Personally, we would prefer having an SSD for Operating System and frequently used software, and a decent performance HDD to store large files which seems to be a more practical and cost effective approach compared to getting either a 1TB SSD or 6TB HDD that would cost pretty much the same and having the shortcomings of its own.
The Speed Demon – SSD
SSD is known to be shock-proof due to the absent of moving parts and its blazing fast sequential read and write speed that can reach up to 550 MB/s on SATA III and 5000MB/s on PCIe. Installing Operating System to an SSD seems to be the right thing to do now and some even install their frequently used software and games to it as well to reduce the loading time required.
The only shortcoming is that SSD has lower capacity compared to a HDD and it cost more as the capacity increases. Judging from the size of the file size of the game installation nowadays that can reach up to 30GB or more, most SSD that has a capacity of 120GB to 240GB will definitely not suffice for other storage purposes. While there are SSD with TLC and MLC NAND flash which cost lesser than an SLC NAND flash SSD, it will still cost more than any HDD that can deliver few times higher capacity than an SSD.
Still, that doesn’t means that the WD Black is the wonder drive that beats the crap out of other drive. We have done a review on the WD Black 6TB ourselves and when compared against the mainstream WD Blue, it shows minimal to no difference when it comes to normal usage like opening word file, excel file, web browsing and other light task.
Thoughts and Verdict