Thinking about expanding storage space. Specifically, dedicating a single drive to my PC’s game library.
Currently, I’ve got 1 TB (Seagate BarraCuda 1 TB HDD) of space to ration between my
PP memes picture, music, and game libraries, with the game library hogging up most of that space. (Yes, I would’ve gone 2 TB if I could go back in time and bonk myself on the head. That’s not the point of this thread, tho.)
4 TB seems adequate enough – I currently have 45-ish games across Steam, Origin, and Ubisoft Connect, most are 20 - 50 GB, but some oddballs like MONSTER HUNTER: WORLD can get up to 100 GB. I’m anticipating more
poor decision-making game purchases in the future, so don’t worry about whether 4 TB is “too much.”
Looking for 4 TB storage recommendations for gaming.
Slightly Tangential Context
Previously had an issue (BSOD trauma, then wasn’t detected in BIOS) with my M.2 NVMe drive, very likely down to my own fault. I suspect I damaged it when I was physically handling the drive during repeated installation + removal, though there weren’t any visible marks/defects, and I was very sure not to apply any blunt-force trauma to it (e.g. dropping it). Got it replaced at no cost (thank you, Micro Center warranty period ), but now I’m a bit wary of getting another M.2 NVMe drive, for fear of my hands derping the drive up again.
Note: I don’t know jack about storage and hadn’t done a ton of research.
Too busy fawning over keebs.
- I also don’t quite understand read/write numbers + the differences between MLC, TLC, and QLC in layman’s terms, or how they relate to running games.
- Not considering SSHDs 'cos I heard they’re either unreliable (if either the SSD part or HDD part fails, the entire drive ded), or their speeds are only marginally better than HDDs. General consensus is that the cost-benefit is not worth it, especially since there are other more reliable and/or faster options.
- 4 TB M.2 NVMe drives are hells-expensive. I’m not that big-baller.
- Samsung 870 EVO 4 TB SATA SSD: Uh… MLC, and “MLC is good”…? Haven’t looked too closely at read/write numbers, but I’m led to believe they’re fast and more than adequate for gaming. I’m aware it’s $480-ish, but if it turns out to be a solid one-time purchase, that’s perfectly fine by me.
- Seagate BarraCuda 4 TB HDD (ST4000DMZ04): Cheaper option at $90, but heard that it’s not recommended for games because loading times are slow, especially as the drive fills up. Also, BackBlaze’s Hard Drive Stats for Q1 2021 suggests that Seagate’s other 4 TB HDD model (ST4000DM000) has higher failure rates compared to other HDDs, tho I’m not sure whether it applies to the BarraCuda?
- Seagate BarraCuda Pro 4 TB HDD (ST4000DM006): Out-of-stock (or not in production?), I think it’s in the $150 - $200 range. Random Boogle site claims it’s faster than the non-Pro Barracuda 4 TB and alright for running games off of. Ditto above for concerns and uncertainty over the Seagate 4 TB HDD’s higher failure rates.
- Inland Platinum 4TB NVMe SSD: Price of this drive at my Micro Center is currently slightly discounted and on par with the Samsung 870 Evo 4 TB. Seems to be a QLC drive, tho, and all I know about that is “QLC is bad.” Being Micro Center’s brand is an attractive part, tho – if it fails, all I gotta do is drive over to my local store and I get a replacement within the next 2 hours. I doubt the turnaround for Samsung or whatever manufacturer will be as fast or painless.
- Samsung 870 QVO 4TB SATA SSD: About $80 cheaper than the 870 EVO, but QLC.
- Samsung 860 EVO 4TB SATA SSD: More expensive than the 870 EVO, somehow.
- Samsung 870 EVO 4 TB SATA SSD
- Samsung 870 QVO 4TB SATA SSD
- Seagate BarraCuda 4 TB HDD
- Seagate BarraCuda Pro 4 TB HDD
- Inland Platinum 4TB NVMe SSD
- Other (Comment Below?)
Other Random Question(s)
- I think I saw some Interweb complaint about the Samsung 870 EVO not showing up in Windows without installing Samsung Magician. Must users install Samsung Magician, or will Disk Management work?
Pls n’ TY!
No, I haven’t bought those Noctua fans yet. Gib Fathers’ Day discount, pls.