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So, I'm looking at getting a separate storage device for my OS.

Now, obviously a SSD will be faster than a HDD in every way. However, as far as I understand, if you use a small 80GB HDD for your OS, it will still be faster than having the OS on your larger HDD with the rest of your files, because there will be a lot less files to deal with, thus, being a lot easier and quicker to read. I don't want this to be a big investment, so if I could go and buy a fast 80GB HDD from a reliable brand name for $20-30, rather than a lower quality brand name SSD for a comparable price. I'm just wondering which would be a better cost-benefit... in terms of both quality and speed. I'm not looking for something lightning fast; just faster than what I already have.
 
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the smaller ssds have gotten so cheap, buy a decent brand name. the difference in a boot drive is night and day, in todays world no reason not to have one. i wouldn't buy the cheapest one you can find, find one with reliable reviews. personally i would go for the 120g samsun evo. i recently saw it on newegg for 89$.
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Smaller drives are usually older technology drives... and may not be as fast as a newer tech larger drive.

I haven't seen an 80gb hdd in a long time. Doubt very much you will find one that size / old that is SATA III compatible.

You can pick up a refurb 60gb or so SSD for $30-$50 or so... check Newegg. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233457 $44


Lots of benchmark charts here : http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/hard-drives-and-ssds,3.html

Like this one : http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/hdd-charts-2013/-01-Read-Throughput-Average-h2benchw-3.16,2901.html

Do some research and comparisons...
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Smaller drives are usually older technology drives... and may not be as fast as a newer tech larger drive.

I haven't seen an 80gb hdd in a long time. Doubt very much you will find one that size / old that is SATA III compatible.

Lots of benchmark charts here...

Do some research and comparisons...

Good point. You're right about smaller HDDs. They typically aren't the newest technology, which pretty much makes up my mind for getting a SSD over a cheap HDD..

And do you know of a way to test my current hard drive speed to compare it to those benchmarks?
 
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A smaller HDD will not be faster then a faster HDD. You really want a SSD for OS.
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Good point. You're right about smaller HDDs. They typically aren't the newest technology, which pretty much makes up my mind for getting a SSD over a cheap HDD..

And do you know of a way to test my current hard drive speed to compare it to those benchmarks?

there are several good tools... HDTune, IOMeter, etc...

and teh one that Tom's uses for those charts... http://4sysops.com/archives/free-h2bench-benchmark-hard-disks/
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