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I download large files often and was wondering would it be better to download them onto my Samsung 840 120GB SSD or WD 1TB HDD?
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Probally your HDD, SSD has a limited life span on the amount of data it can read/write, its somewhere in the hundreds of terrabytes but still a good idea not to waste your read/write life span.
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Better on SSD to speed up extraction/read. Your SSD will last years before its wear shows.
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I assume you wonder if you should download them on your SSD because you think it will speed up the download. In that case, no it won't, your internet connection will not even come close to saturating your hdd write speeds. Also you probably won't keep those large files into such a small ssd so you will waste time transferring back to the hdd.
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Onto HDD.

Your LAN port is gigabit = MAX 125 megabytes/second.

A normal HDD can handle about that 125/s speed.

But your INTERNET connection is probably not 1000 (gigabit) / second unless you got google fiber or something.

Use www.speedtest.net if you don't know your internet speed. Do a few test's to make an average speed.

I have fastest in Belgium and is only 200 / second (still 5 times slower than gigabit) and thus 5 times less data / second to the HDD (is about 25 megabyte per second to the HDD)



I guess you know 8 bit = 1 byte (1 Megabit is NOT 1 megabyte)
   
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download to whatever media is most convenient

I download directly to my ssd. it actually means checking the file hashes go FAST.


my 4 year old? intel ssd still says 99% life left and its had over 2 MILLION writes and reads to it. it was a boot drive, then a storage drive, then a downloading drive, and now does double duty as downloading and page file housing
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Better on SSD to speed up extraction/read. Your SSD will last years before its wear shows.

this is my vote...
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reading and writing on a ssd does not shorten it's life, deleting (erasing) files is what shortens their life (but will still last 10 years).
so when you download files to your ssd from online sources if the downloads create temp files that are deleted after the
download is complete this will shorten the life of your ssd, so if thats the case then I would download to an hdd.
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reading and writing on a ssd does not shorten it's life, deleting (erasing) files is what shortens their life (but will still last 10 years).
so when you download files to your ssd from online sources if the downloads create temp files that are deleted after the
download is complete this will shorten the life of your ssd, so if thats the case then I would download to an hdd.
True, but since the OP only has a 128 gig SSD and downloading "large files", these files will get deleted/moved often.
It will not make the download any faster, and while it may make the hash check quicker, we do not know what the OP is downloading, so there may not even be a need for a hash check.

I personally would and do download to a HDD on my desktop (128 gig SSD, 160 gig HDD). If it is something I will be keeping, then it is moved to my server. If I am downloading on my laptop, it is saved to my server directly since my laptop only has a 60 gig SSD.
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True, but since the OP only has a 128 gig SSD and downloading "large files", these files will get deleted/moved often.
It will not make the download any faster, and while it may make the hash check quicker, we do not know what the OP is downloading, so there may not even be a need for a hash check.

I personally would and do download to a HDD on my desktop (128 gig SSD, 160 gig HDD). If it is something I will be keeping, then it is moved to my server. If I am downloading on my laptop, it is saved to my server directly since my laptop only has a 60 gig SSD.

yep me too. I have a WD VelociRaptor 1tb hdd that I abuse for downloading, running games etc. my ssd's are only for: 1st ssd is for operating system, MS office, nvidia drivers etc. 2nd is for photo editing programs and other important programs, 3rd ssd is for camera software and more photo storage.
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