[SOLVED] Is upgrading data disk to ssd matters?

May 26, 2021
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Will I see improvements if upgrade my data disk from hdd to ssd?
(I'm talking about the data disk that stores movies, pictures, projects and other files, not the os ssd)
taking budget out from consideration
 

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Generally no. Assuming a typically setup, you are most likely watching or listening to only one thing. For example, I have Steam and hence my games on my 1TB SSD. I have music and what not on an 8TB spinner. If I'm playing a game, I load up an album and have it play. I'm listening in real time while playing my game, how fast do you think that drive needs to be? It's doing one thing, and if it did it too fast I wouldn't want to hear it. Fun fact, DVD players back in the IDE days only bothered with ATA 33. Because that's all the bandwidth a DVD needed. Assuming your spinner is a modern drive attached to a SATA III port, or 600MBps. Trust me, your data files are fine on a spinner.

This answer changes if you are not talking about a normal setup. If your OS, Game, and music all sit on a spinner and you listen to music or have a movie player on the TV to entertain the kids I can see issues there with game smoothness. Same if this is some sort of home server with everyone trying to stream your itunes account. But if it's just you just doing one thing I'm sure you are fine.
 

4745454b

Titan
Moderator
Generally no. Assuming a typically setup, you are most likely watching or listening to only one thing. For example, I have Steam and hence my games on my 1TB SSD. I have music and what not on an 8TB spinner. If I'm playing a game, I load up an album and have it play. I'm listening in real time while playing my game, how fast do you think that drive needs to be? It's doing one thing, and if it did it too fast I wouldn't want to hear it. Fun fact, DVD players back in the IDE days only bothered with ATA 33. Because that's all the bandwidth a DVD needed. Assuming your spinner is a modern drive attached to a SATA III port, or 600MBps. Trust me, your data files are fine on a spinner.

This answer changes if you are not talking about a normal setup. If your OS, Game, and music all sit on a spinner and you listen to music or have a movie player on the TV to entertain the kids I can see issues there with game smoothness. Same if this is some sort of home server with everyone trying to stream your itunes account. But if it's just you just doing one thing I'm sure you are fine.
 
May 26, 2021
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Generally no. Assuming a typically setup, you are most likely watching or listening to only one thing. For example, I have Steam and hence my games on my 1TB SSD. I have music and what not on an 8TB spinner. If I'm playing a game, I load up an album and have it play. I'm listening in real time while playing my game, how fast do you think that drive needs to be? It's doing one thing, and if it did it too fast I wouldn't want to hear it. Fun fact, DVD players back in the IDE days only bothered with ATA 33. Because that's all the bandwidth a DVD needed. Assuming your spinner is a modern drive attached to a SATA III port, or 600MBps. Trust me, your data files are fine on a spinner.

This answer changes if you are not talking about a normal setup. If your OS, Game, and music all sit on a spinner and you listen to music or have a movie player on the TV to entertain the kids I can see issues there with game smoothness. Same if this is some sort of home server with everyone trying to stream your itunes account. But if it's just you just doing one thing I'm sure you are fine.
I have mostly videos and pictures there, sometimes I download movies and transfer them to apple tv via vlc remote playback, also I hold coding projects there, which do take a little time to load, but maybe it all depends on the ide that actually loads them and is in the c disk (ssd)
 

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