Thinkpad: Or I use SSD whose heath can be reduced faster than HDD?

Oct. 11, 2022, 2:06 a.m.

Hello everyone

I found common opinion: Use SSD for windows and software, Use HDD for storing data

I want to choose one of (SSD or HDD) for (Storing Data)

Should I use HDD that is more likely to be stable and its health becomes stable at 100% for long time, and has longer life?

Or I use SSD whose heath can be reduced faster than HDD?

What do you think?

Oct. 11, 2022, 2:06 a.m.

For me it all depends on what use I have for the "data". I personally only have SSD in my laptops. They all back up and sync to a cloud storage. That cloud storage is also backed up to spinning hard drives via my desktop system, to 2 separate hard drives which I can move to secure storage if necessary. If I need "data" that is not on the laptop, I pull it down from the cloud storage and use it on my local SSD. If I could only have part of this system, SSD in the laptop plus the cloud would be my choice.

Oct. 11, 2022, 2:06 a.m.

HDD for storing data, in case of critical failure, the SSD controller won't be able to read the chips and data would not be recovered by any means

okay so HDD is better for storage

Also the SSD have limited write/read operations or a established life expetancy on the calculated and design write operations, the latest is provided by the brand/manufactured

ok thank u very much
So HDD doesn't have limit writes

Exactly and if you don't have for an active write/read operation (like for the SO install/operation), HDD can las much longer

okay I got it

I have an HDD with 86% health and 8 bad sectors, should I replace it? Or what should I do

IDK, just run crystaldisk info and if the warning is in yellow, you can expect to change it un the short/medium term... if it's red, do it ASAP and backup your info


Thank u very much

You are welcome ><3

Oct. 11, 2022, 2:06 a.m.

Absolutely do not choose a hard drive only setup. In the event of a total drive failure yes you will lose the data, but I've never had a drive die and become unrecoverable across the 3 times it's happened. Hard drives are simply too slow in this day and age, they use more power, they're not getting cheaper and generally just not worth it. If you're concerned with redundancy, make regular backups or get a RAID setup

I have hard drives in nearly all my computers are secondary drives, but the SSD is for Windows and key programs. It's an older setup that comes from when SSDs were prohibitively expensive, but now I do it cause I'm a cheapskate

Oct. 11, 2022, 2:06 a.m.

In most ThinkPads today, there's no 2.5" bay, so dual M.2 setup is the only option you have, if you even get 2x M.2 slots.

But on my elder and larger ThinkPads, I always go for a SSD / HDD setup. In the P70 I have a 2x M.2 RAID for OS and mission critical software, 1x 2.5" SSD for games and 1x 2.5" HDD for storage.

Oct. 11, 2022, 2:06 a.m.

SSDs last a verrrry long time, especially if used for archiving. And you should make backups anyhow.

got to be careful of bit rot and bit flipping

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