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Old 08-21-2016, 09:33 PM
 
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My new computer has solid state SSD 128GB. I chose that over the 500GB HDD because I had read that 128GB SSD is equivalent to 500GB HDD and somehow SSD is better without moving parts. So how does that equivalence work out? I'm transferring files files to the new computer, and it says not enough space!!! The files are less than 100GB. I'm totally surprised. I've no problem with my laptop with 320GB HDD. So how is this 128GB SSD equivalent to 500GB HDD?
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Old 08-21-2016, 10:04 PM
 
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A gigabyte is a gigabyte, no matter what the medium. SSDs may be more reliable, but they don't magically create storage space. You only have 128GB, and some of it is used by the OS and not available for file storage.
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Old 08-21-2016, 10:06 PM
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Maybe you got it backwards and a little cockeyed?

There's a speed advantage between the two drive types. An SSD can probably move 500 GB of data in the amount of time that a mechanical HD can move 128 GB. But capacity-wise, there's no appreciable amount of difference in the amount of space that the data takes up between the two drive types.

Maybe you could just box up the HD as an external drive and keep your OS and important files internally on the SSD?
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Old 08-21-2016, 10:06 PM
 
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A gigabyte is a gigabyte, no matter what the medium. SSDs may be more reliable, but they don't magically create storage space. You only have 128GB, and some of it is used by the OS and not available for file storage.
Thanks, so I made a very dumb mistake. But then why it's said 128GB SSD is equivalent to 500GB HDD? Are they talking about the prices? You can see it in more than one place online.
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Old 08-21-2016, 10:08 PM
 
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Thanks Bo (we typed at the same time). Could the SSD be used as external? How easy/hard to replace it with either an HDD or SSD with more storage?
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Old 08-21-2016, 11:01 PM
 
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Thanks, so I made a very dumb mistake. But then why it's said 128GB SSD is equivalent to 500GB HDD? Are they talking about the prices? You can see it in more than one place online.
Please point out where specifically.

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Thanks Bo (we typed at the same time). Could the SSD be used as external? How easy/hard to replace it with either an HDD or SSD with more storage?
The SSD can be removed and replaced with a HDD but it's better to have the SSD as your boot drive as it contains files that are accessed more often, thus improving speed.
Why not just attach an external HDD for main storage? They're dirt cheap.
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Old 08-21-2016, 11:19 PM
 
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Please point out where specifically.


The SSD can be removed and replaced with a HDD but it's better to have the SSD as your boot drive as it contains files that are accessed more often, thus improving speed.
Why not just attach an external HDD for main storage? They're dirt cheap.
Thanks, you reminded me that the OS and all the preloads are on the SSD, so it's not a simple thing to replace the drive. Guess I'll heed your and others' suggestion to use external HDD, and only use the SSD for the software and frequently accessed files. (Don't remember where I saw the "equivalence", I just looked again, it could be because I saw a lot of "128GB SSD vs. 500GB HDD", the "versus" misled me into thinking they are comparable => equivalent.)
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Old 08-22-2016, 02:16 AM
 
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I agree. Keep the SSD for OS. My new laptop has 128GB SSD for that and a 1 terabyte HDD for data. Fast as blazes.
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Old 08-22-2016, 05:37 AM
 
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Thanks, you reminded me that the OS and all the preloads are on the SSD, so it's not a simple thing to replace the drive.
Actually it is, all it takes is a simple clone of the old SSD to the new, many tutorials online.
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Old 08-22-2016, 06:09 AM
 
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Duplicate the 128 SSD to a new 500 SSD?


I did this with a laptop that had a 128 SSD, and with three desktops before installing Windows 10, and it worked great:
Drive Duplication Using a Standalone Cavalry Docking Station
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