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View Poll Results: Does Your Primary Linux Desktop Have An HDD or SSD?
HDD 495 69.52%
SSD 217 30.48%
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Old 05-01-2014, 05:24 AM   #241
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My main 'desktop' is actually a notebook... X1 Carbon... I don't know if I'd ever want to go back to a HDD for my main workhorse!
 
Old 05-01-2014, 06:44 AM   #242
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Both primary & secondary have HDD drives
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Old 05-01-2014, 07:10 AM   #243
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Old 05-01-2014, 07:20 AM   #244
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I have both in my desktop PC:

2 x 120GB SSD Raid 0 running Debian Wheezy 7.x Xfce and a 1TB HDD for storage and backup. Unfortunately the SATA controller on this mobo is only 2.0, otherwise I would be getting 1GB/s read/write speeds with the Raid.

My only concern is, I've had some HDDs last for almost forever (I have 5 spare HDDs kicking around that still work), while after 5 years of use, my SSDs will slowly degrade, the cells will begin to burnout.
 
Old 05-01-2014, 07:43 AM   #245
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At work we have a lot of Unix servers that I adminster that all connect to storage arrays, EMC today IBM tomorrow. The IBM arrays we are putting in have a few SSDs to improve performance but the bulk of the storage is still HDD. At home I have one laptop that dual boots Ubntu 14.04 LTS and Windows 8.1, but my main desktop is still Windows 7. All are HDD.
 
Old 05-01-2014, 08:00 AM   #246
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My only concern is, I've had some HDDs last for almost forever (I have 5 spare HDDs kicking around that still work), while after 5 years of use, my SSDs will slowly degrade, the cells will begin to burnout.
If the SSD are latest generation then I would not be too concerned with degrading if the 'SSD' are properly configured to your system. Most MTBF for current generation SSD exceed the system life.

I use both spinning disk and SSD for my systems. HDD costs per GB are cheap and do provide alternate storage for my systems.
 
Old 05-01-2014, 08:46 AM   #247
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I've put SSD's in all my computers desktop and laptop alike. I will never go back to putting my os on a HDD, it's just painfully slow after using SSD's.
 
Old 05-01-2014, 09:11 AM   #248
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Upgraded 4-yr-old System76 laptop to SSD when the original 7200RPM drive began to fail - now using a Samsung 840 Evo and am VERY pleased with the dramatic speed increase. With former Ubuntu 12.04 LTS had to manually do fstrim or set cron job, but 14.04 now handles that out of the box, so that's one worry less.

Bottom line: amazing upgrade, computer has never been this fast! I've now put shopping for a replacement on the back burner for probably years to come. A couple hundred dollar investment that will save me a lot more than that by extending the life of this otherwise excellent machine.
 
Old 05-01-2014, 09:36 AM   #249
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Hard drives are cheaper and better than SSDs.
 
Old 05-01-2014, 09:39 AM   #250
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At work we have a lot of Unix servers that I adminster that all connect to storage arrays, EMC today IBM tomorrow. The IBM arrays we are putting in have a few SSDs to improve performance but the bulk of the storage is still HDD. At home I have one laptop that dual boots Ubntu 14.04 LTS and Windows 8.1, but my main desktop is still Windows 7. All are HDD.
I still by far, trust magnetic platter HDDs for storage/backup over SSDs, but that's just me, inherently paranoid of new(ish) technologies until they are proven 100% reliable. I never liked the HDD bottle neck regardless of OS, so when SSDs came along, I had a virtual orgasm, lol. There's always time to recover and move data from an HDD (S.M.A.R.T.) where as an SSD could possibly corrupt existing data via failing cells, I keep nothing but the OS and its programs on the SSDs, new or existing files are kept on the HDD.
 
Old 05-01-2014, 09:41 AM   #251
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A friend gave me a terrabyte HDD, and I bought another one, so my desktop has a 500 gig internal and 2 USB external HDD. I love it on my Ubuntu 13 machine. I will NEVER go back to M$!
 
Old 05-01-2014, 10:36 AM   #252
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Primary system: System-76 Bonobo (Nov 2011). 32 GB DRAM. Primary drive: Hitachi 250 GB SSD. Secondary drive: Seagate 1 TB HDD. I use Mint 16, and several Windows 7 VMs (VirtualBox) for work (MS SQL Server).
 
Old 05-01-2014, 11:13 AM   #253
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Hard drives are cheaper and better than SSDs.
Did you read the comment above yours? If "better" means slower to you you live in a strange world.
I agree that SSDs may not be proven enough for some people but as a technoloigy they are far "better".
 
Old 05-03-2014, 09:14 PM   #254
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Smaller SSDs needed...

On the order of 60GB or so, just to boot the OS, then use larger SSDs or spinning rust for RAID.
 
Old 05-03-2014, 11:38 PM   #255
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SSD?? HAAAAA!! My Linux machine is still IDE and AGP! hahahaha I have HDD on my Linux machine to learn Linux and the boot time is good anyway. I'm keeping my main computer Windows till I really know Linux. The family would shoot me right now if I made the main computer Linux!

Running Linux Mint 16 KDE x86 32 bit and still learning my way around.

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