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2 SSD 1 HDD

BadNinja

2 months ago

Hi, just wanna ask and need your opinions. Currently my build have 1TB SSD M.2 (main drive) and 500GB SSD. But both my storage almost full. Wanna ask if I can add one more storage? I'm thinking 2TB HDD or can I go all three SSD?

My motherboard is ASUS Z370-E Gaming.

Thank you!

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  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

That board has two M.2 slots and six SATA ports, so you have plenty of options.

Unless you're really strapped for cash, I can't think of a good reason to get a HDD.

This is useful for getting your head around what's good value at the moment: https://www.anandtech.com/show/9799/best-ssds

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

2TB HDD:

https://www.microcenter.com/product/477377/seagate-firecuda-2tb-5400rpm-sata-iii-6gb-s-25-internal-hybrid-hard-drive

This is more a great solution to a laptop with a single drive slot and a need for a 2TB drive (without the cost). It should look a lot more like a SSD, but isn't ideal for "real" HDD tasks (like dumping multi-GB videos off the SSD quickly). If you only want 2TB, it looks like a good way to go.

https://www.newegg.com/black-wd-elements-8tb/p/N82E16822234349?Description=8tb%20external&cm_re=8tb_external-_-22-234-349-_-Product

8TB, $130. Shuck it (you might need to tape a pin or cut a wire) or leave it in the enclosure for backup. $16.25 per TB is just unreal. And if you are already filling terabytes, it looks even better.

On the SSD side, things get a bit tricky. After looking at the anandtech article szjmryk linked, I recommend the Sandisk Ultra 3d (although pcpartpicker shows it at $200) SATA board (and leave a M.2 slot for when PCIe4 prices get sane).

Filling your last M.2 slot with a PCIe-3 NVMe doesn't sound good (although PCI-e adapters aren't that expensive) when you have a PCIe-4 motherboard. But I wouldn't want to buy a PCIe4 NVMe card right now.

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