planning to replace my 1TB "spinning" hard disk drive


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I don't get it. After all these years, some folks still don't get the simple task of CLONING an old drive to a new drive.
They want to make something mystical and magical out of the process. Forgetaboutit!

It's actually SO darned Simple! WELL, for me anyway. I just connect the old drive and the new drive to my main PC and run Ghost and do a CLONE from the old drive to the new drive. And in a few minutes, the job is done. Then put the new drive into it's new Home PC.

These days, NOT replacing a spinner with an SSD drive is just plain Foolish! Spinners are slow, noisy, generate a LOT of heat, and they draw a lot of power. For the last couple of years, I've been systematically replacing all my spinners with SSD's. I just use my old spinners for backups, experimentation and door stops.
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"These days, NOT replacing a spinner with an SSD drive is just plain Foolish" Not every MOBO will recognize the EVO 2.5" SATA SSD:
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"These days, NOT replacing a spinner with an SSD drive is just plain Foolish" Not every MOBO will recognize the EVO 2.5" SATA SSD:
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16 TB enterprise grade SSD's still cost huge amounts of money -- for things like streaming, backups , archives, static data collections,etc classical spinners of large capacity are still by far the cheapest option. For the OS, paging, editiing (photo / video etc) , scratch temporary files etc the of course use SSD's or even Nvme's.

Toshiba 16 TB enterprise grade spinners on Black Friday sales are around 240 EUR - and being enterprise grade are reliable of course --

Toshiba for example is 100% first class. If you need copious amounts of backup storage and for archive e.g music (I have around 4 TB of ripped music from older CD's, and a huge amount of TV archive stuff from 1930's onwards e.g the old Flash Gordon on Mars series etc !!!) then these make perfect sense as archival media.

These 3.5 inch spinners have a decent cache and are decent performers too although for media streaming etc the network connection is more important than the HDD speed. The only draw back is that if you wish to connect to a laptop you'll need a POWERED SATA->USB3/USBC connector but those are cheap too. A bog standard SATA->USB3 connector won't have sufficient "Juice" to drive the HDD.

I like embracing new technology but don't be too quick to junk the old while it's still cost effective and working properly.

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SSD's still cost huge amounts of money
I agree. I'm not so techno crazy that I feel the need to buy large ssd's when I have all these unused spinners lying around. They're still perfectly serviceable as storage and backup drives.
I have several 2.5 HDDs in enclosures that are used when I backup the other 3 systems in the house and each of my 2 systems use spinners partitioned for storage and backup. 2 more 3.5 drives are in a dock used for backing up my data partitions and all kinds of other stuff that I probably need to delete.

My 2 systems are the only ones that have small boot ssd's at all. I guess you can call me a semi-geek for being so old-fashioned but when one lives on retirement we have to save money wherever we can and make use of what we've got..
 

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