@ thebs - thanks for the tip! An SSHD looks like a winner to me - I'll grab myself a Firecuda
It helps that the 2.5" drives have lower failure rates than 3.5" drives, but even the 3.5" SSHD devices have long shown they fail at 1/10th the rate.Again, on my experiences ...
I've only had one (1) SSHD fail out of over one hundred (100+) and it was nearly 4 years old, basically when the first 1TB 5400rpm + 8GB MLC designs first came out. I remember it because it came out of the NewEgg box unsecured
. I should have complained about that, but I didn't.
Just FYI, 100% of all of my SSHD devices are 2.5", no 3.5", but -- again -- various studies show the 3.5" SSHD have much lower AFRs.
I really liked the original Seagate Momentus XT models, the 4-8GB SLC (single level cell) NAND devices that spun at 7200pm in 500GB (4GB) and 750GB (8GB) sizes. I have ones that are approaching six (6) years old, never a failed one yet. They were 9.5mm high, just like the subsequent 1TB 5400rpm + 8GB NAND devices.
But now there are the 7mm high FireCudas, which fit in everything. I have four (4) of them now. Still only 5400rpm + 8GB MLC (which they went to 16GB), but they work perfectly. This system I'm typing on is a Dell Precision m4700 w/1TB Evo 840 mSATA + 2x 2TB 5400+8G FireCudas.Now, on system layout ...
When I self-assemble/self-install, I usually partition as follows (using a Linux LiveUSB stick first) ...
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