[xubuntu-users] Hard drives and backup - Was: Am I the only one who still uses floppies?

Ralf Mardorf ralf.mardorf at rocketmail.com
Thu Jul 30 11:02:20 UTC 2015


On Thu, 30 Jul 2015 12:45:53 +0200, Antoine Pitrou wrote:
>On Thu, 30 Jul 2015 06:31:16 -0400
>JMZ <florentior at gmail.com> wrote:
>> 
>> I respect Ralf's concern about the environment.  Maybe if every
>> linux user switched to gvfs there would be a qualitative and
>> quantitative environmental change.  Soon I'll be replacing a drive
>> with a WD gvfs compliant drive, so maybe I can experiment there.

We need to stay away from gvfs ;), since it wakes up green drives.

>Those concerns may be obsolete once you switch to SSDs. SSDs are still
>not as cheap as HDDs, but they are so much of an improvement in user
>experience (thanks to dramatically faster random I/O) that upgrading to
>a SSD is really a no-brainer if you have some money to spend on it.
>
>(this is especially true if you sometimes need to run a guest OS -
>e.g. Windows - in a VM...)

I don't own a SSD, but guest OS in a VM indeed sometimes are a PITA, but
I don't now if it's related to HDD usage. Are SSDs ok as backup media?




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