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HDD or SDD [SOLVED]

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MrCast
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HDD or SDD [SOLVED]

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Post by MrCast » Sat Aug 24, 2019 6:47 am

Between a 512GB SSD and a 1TB HDD, which is best to install MX Linux on and what size should the partition optimally be? :turtle: :turtle: :turtle:
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Re: HDD or SDD

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Post by Jerry3904 » Sat Aug 24, 2019 6:52 am

Welcome to the Forum! I have a similar setup, and did it this way:

SSD
--100 GiB for / (root)
--400 GiB for Home

HDD
--Data
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Re: HDD or SDD

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Post by JayM » Sat Aug 24, 2019 7:01 am

I have both a 1200GB SSD and a 1TB HDD installed. I installed MX onto the SDD using the entire disk in an automated installation (but reserving 20GB of unallocated space which I use for frugal USB installations) and use the 1TB drive for extra storage and for storing my backups and snapshots. If you have to choose one or the other I would say go with the SSD for amazing speed and performance, or go with the HDD if storage space is more important to you. It depends on your needs. (You can buy an external USB HDD enclosure and still utilize the HDD for backups if you want.)
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Re: HDD or SDD

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Post by Huckleberry » Sat Aug 24, 2019 7:16 am

I have no SSDs. Furthermore, my sole HDD in the machine is just 60 GB. ("I'm a Poor Lonesome Cowboy" :tumbleweed: )

And my "beloved" and "humble" and "swift" and "agile" and ..... MX is just 4.3 GB with everything installed on a 8 GB partition (sometimes cleaned with Bleachbit to keep it "fit" ). It just works :happy:

So, you ask "why did you tell this?" ? .. I don't know, just wanted to say...
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Re: HDD or SDD

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Post by MrCast » Sat Aug 24, 2019 7:18 am

Thanks for the input. What does the MX development team recommend for partition size?

In the manual, it mentions that SSD drives can develop blocks? Not knowing that they are talking about makes me wonder if it would be better to install on the HDD.. smh
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Re: HDD or SDD

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Post by JayM » Sat Aug 24, 2019 7:23 am

MrCast wrote:
Sat Aug 24, 2019 7:18 am
Thanks for the input. What does the MX development team recommend for partition size?
That's covered in section 2.3.3 of the MX User Manual. You'll find a link to the online version near the top of this forum. Basically it's up to you and your needs: Linux is all about freedom.
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Re: HDD or SDD

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Post by Huckleberry » Sat Aug 24, 2019 7:30 am

MrCast wrote:
Sat Aug 24, 2019 7:18 am
it mentions that SSD drives can develop blocks?
Just found these:

https://www.backblaze.com/blog/how-reliable-are-ssds/
https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/5-warning ... reak-fail/

But also, you can take MX Snapshot anytime and install it to anywhere you like.. so, I think, nothing to worry.. Generally distros say 20GB recommended at least, and 10GB min. required on their websites.. But as JayM says, up to you...

(I mean, I can use it -and also other distros previosly in 8 or 10 GB - in such a tiny partition -tried even 6 GB :D - but on the other hand, if I don't occasionally clean, it would become inflated soon of course.. )
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Re: HDD or SDD

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Post by philotux » Sat Aug 24, 2019 7:42 am

Definitely the SSD for the speed. I've got a 25 GB root partition and that's more than enough for my use case.

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Re: HDD or SDD

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Post by JayM » Sat Aug 24, 2019 7:54 am

It also depends on where you put /home, inside of the root partition or in its own separate partition, and on whether or not you intend to store lots of data in your home directory or keep it elsewhere. You could do a web search for Linux partitioning strategies to get some ideas.

(If I had a 512GB SSD I'd be in hog heaven!)
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Re: HDD or SDD

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Post by chrispop99 » Sat Aug 24, 2019 7:58 am

SSD without question. It's the single biggest improvement you can make to a machine's performance.

Early SSDs suffered some reliability issues with age, but that's been resolved years ago. All they need now to keep them functioning prophetly is for 'Trim' to be run occasionally, and MX is already set up to do that for you once a week.

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