Replacement for 1TB HDD

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    lugonn Notebook Enthusiast

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    I've just bought a certified refurbished XPS 15 9570 and it has fitted a 128GB SSD in the M2 slot and a 1TB HDD 5200rpm.

    Being on a limited budget (circa £50-£60), would I be better changing the HDD to a faster HDD (WD Black), a SSHD (Seagate FireCuda) or a small (250GB) SSD?

    The other option would be to maybe leave the HDD alone and change the SSD to a 250GB one.

    The HDD is only used for data storage and Elder Scrolls Online (which is too big to go on the current SSD). The reason for the change would be to increase load times on the game.

    I think that the 8GB cache on the SSHD is possibly not enough to speed up load times for such a large game but I don't know for certain.
     
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    _sem_ Notebook Deity

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    Mind only 7mm thick drives fit. Some reported squeezing in a 9.5mm drive without the brackets.
    I don't know about your game. Surely the cache can't accelerate larger volumes of data.
     
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    lugonn Notebook Enthusiast

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    Given that the game is about 60gb I tend to agree.

    Technically I do have enough space to fit it on the 128gb ssd but I understand that the headroom needed for doing updates and the install push it over the space left.

    I’m leaning towards the WD Black option (or similar) but given I don’t have masses of data (at the minute) the smaller ssd may be a better fit at the expense of maybe having to change to something bigger down the road.

    This is why maybe changing the ssd for a larger one may be the way to go. Enough room for windows and one large game and leave the data drive untouched.

    Only thing about that is doing a fresh install of windows (not a massive chore) and getting all the drivers (a pita).
     
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