New Computer Build - All SSD (256gb) vs HDD + SSD?

I'm building a new machine. My old computer has a 1TB HDD and a 1TB external.... I've only used a TOTAL of 150GB of space over the past 2+ years...... I'm not a gamer or store tons of video!! So my question is: would there be any reason not to use a 256GB SSD as my ONLY drive in the new machine?? I guess I could still use my "1TB external" for some storage and back-up if needed!!! PROS & CONS ????????? Thank You.

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  • 7 years ago
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    If you don't use tons of storage space, a 256 GB SSD is probably fine. Just make sure to get one with a reputation for reliability and back up your data on occasion (Samsung 840 Pro Series, for example, are excellent SSDs).

    Pros of SSD only:

    -All data reads/writes faster than mechanical

    -You don't have to mess with organization as much


    -Less space

    -Higher probability of drive failure (though mitigated by regular backups and warranties)

    Pros of SSD+HDD:

    -More space overall

    -fast boot and loading/writing, but only for SSD-saved programs


    -Requires more physical space

    -More organization required

    -More heat from HDD

    Pros of HDD only:


    -Grants tons of space


    -More heat from HDD

    -Significantly slower

    I hope this helps!

  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    I recommend just the SSD for the OS and Frequent applications, and the HDD for space.

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