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I have heard that external USB-powered portable/laptop HDDs are not good for Torrenting, is this true? I have a few of these portable externals due to getting them cheap (thanks HUKD) and was think…
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2y, 3m agoPosted 2 years, 3 months ago
I have heard that external USB-powered portable/laptop HDDs are not good for Torrenting, is this true?

I have a few of these portable externals due to getting them cheap (thanks HUKD) and was thinking about using one of them for torrent on my desktop PC as its internal HDD is out of space. Someone told me I better be prepared for it to have an extremely short life...
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2y, 3m agoPosted 2 years, 3 months ago
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solid state drives aren't good for torrents, it wears them out quicker. But normal hard drives are fine.

Anyone who disagrees and points out write integrity nonsense should really read up and write cycles.


Edited By: stoney73 on Jan 10, 2015 15:10: explain to numptys

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#1
I don't see what that would be true, I use portable drives all the time and have had no major issues. But i'd be interest to know otherwise.
#2
solid state drives aren't good for torrents, it wears them out quicker. But normal hard drives are fine.

Anyone who disagrees and points out write integrity nonsense should really read up and write cycles.


Edited By: stoney73 on Jan 10, 2015 15:10: explain to numptys
#3
stoney73
solid state drives aren't good for torrents, it wears them out quicker. But normal hard drives are fine.

Eh?
#4
****.....ive been using aportable hard drive for over 5 years???????
#5
I always thought any downloaded file gets written into the temp folder and then moved to destination when finished.
Also try decrapifying your pc using ccleaner, you'd be amazed at all the caches and system error logs get left behind!
Another great visualization tool is http://www.uderzo.it/main_products/space_sniffer/index.html helping you to see forgotten
files clogging everything up.
And lastly http://cyber-d.blogspot.co.uk/2005/10/cyber-ds-auto-delete-101.html to keep your browser cache and temp folder
spick and span
#6
esar
I always thought any downloaded file gets written into the temp folder and then moved to destination when finished.
Also try decrapifying your pc using ccleaner, you'd be amazed at all the caches and system error logs get left behind!
Another great visualization tool is http://www.uderzo.it/main_products/space_sniffer/index.html helping you to see forgotten
files clogging everything up.
And lastly http://cyber-d.blogspot.co.uk/2005/10/cyber-ds-auto-delete-101.html to keep your browser cache and temp folder
spick and span

What about when the size of the torrent is bigger than the free space on the drive that holds the temp folder?
#7
JoeSpur
What about when the size of the torrent is bigger than the free space on the drive that holds the temp folder?

Enable the options in your torrent client to create the full file right away. I forget the option, but basically it'll create the shell of the file and fill it in as the download completes. This will then mean your torrent client will error, telling you that you don't have sufficient space.
#8
craigstephens
stoney73
solid state drives aren't good for torrents, it wears them out quicker. But normal hard drives are fine.
Eh?

Eh what? If you have a question ask, ask it. Solid state drives aren't recommended for storing media etc.

Edited By: stoney73 on Dec 23, 2014 12:17
#9
stoney73
craigstephens
stoney73
solid state drives aren't good for torrents, it wears them out quicker. But normal hard drives are fine.
Eh?

Eh what? If you have a question ask, ask it. Solid state drives aren't recommended for storing media etc.
That's a load of rubbish, SSD are non-volatile type of memory, The simple answer is that you can turn off the disk and it won’t “forget” what was stored on it. This is of course an essential characteristic of any type of permanent memory. During the early days of SSD, rumours floated around saying stored data would wear off and be lost after only a few years. Regardless, that rumour is certainly not true with today’s technology, as you can read and write to an SSD all day long and the data storage integrity will be maintained for well over 200 years. In other words, the data storage life of an SSD can outlive you!
#10
Mulva42
stoney73
craigstephens
stoney73
solid state drives aren't good for torrents, it wears them out quicker. But normal hard drives are fine.
Eh?

Eh what? If you have a question ask, ask it. Solid state drives aren't recommended for storing media etc.
That's a load of rubbish, SSD are non-volatile type of memory, The simple answer is that you can turn off the disk and it won’t “forget” what was stored on it. This is of course an essential characteristic of any type of permanent memory. During the early days of SSD, rumours floated around saying stored data would wear off and be lost after only a few years. Regardless, that rumour is certainly not true with today’s technology, as you can read and write to an SSD all day long and the data storage integrity will be maintained for well over 200 years. In other words, the data storage life of an SSD can outlive you!

Quite a bold claim, SSD's haven't been around for 200 years so how can you say that they will last that long?!
#11
stoney73
Mulva42
stoney73
craigstephens
stoney73
solid state drives aren't good for torrents, it wears them out quicker. But normal hard drives are fine.
Eh?

Eh what? If you have a question ask, ask it. Solid state drives aren't recommended for storing media etc.
That's a load of rubbish, SSD are non-volatile type of memory, The simple answer is that you can turn off the disk and it won’t “forget” what was stored on it. This is of course an essential characteristic of any type of permanent memory. During the early days of SSD, rumours floated around saying stored data would wear off and be lost after only a few years. Regardless, that rumour is certainly not true with today’s technology, as you can read and write to an SSD all day long and the data storage integrity will be maintained for well over 200 years. In other words, the data storage life of an SSD can outlive you!



To be fair, you just wrote a load of tripe.
tbf, yoiu need to gen up on latest ssd data integrity
#12
chocci
stoney73
Mulva42
stoney73
craigstephens
stoney73
solid state drives aren't good for torrents, it wears them out quicker. But normal hard drives are fine.
Eh?

Eh what? If you have a question ask, ask it. Solid state drives aren't recommended for storing media etc.
That's a load of rubbish, SSD are non-volatile type of memory, The simple answer is that you can turn off the disk and it won’t “forget” what was stored on it. This is of course an essential characteristic of any type of permanent memory. During the early days of SSD, rumours floated around saying stored data would wear off and be lost after only a few years. Regardless, that rumour is certainly not true with today’s technology, as you can read and write to an SSD all day long and the data storage integrity will be maintained for well over 200 years. In other words, the data storage life of an SSD can outlive you!



To be fair, you just wrote a load of tripe.
tbf, yoiu need to gen up on latest ssd data integrity

To be fair, you should really learn to read properly. I never mentioned data integrity. I said Ssd's have a limited number of write cycles. Which you can read about here: http://www.pcworld.com/article/2043634/how-to-stretch-the-life-of-your-ssd-storage.html
#13
Wears out the drive,was rubbish posting.it infers the drive will wear out.
#14
stoney73
Mulva42
stoney73
craigstephens
stoney73
solid state drives aren't good for torrents, it wears them out quicker. But normal hard drives are fine.
Eh?

Eh what? If you have a question ask, ask it. Solid state drives aren't recommended for storing media etc.
That's a load of rubbish, SSD are non-volatile type of memory, The simple answer is that you can turn off the disk and it won’t “forget” what was stored on it. This is of course an essential characteristic of any type of permanent memory. During the early days of SSD, rumours floated around saying stored data would wear off and be lost after only a few years. Regardless, that rumour is certainly not true with today’s technology, as you can read and write to an SSD all day long and the data storage integrity will be maintained for well over 200 years. In other words, the data storage life of an SSD can outlive you!



To be fair, you just wrote a load of tripe.
If you can defend non SSD then the floor is yours.

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