Partners Rage Against the Machines: ‘We Were Treated Like Robots’ - Yahoo Finance
“They say work hard and make history, but Amazon is a culture of fear and anxiety.” - From the last line in that article.

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

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
Don't these people at Microsoft behind this latest move know how to behave, it appears they never grow out of that mindset of cheap anti-competitive tricks, motivated by greed I guess or something else who knows, instead of just trying to do great stuff. Here try this instead Microsoft, create your browser, don't integrate it with Windows, make it available for download, market it like any other product, if it's any good people will use it, if not they won't. Don't force people to use it because you think you can get away with it. Weren't they told something similar by antitrust regulators sometime back, that article references that case, did they forget? - Kamil

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
This is not good - Kamil

PC users are furious about the new Windows 11 design - Creative Bloq
Windows has been wanting to be Apple forever, constantly copying them, try and be original for a change, don't be afraid you're a big boy now, or maybe not lol - Kamil

Epic v. Apple fight: Billions at stake as judge determines fate of App Store - Yahoo!
Controlling and receiving a big cut of all apps on an iPhone by Apple is a joke, let's hope for a tech freedom verdict - Kamil

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
Hint: 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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