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256 GB SSD + 2 TB HDD vs. 512 GB SSD

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I was planning on getting a Crucial m4 256 GB SSD + a 2 TB Caviar Black. Then I thought about dropping both and just getting a 512 GB Crucial m4. 512 GB should be enough for my needs. Is this a good idea? I was originally thinking of running the OS and essential programs on the 256 GB m4 and games and everything else on the 2 TB HDD. With a 512 GB SSD, I'll be able to run everything on it.

What do you say?

By the way, is it better to get two 256 GB SSDs in RAID 0 or just one 512 GB SSD?
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Raid on SSDs currently doesn't support trim (unless the new drivers are out already) however garbage collection can still be used.
It really depends on what sort of storage u need on your computer.
Installing music and movies and photos on an SSD is a waste of money IMO.
However if all your needs fit in a 500gb SSD then why not thumb.gif
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I'd go for 256 + 2tb for the simple reason that you have 2 drives instead of 1.
With 1 big ssd, it fails you lose everything, while with 2 TB you can have some backup options at least.

Just don't get a Seagate HDD and you'll be fine.
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^ this
 
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If all you stuff fits on 512 GB SSD, you could get a 128 GB one as a boot drive and then a pair of smaller (500 GB or so) HDDs for raid. It saves you money and you'll have better performance than 1 HDD as well as not losing everything if a single drive fails. You could probably through in a third drive for backup purposes as well, if you have enough SATA ports.
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