For many years the hard drive was the typical bottleneck of any well-endowed computer. The first response to any complaint about a slow computer was "add memory" after which came the answer "sorry, the hard drive is slowing your down and unless you want to buy SCSI, your stuck." And then came the SSD drive and it freed us from the bottleneck, sort of... And then came the NVMe M.2, with a prosumer price, the speed are still unbelievable!
My first SSD was a 128GB Vertex 3 by OCZ. It was awesome and my favorite part was the sticker that came with it, "My SSD is faster than your HDD!" At the time the Vertex was faster than just about any SSD as well, but that didn't last long. That was a short 5 years ago (2011), and about 5 SSDs ago. I had several Vertex drives and then settled into the Samsung line. At work I used lots of Samsungs and they were all of the sudden everywhere.
Size Does Matter
When I first tried SSD, I was convinced I could just put the OS and applications on the system drive and everything else on a second data drive. I filled up the 120GB and then ended up installing a lot of application on the D: tree (D:\Program Files(x86)\Whatever.com). As the prices came down over time, I moved up and then moved up again. My last SATA SSD was a 512GB Samsumg 850 and it has done well for me for the last 2 years.
The Evolution of Hard Drive Speed
For a fun little experiment, I decided to hook up a test environment with a pretty solid build and try a couple of different HDDs out for speed.
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