Originally Posted by Mfusick
I do not even know where to begin ^
You really need a separate OS drive in a server, not for performance but for reliability reasons. You should never used your OS drive also as a data drive because with Flexraid and other software type raid set ups if you lose your OS drive you also lose data and can not recover.
Ageed, not that it has any bearing on this discussion at all.
If you are going to spend the $ you might as well buy a SSD drive for your OS. My server has a $49 OCZ 120GB Vertex3 in it. It's not a money thing, you can get SSD nearly as cheap as a HDD these days, so it's often worth the small extra costs. You already need a dedicated OS drive anyways from a reliability stand point (important in a server). Perhaps if you have a left over used HDD laying around collecting dust you might make a case for that, but in general if you are going to be buying a drive might as well make it an SSD
You're making another assumption. I used a drive I had on hand (new system pull) I didn't buy a new one specifically for the purpose of building my server. And there is a big difference between saying you need
an SSD and it makes sense to get
an SSD. There is also a big difference between saying it will
improve performance, and it will likely
You seem to have very little interest in what the intended use is, but a great deal of interest in telling folks how you think they should use it just like you. What works for you doesn't necessarily work for others.
I think you might be confusing a NAS with a server. It sounds like you use yours as a NAS.
I think you might be trying to invent a distinction that doesn't really exist. And the only real distinctions you can make between a file server and a NAS would almost certainly put my setup in the "File Server" category anyway.
Mediabrowser 3 and Plex both have server client applications that must install on your server. The cache of album art is much faster with an SSD, so the performance is much better. Installing or uninstalling anything is faster. Restarts are faster. Launching a program is faster. RDP sessions are much snappier and faster. If you don't care- that's cool. But not caring is different than saying it's not true.
I don't run either on my server, so I'm not quite sure why you continue to bring those up. No doubt, Plex and MB3 can benefit from an SSD. But not if they aren't used in my system. Not everyone uses the same programs you do. I don't understand why that is so hard for you to grasp.
HDD is better than SSD at nothing. Not one single thing. My saying an SSD improves everything is accurate, and certianly more accurate than saying :
Saying that just proved you have no clue what you are talking about. ^
You haven't named a single thing that an SSD would improve on my server. Not one single thing. You've listed a gazillion things that would make a difference on your system. Zero for my system. If it won't improve my system you are empirically WRONG in stating that an SSD improves everything. It simply doesn't. And an HDD is better than an SSD when I don't have to buy an SSD because I have an extra HDD sitting around.
Being ok with the performance of a HDD is different than saying there is no difference between SSD and HDD in a server (or PC). Be clear about what you are saying. Not caring or feeling you need an SSD is not the same thing as wrongfully saying I am wrong- or SSD is not better.
I've been very clear about what I'm saying. Let me leave no doubt this time... It isn't a matter of lowered standards. I'm not saying HDD performance is good enough so an SDD doesn't do me any good. I'm saying for my particular application, an SDD will not show any tangible benefit whatsoever. None. Zero. You've continued to bring up points that I've already addressed, but you've yet to address my point, that is: There is NOTHING on my server that will show any tangible benefit from an SSD.
You really think that was a great post ? He clearly said there is no difference with SSD to HDD which is very wrong. Surprised you agree with that or thing it's a "great post"
You clearly have a reading comprehension problem becasue I most certainly DIDN'T say that.
What I did say was that there would be no performance difference in my system, not that there isn't a difference. If you can't understand the distinction between the two, I don't think you're really qualified to weigh in on the discussion to be perfectly honest.
To reference the "why are posts down on AVS" thread, this
is the reason. Some posters don't bother to read what a poster is asking, and instead of looking at that person's particular situation and weighing in accordingly, they seem to think that gross generalizations based purely on anecdotal evidence are perfectly fine advice to give.