I haven't used a machine with a SSD but I think the answer of
whether someone would benefit depends on the answers to the
following questions and perhaps others I haven't thought of, but
I would think these are the main ones.
How much more does an equivalent machine cost with both
Another question is how do you use the computer? I can see
where someone would save a significant amount of time if they do
things that require a lot of disk activity such as converting
audio files to different formats or recording and saving a lot
of files in a compressed format that, I would think, would take
longer with a mechanical drive. So do you anticipate doing disk
intensive activities often enough to pay whatever the higher
cost of the computer might be?
I'm presenting the following as points of discussion.
I don't care if programs open faster. And as far as boot
time, there are ways to get very fast boots using a mechanical
hard drive, such as using sleep instead of shutting down. You
should reboot after awhile but using something like sleep mostly
eliminates long boot times.
Where speed might be nice is in opening web pages. I don't
know how much increased speed you might get but that is
something for further discussion. I don't care, myself. If I'm
going to spend two or five or ten minutes reading something, I
don't care if the page opens in three or four seconds, as some
do on my mechanical drive machine, or perhaps in one second. I
don't know if that much time would be saved, but I don't care
about such savings. You may.
In short, I don't think there is a right or wrong answer. I
think it depends on what the person cares about and how the
computer is used and what the cost difference is.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Friday, November 01, 2019 11:50 AM
Subject: [TechTalk] Needing some advice on
purchasing a new desktop
Hello listers, I'd like some advice regarding specs for a new
I've been doing a bit of research and I'm noticing that these
manufacturers are building systems with two internal hard drives.
example, some of the newer Dell machines use an ssd as the boot
and a mechanical drive for storage. I'd like some opinions as to
it would be better to go with this type of machine or to purchase
something with just a mechanical hd as the main drive.
All opinions are welcome.