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    Choosing a 2TB boot drive

    Even so, defragmenting would clear the cache, requiring several boots for it to re-learn usage habits. Of course I don't claim to be an expert, but that's the conclusion I've come to from reading various forums on the matter. Thanks for the insight! You sir, are the Petyr Baelish of HDDs. Thanks!
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    Choosing a 2TB boot drive

    That was very helpful! Never actually thought about partition sizes affecting performance that way. Many thanks! I'll be placing my order next Monday. I decided to go with one of the toshiba drives, depending on which one is cheaper at the moment. While reading some posts at Tom's, I remembered that It's harmful to defragment SSDs, and that led me to a conclusion. If I were to go with the sshd, defragmenting would also shorten the lifespan of that 8GB MLC and wipe its contents which would nullify the benefit of it. Any thoughts on this?
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    Choosing a 2TB boot drive

    Hmm, performance is my highest priority, considering that I'll be using it as a boot drive. However, sustained real-life performance measurements, which I believe are most important, are hard to come by. Regarding data integrity, all of my important files are stored either on a cloud-service or on external drives. In other words, I won't be storing any critical data on my boot drive. The reason I need a reliable drive is just because I don't want to deal with the hassle of returning a failed drive and then afterwards installing my OS and software. And having my experience with Seagate drives, I'm seriously concerned about buying one. Ah, choices, choices...
  4. Hello! I'm torn between buying one of these 3 drives for use as my PC's boot drive: Seagate ST2000DX001 SSHD: 196BGN (~113 USD or 99 EUR) Toshiba DT01ACA200: 144BGN (~83 USD or 74 EUR) Toshiba P300 HDWD120EZSTA: 167BGN (~96 USD or 85 EUR) Looking at them, you might say that the SSHD is inherently better, however I'm worried about the reliability of seagate drives in general. Out of the 17 "broken" PC's I was busy diagnosing and repairing last month, 5 had dead hard drives, 4 of which were Seagate drives. As for the new Toshiba P300 series, the reason for me to consider it is that the other Toshiba drive I'm looking at is a bit old at 54-ish months. That and also the fact I'm expecting some performance improvements with the P300, although I haven't been able to find any benchmarks to confirm this. Regarding SSDs: I'll get one about a year from now, when I'll do a complete system upgrade. It's not economically feasible for me right now. Regarding WD Blacks: They're far too expensive where I live, nearly twice the price of competing 2TB drives. And from reviews I've read, they seem too noisy and hot. Regarding why 2TB and not more: My current PC is rather old - 3.8GHz E8500-based, which means it doesn't have a UEFI BIOS, which means I can't utilize a drive larger than 2.2TB as a boot drive. So what's your opinion? Has anyone had any experience with these P300 drives?