Best solution- OS on one SSD drive, all files and docs on another, preferably HDD as these are more reliable than SSD. I have some HDD's which are 16 years old now and still working fine, where SSD's lasted 4-7 years at very best.
I agree with your concerns for cloud backup - if you have sensitive information (or are a spy / criminal). Otherwise I'm quite happy to use OneDrive, Google Drive, DropBox etc - I use many! Some cloud storage providers even offer very secure encrypted backups. You DON'T see the point of "another clone copy"? I'm sure sleepymouse would see the point of another copy of his lost data on that SSD. There are plenty of free backup software available (SyncBack Free for example) that will only backup new / changed files each time you run them. It should only take a few minutes to backup a day's / week's work. You don't usually need to backup every day - but it depends on what you put on your PC each day and how much you will miss your data. Personally I use OneDrive to hold ay files that would be very annoying to lose even for a day, and files that I would need on other PCs / laptops (once in OneDrive I can also see that file on ALL my devices). After that I usually back up all my new files and emails to a separate drive inside my main desktop PC and to an external USB drive which is then disconnected and stored in a separate location. But I only do that once a month! So if my SSD fails (it has once and it lost everything) I just reload Windows and any software I need and then copy back my data. You can also clone your working Windows system and keep that safe, but a fresh reload every now and then is not a bad idea. Over the years I’ve had at least 3 HDD failures and 1 SSD failures (out of 3 laptops with SSD). As an IT worker I have recovered MANY failing HHDs for very grateful customers who did not see any point in having backups, until their HDD failed. I can assure you that an external HDD and regular backups are a hell of a lot cheaper that paying me. Not to mention the cost of trying to recover a HDD that I cannot read - that can be THOUSANDS of pounds. I remember a young mother who broke down in tears after I had managed to recover all the photos of her kids that she had lost for months on a broken HDD. She had tried a couple of local “PC shops” with no luck. I put them all back on her new laptop and gave her a few archival DVDs with the photos. Oh and I also uploaded them to her Google Photos for extra safety.
65£ with a code from Ebay, it was ebuyer so I was a bit sceptical but it was great.
How much was 1tb back then?
I don’t really feel comfortable with cloud backup. Don’t see the point of having another clone storage.
@Binkie.g keep an eye on the Netac Z8 500GB on Amazon UK. A few of us on here managed to nab the thing for just over £35 late last year. Mine has performed flawlessly. It's super fast, and while the width of your thumb longer than this PNY still really small and light. At the price a great option if it pops up on offer again (which it should).
Ah yes both of those reasons make sense
You make a valid point... I could probably get away with a USB stick but I thought at that price I could future proof a little and also have my music at a higher quality?
Do you have many many GBs of music that you want to store in your car? If not it would probably be cheaper to get a 32/64/128GB usb flash drive.
It's a plug and play, via USB. So, no need for extra power.
Speeds might not be as listed; I got the 1tb version the other day and sent it back as the box cites lower speeds.. looked it back up on the listing and it said in tony writing the faster speeds were for only the 8tb version, and other capacity speeds may be different
Or massive if you are just looking for it to run the OS & apps and keep your data on a NAS or cloud solution. I'm guessing £15/16 is the bottom out price for 120GB drives and better deal with (even) Amazon then the MyMemory offers which means neither you nor the taxpayer gets the vat back. I'm also guessing that 120GB will soon go the way of 64GB drives and 256GB will soon be the default minimum. But will they ever reach this price level?
Cheap... bit small and slow but could use a few as a cheap RAID if you have the spare ports!
Posted 16th JulPosted 16th Jul
PNY CS900 Series 2.5 SATA III 960GB SSD, £69.99 at Amazon£69.99 Free P&P FreeAmazon Deals
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First thought was: nice to see others benefiting from a similar deal I scanned l snatched up in September last year! On reading through these comments: I'm a little worried now. If having bought one a while back, am I affected by this change?
Definitely changed components. Speeds are effected, I'm sure endurance is. Seems to be a lottery, but the first ones which went to reviewers were top drawer stuff.
Have they actually changed components or just reduced the endurance rating? For the vast majority of non professional users even the lower endurance ratings are absolutely fine. It seems as if some people place way too much importance on endurance ratings. Of course, if you are in the small minority that do write dramatically more than average it is relevant.
Interesting indeed but I still cannot find confirmation of any component swap, perhaps the reduced endurance relates to potential chia mining abuse as mentioned in the article
Posted 9th JulPosted 9th Jul
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Ah okay, I stand corrected. I honestly thought the install was bigger not sure why
https://www.extremetech.com/extreme/290401-windows-10-now-requires-a-minimum-of-32gb-storage-space https://www.laptopmag.com/uk/articles/reclaim-disk-space-windows-10 "A fresh install of Windows 10 takes up about 15 GB of storage space. Most of that is made up of system and reserved files while 1 GB is taken up by default apps and games that come with Windows 10." 4 Dec 2015
What OS takes 64GB? Mine takes less than 8GB. Indeed with network storage even 120GB is overkill. Why pay for what you will never use? Horses for courses.
They are not that price NOW!
Posted 16th JunPosted 16th Jun
500GB - PNY CS2130 M.2 NVMe Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)- up to 3500/925MB/s R/W - £42.90 (UK Mainland) Sold by Amazon EU @ Amazon£42.90£48.9312% off Free P&P FreeAmazon Deals
About this item Sequential read of up to 3 500 MB/s and write of up to 925 MB/s NVMe upgrade from a SATA based solid state drive (SSD) in an NVMe enabled PC or MAC desktop or la… Read more