Home Workstation Setup (new SSD?)

  • Posted on: 14 July 2018
  • By: charm
Running out of space on my SSD

Lately I've been feeling the need to upgrade the boot SSD in my home workstation. The SSD in question, an 120GB Samsung SSD 750, has been a great drive, but it's simply become too small for my needs. I've switched things up the past few years. My workstation's current disk configuration is as follows:

  • 120GB Samsung SSD 750 - Ubuntu 18.04, used for ripping media, browsing web sites, testing server stuff (PHP/MySQL), writing code (PHP), Steam Games for Linux, and creative work (I find GIMP works best in Linux)
  • 1000GB Western Digital WD10EZEX-00W - Windows 10, used for developing Fasteroids (GameMaker Studio 1.4), playing Diablo III, and the odd video work.

In the past I had Windows on both the SSD and the first 500GB of the hard drive. I decided a few months back that storage was more important on the Windows side of things having purchased a few new software packages (that admittedly I use far less than software I've bought for Linux). I don't use Windows quite as much except for DIII (even Fasteroids development has mostly moved off to my laptop) so I'm happy with it on the slower hard drive.

With DVDs and Blu-rays so cheap I do a LOT of DVD and Blu-ray ripping for our media centre. With how I have things set up right now there's a bit of a problem: one Blu-ray rip takes up a large amount of space on the SSD. I have several Steam games (for Linux) also stored on my workstation. After ripping 1 Blu-ray I find myself having to immediately transfer the resulting file off my workstation in order to free up space for another rip. I'd like to be able to at least rip 4 or 5 Blu-rays before needing to transfer the files. I made a chart of SSDs based on looking at PC Part Picker:

Company Model Size Price Read Write
Western Digital WDS500G2B0A 500GB 139.99 560 MB/s 530 MB/s
Crucial CT525MX300SSD1 525GB 139.99 530 MB/s 510 MB/s
ADATA ASU650SS-480GT-C 480GB 119.99 520 MB/s 450 MB/s
Mushkin MKNSSDSR500GB 500GB 129.99 560 MB/s 520 MB/s
Kingston SA400S37/480G 480GB 117.99 500 MB/s 450 MB/s

The Western Digital drive has the best write speed if we are to believe the manufacturer claims, but I had a quick look on a local reseller's web site an the only review for the drive was a very negative 1* review in which the person claimed the drive was experiencing failures after 1 week of use, and they admitted to being a WD fan.

The Mushkin drive was actually my first thought, but when I looked at the seller's web site it wasn't one I wanted to put my trust into (it looked like a fly-by-night reseller). I was also reminded of a friend who bought a smaller Mushkin drive and didn't have a great experience with it.

When I looked at a Tom's Hardware review of the Crucial drive I was less than impressed with the performance of the drive. That said it's looking like it might be the drive I ultimately go with.

For the moment I think I'm just going to stick with transferring data off our existing SSD. SSDs are getting larger so there may come a time in the near future where this price point will be for a larger, faster drive.