Does Your Primary Linux Desktop Have An HDD or SSD?
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I guess the poll wants to know which is the primary disk in my primary machine (the one where my OSes are on), so I voted for SSD here (also since all my other machines except the fileserver run on SSDs, too). Nonetheless there is also a LVM bundle of two HDDs in my main machine.
For my working Laptop, I too use a hybrid system with my primary OS using a SSD with long term archive data & storage on a external HDD.
Costs for small footprint consumer SSD have fallen. I like OCZ & Patriot for fair priced drives that are reliable. Intel SSD costs are starting to fall in price for consumer drives at popular resellers.
I don't have a desktop. But, aren't laptop SSDs ~$100 for 120 GB or something? At the same time, 1 TB HDD is also the same price. I agree SSDs offer more than just storage capacity ... still ...
Having said that - I am looking to buy one very soon - as soon as I have budgeted for that.
I'm not saying they're as cheap as a platter drive, far from it, but they're less than 25% of the cost they were just a couple of years ago. To answer your question, yes a good 120GB SSD is somewhere around $90-100, and you can pick up a good 1TB 2.5" SSD for around $500.
Unless you're building an absolutely bottom of the barrel, cheap as possible machine, I see no rational reason to go with an HDD over an SSD for the boot/OS drive. On a laptop it makes a bit more sense since you typically only have the space for one disk and it's an either/or scenario, but on a desktop there's no excuse anymore.
My vote and explanation for it were disclosed in post #7 above, but for those that aren't all that familiar with SSDs, I have a number of them and all are faster than mechanical HDDs, but I recently purchased a couple of Samsung 840 Pro Series SSDs and they are without a doubt the most impressive upgrade I've ever made when it comes to adding easily noticeable speed to my system. These things are very thin, lightweight, and blazingly fast. Highly recommended for any of you that should decide to go the SSD route. I'm thinking now about trying one of their 840 EVO Series SSDs that are a bit less expensive, the warranty period two years shorter, but are advertised to be just about as fast as the 840 Pro Series. You can check out any hardware reviews that you find on the Pro Series or EVO Series for more details.