Duncan wrote:I don't trust any kind of disc, as I've seen two peole lose lots of important data when the disc went down, and both were conventional HDDs. Even forensic recovery didn't work on those two.
A mechanical impact may cause the write/read heads of the HDD to crash onto the fast spinning surface of the magnetic disk (at least 5400 RPM). This results in material scraped off and the final loss of the data stored at that part. Then these particles will get in between the head and the disk again, causing more surface area to be destroyed beyond recovery. It's like an avalanche. Then even the very best specialist won't be able to recover the data. So in such a case the best thing to do, if one really
needs to recover the data, is switching off the computer immediately and to call in the specialists.
Duncan wrote:Either 128 or 256 gig, not quite sure yet.
A 128 GB SSD should be sufficient, as long as you will use less than 100 GB.
Keep in mind that the formatted capacity of any disk isn't what it's labeled for. The manufactures are using the decimal system, 128 GB equaling 128,000,000,000 bytes instead of the 137,438,953,472 bytes a computer calculates them.
And secondly, a SSD works at its best when not used to the full extend. As a rule of thumb I'd suggest to leave about 5 to 10% unpartitioned.