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How large are these files?
Just out of curiosity, to anyone who cares to answer, do browsers download directly to the drives, or do they download to RAM first, from which the files are then transferred to the drives? If it's the latter, what difference does it make, at least for those files that are small enough to fit in the available RAM?
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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?

 

I didn't read through the thread, and I apologize for that, but I wanted to just give my reply: download them to wherever you want. I mean, unless you are downloading several gigabytes every single day for years, you won't hurt your solid state drive at all.

 

 

(lol and now of course I can't resist reading the other replies... sheesh lol)

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Both Firefox (and its forks like PaleMoon) and Chrome support loading to RAM directly rather than SSD, but disk cache is enabled by default. You can also disable offline disk cache entirely (note: this is not the same as "don't remember my history" option).

Firefox/Waterfox/PaleMoon etc: http://lifehacker.com/5687850/speed-up-firefox-by-moving-your-cache-to-ram-no-ram-disk-required
Chrome: All articles I'm searching state RAMdisk but I know for a fact it can be cached to RAM directly as Firefox et al.

This may help but in my experience my SSD reports 200K+ gB read/write access, under a year even with optimizations. I don't think you're going to accomplish much with trying to "overprovision" as any modern SSD is designed to R/W on all blocks, and Windows especially will find ways to utilize it with or without user optimization. A good SSD should last you a few years light usage, even heavy should be good.
The only reason you want to save yourself the offline writes in /temp storage is to further useable disk space if you have a lesser capacity drive. Offline site data shouldn't even be a thing anyway IMHO, as most webpages do active refreshing every time you load up a site (not the same as in the old days of plain text and graphics which weren't constantly updating).
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Whoever claims SSD lifespan is a possible issue for any normal reason couldn't be more wrong.

Your SSD won't die under normal use for a normal person, or even for a heavy user.

http://betanews.com/2014/12/05/modern-ssds-can-last-a-lifetime/

 

This. Thank you.

 

As I was really trying to say, solid state drives are meant to be used!!! I am getting a little bit sick and tired of this fear that most people seem to have of actually USING their solid state drives! Just use it and don't worry about it. You're not going to hurt it. If you're still afraid and you just can't get past your fear, then sell your solid state drive to someone who will actually put it to good use and just stick to mechanical drives.

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post #25 of 28

I second what @TwoCables said, don't worry about using your SSD. I use my 850 EVO for just about everything. It's been through multiple formats and so many OS reloads that I've lost count. Based upon the SMART values this SSD will more than likely still be working 8 years from now. It'll outlive my current desktop build three times over.

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This. Thank you.

As I was really trying to say, solid state drives are meant to be used!!! I am getting a little bit sick and tired of this fear that most people seem to have of actually USING their solid state drives! Just use it and don't worry about it. You're not going to hurt it. If you're still afraid and you just can't get past your fear, then sell your solid state drive to someone who will actually put it to good use and just stick to mechanical drives.

Yeeeeeerp!

Only reason I own a 4tb mechanical drive is because I don't own 4tb of combined SSDs. Otherwise, I'd ditch the medium all together.
post #27 of 28
Download to HD, you likely will not saturate the SATA bandwidth, and you won't use up read/write cycles (although as others say, unless you're regularly moving gigabytes daily it's not a huge issue.)
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Download to HD, you likely will not saturate the SATA bandwidth, and you won't use up read/write cycles (although as others say, unless you're regularly moving gigabytes daily it's not a huge issue.)

Moving 500+ Gigabytes per day you mean? Even then it would be 10 years or more before your SSD runs out of breath.
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