reply to AnnaS8
Re: Some hardware questions Sounds like the straight SSD build would have plenty of space for your needs.
I wouldn't worry about SSD longevity. They're designed to handle a LOT of written data, and reads aren't a problem for them. Even Intel's new 20nm NAND-driven 335 SSD can handle a lot of writes, and the first batches of NAND on a new process node can be weak with the max number of writes.
I've attached a screenshot of some SMART/health readings from my own main SSD, which has been powered up pretty much 24/7 since I got it in March 2011. I've written over 5 TB to the drive and it's reporting zero issues. No retired blocks or program/erase cycle failures.
Ok so let me see if I got this correct...speed wise the SSD will boot faster but the SSD and SATA drive will run about the same after the OS has booted up or am I wrong?
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For the most part,
In a pure SSD environment the system will boot faster as you said but applications will start faster too. The system will overall feel more responsive in many cases. Disc intensive applications / operations will typically receive speed improvements as well.
In the hybrid SSD cache + HDD case, if there is something that isnt in the cache you drop down to the speed of the HDD
Ok thanks to everyone for the helpful advice. It has been very appreciated.