My PC currently has almost 1TB of storage between 3 fast SSD drives. I’m really pleased with my 500GB NVMe stick, which holds the OS and a few games. It’s stupidly, unbelievably fast.
On top of that, my PC’s also got a couple of older, slower hard drives (HDDs) which between them provide a further 3TB of (slow) storage.
Those hard drives annoy me. They are noisy and they introduce multi-second delays when they power up just so I can access a single file stored on them.
Sure, I could configure my PC not to put my hard drives to sleep, but I’d rather be power efficient where I can.
And it dawned on me the other day – how about I just get rid of those hard drives?
The reason I still have those drives running in my PC is because my Steam gaming library is almost 1,000 titles strong and I used to store a fair number of those on my computer.
But I hardly play games any more, certainly no more than 1 or 2 titles at any given time.
And for a few months now we’ve had 80Mb fibre downloads, which are about 16 times faster than our old snail-pace ADSL. In other words, downloading a game now takes almost no time at all. So I can simply download games from Steam if/when I want to play them.
Decision made: I’m clearing all the data off those HDDs right now. It’s either getting moved onto the SSDs or I’m just deleting stuff I can easily download again.
Soon my PC will be leaner, meaner, quicker and more energy-efficient. And I might earn a few pennies selling the HDDs on eBay.
Maybe I’ll use the savings from our electricity bill to buy myself a cupcake and have a mini-celebration.
I’ve even been wondering if I need such a powerful graphics card any more. If I’m hardly playing games these days, could I make do with a cheaper model? Probably.
I’ll have to see what my 1070 Ti is worth on eBay. I wonder if I could survive just with on-board Intel graphics? Hmm…
Or maybe that’s just one step of efficiency too far. Not sure I could live with potato graphics.
Now please excuse me, I have some military-grade hard drive wiping software to run.