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SSD + Cloud Backup vs. HDD
10-06-2011, 12:06 PM,
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SSD + Cloud Backup vs. HDD
Just curious what you all think about this idea. I know that good HDDs are cheap these days and a good value for storage, but if you're looking to save money while also getting the benefits of SSD, then why not put that $60 into a bigger SSD instead of a HDD?

Obviously failure rates on SSDs are a concern, but assuming you only have a small number of files that are actually vital, just back those up the cloud using any number of free services.

Is there a compelling reason to invest in a HDD if you're not storing a ton of music / movies / pictures?
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10-06-2011, 12:37 PM, (This post was last modified: 10-06-2011, 12:38 PM by MathieuB.)
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RE: SSD + Cloud Backup vs. HDD
While your solution would work just fine for your needs, here are a few reasons why you might still want a HDD:

- To keep an image of your SSD. That way, if your SSD becomes defective, you can simply boot as usual from that image. Then simply copy that image to the replacement SSD. It's a great way to minimize downtime. It's also much more easier to manage a single image backup versus keeping copies of a bunch of files located in different folders.
- It's local storage, meaning that it's available without an Internet connection.
- Backup saving/restoring is much much faster on a local drive compared to the cloud (which is bottlenecked by your Internet connection)
- Security/Privacy: If the files that you're backing up contain personal information, professional secrets or the like, I would not back that up on the cloud.
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10-06-2011, 05:19 PM,
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RE: SSD + Cloud Backup vs. HDD
Mathieu, does that mean I can upgrade to an SSD with the same method? So like install the SSD, create an image of the HDD and save it onto the SSD, go to the bios and set the boot drive to SSD and I'm set?
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10-06-2011, 05:54 PM,
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RE: SSD + Cloud Backup vs. HDD
Most SSDs include a DVD with software that will walk you through the process. But yes, that's usually how it goes and it went for me with my SSD. Of course, you have to make sure that the HDD image is less large than the capacity of the SSD.
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10-06-2011, 07:33 PM,
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RE: SSD + Cloud Backup vs. HDD
Nice now getting that SSD looks a lot less daunting except for the price. I thought it would be way more difficult.
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