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Discussion in 'Server Configuration and Hosting' started by zoldos, Aug 26, 2016.

  1. zoldos

    zoldos Well-Known Member

    I have the choice of SSD or HDD for my upcoming hosting change. Do I really need SSD? It cuts my available space in half so I'd like to use HDD instead. Will I notice any difference on a forum with no more than 7 or 8 members on-line at once (and NO bots or guests)?
  2. Mouth

    Mouth Well-Known Member

    If you don't need the additional space, then SSD. It will greatly reduce your disk i/o as a bottleneck.
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  3. whynot

    whynot Well-Known Member

    You won't notice significant difference.
  4. duderuud

    duderuud Active Member

    Just what @Mouth says, if you don't need the disk space (and not much additional costs), go for SSD. You may not need the extra speed but you can never have enough :)
  5. Anthony Parsons

    Anthony Parsons Well-Known Member

    What @Mouth said. SSD is the only viable option nowadays.
  6. fly

    fly Active Member

    Another vote for SSD. Spinning platters are gross.
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  7. zoldos

    zoldos Well-Known Member

    Okay thanks everyone! For just a bit more, I can get twice the space and RAM, and keep the SSD. Good stuff. :)
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  8. andy_mk3

    andy_mk3 Member

    My forum is on an SSD and it very snappy and generally nice to use :)
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  9. Divvens

    Divvens Well-Known Member

    We moved from HDD to SSD 2 and a half months back, the performance improvement was visible. Things function a lot more fluid and smoothly, cannot pinpoint anything in particular but we have certain days (2 days a week) where there is heavy traffic (3000+ guests constantly for over 15/16 hours) and a lot of members online (more than other days) who post and interact with content (like, report etc.) a lot. We got our server optimized by @MattW and it functions very well, but the move to a SSD plan made even greater difference for us (well, that and adding 2GB additional RAM...).

    But conclusion, SSD really does help :D
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  10. zoldos

    zoldos Well-Known Member

  11. Alex - A2Hosting

    Alex - A2Hosting Active Member

    Generally, I'd recommend an SSD as it can't hurt to have one. If budget is an issue, the best way to look at it would be: Do you actually need the extra space?

    Sure, having 20 GB space might sound more attractive than just 10 GB, but the average website is only a few hundred MB large. In this case, it makes sense to cut the extra HDD space and opt for an SSD. If this is reversed however, then opt for a HDD.
  12. zoldos

    zoldos Well-Known Member

    My site currently takes up about 53GB. But I have plenty left. :)
  13. Pierce

    Pierce Well-Known Member

    Considering 256gb ssd's in dedicated servers don't even change the price compared to say a 2tb physical.

    And considering that attachments is where space is required, you need to have double your space free.


    Backups because why.

    If your site needs 128gb storage you need at least 256gb to tar.gz it. I know there is cool tricks to move it off the server but for the normal people reading this, it's an important point.
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  14. Anthony Parsons

    Anthony Parsons Well-Known Member

    If ever in doubt, try https://haydenjames.io

    One of the best in the world for overall server optimization.
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  15. zoldos

    zoldos Well-Known Member

    I backup via FTP about once a week and the database every other day....
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  16. Pierce

    Pierce Well-Known Member

    I have a 12mbps connection and a 1mbps upload so it's not practical for my case.

    So I sftp server to server.

    But I also use a paid for backup service. If it fails I get phone calls/emails from them.
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  17. Da Bookie Mon

    Da Bookie Mon Well-Known Member

    We use 2 RAID10's on our servers. RAID Array one is SSD for OS and MySQL, array two is SATA3 which is dedicated to /home.
  18. Pierce

    Pierce Well-Known Member

    And when raid is not and never will be backup :)
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  19. Pierce

    Pierce Well-Known Member

    Actually how much ram do you have per server?
  20. Da Bookie Mon

    Da Bookie Mon Well-Known Member

    Agree 10000% we use R1Soft off site for backups.

    64GB - 128GB depending on the server model. We are slowly but surely phasing out our old hardware to support 128GB RAM in all our servers.
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