We think many of you have old hard drives and SSD cards that were once modern. Now their parameters seem ridiculous, they are completely outdated and not suitable for modern PCs. In most cases, old HDDs and SSDs are just dusting in the closet. Is there anything else you can do with them?
Yes, you can. And these devices can serve you for many years to come.
Let’s start with SSDs. For many years, users bought the most SATA SSDs in small capacities, typically 120GB, and are now changing them massively to fast NVMe M.2 drives in sizes from 500GB to 1000GB.
It would seem that the difference in volume and speed is huge and SATA SSD on 120 GB is no longer suitable, but if you understand, they can be left with system drives and now I will explain why.
Windows puts a moderate load on the drive, and it is likely that by replacing a SATA SSD with an NVMe M.2 drive, you will get only a few seconds of boot gain. And you won’t notice any speed gains in the OS itself.
If you use a NVMe M.2 drive for heavy gaming, virtual machines, video work and large archives, we immediately see the increase in speed, and no one prevents us from leaving a small SSD under the system, and use NVMe M.2 drive to work.
There are several advantages to this solution. First of all, the load is paralleled – the OS rotates on its SSD, the work tasks – on its own. A small increase in speed you may not notice, but it will.
Secondly, the wear and tear is transferred to the old SSD, which is not pathetic. Windows itself is moderately “twitching” the SSD, but browsers are writing more and more information into caches.
Thirdly, it is very convenient for backup, when the system disk is small and physically located separately from the files. The system backup in this case can be done frequently and quickly, and the recovery will take several minutes.
We recommend installing this configuration, Windows on the Samsung 850 EVO 120 GB, and games, virtual machine files and large archives on the Samsung 860 EVO 1TB.
Fourthly, the second SSD allows you to have a second OS, completely independent of the main one. This can be useful if the primary OS fails. All you have to do is reboot and after 15 seconds you can continue to work in your usual environment. I have installed Windows 7 for this purpose.
Now let’s talk about additional HDDs. The most useful application for them is backups. And it is desirable to have backups and constant when, for example, once a day your working folders on the SSD are copied to the HDD. And occasionally, when you drop important files to a separate HDD, which is not stored in the PC case.
Backups that lie in one place are considered unreliable. Imagine any force majeure: a PC can be stolen, it can tritely fall off a desk, there can be a fire or a PSU failure when it damages all components. In this case you will lose both important files and their backups.
Therefore all security experts agree that the backups must be kept separate from the device. And it is desirable to have a copy of them. If you are backing up on a separate external HDD, it will not hurt to duplicate it on a 3.5″ HDD.
The volume of HDD for your backups will depend on your tasks and their volume. I currently have about 500 GB.
You can connect an HDD for your backup in the usual way by opening the PC and plugging in the SATA data and power cables, but it is much more convenient to buy a special case adapter. For example, AGESTAR 3UB3O8.
And finally, the most banal application of a small HDD is the so-called “filedump”, that is, downloading and storing files from the Internet. There is usually not enough space on the SSD, and to spend its resource to download files is pathetic, so even an HDD of 250-320 GB will be quite useful for this purpose.
These are all recommendations for using old SSDs and HDDs we recommend.