Hard drive selection?



  • I've got the following items picked out for my build:

    SuperMicro A1SRI-2558f
    4GB Kingston DDR3 1600 ECC RAM
    Mini-box mini-itx case
    PicoPSU-90 with 60w adapter power kit

    I'm just unsure of what hard drive I should get.  This is for a home network so I don't need to keep logs on much of anything.  I've seen some people go with CF cards and some go with standard hard drives.

    What are the reasons for going with one of the other?



  • I think a nice 64GB SSD is cheap enough, durable enough, fast enough and will perform quite well when you decide to experiment with packages that use squid.

    HDD is my second choice.

    CF card is my last choice, but it will be the first choice of many people.  Depends on your needs.



  • @kejianshi:

    I think a nice 64GB SSD is cheap enough, durable enough, fast enough and will perform quite well when you decide to experiment with packages that use squid.

    HDD is my second choice.

    CF card is my last choice, but it will be the first choice of many people.  Depends on your needs.

    Why do so many people go with CF?  Is the embedded install superior in some way?

    My needs are mainly 75-150Mbps site-to-site VPN, routing and intrusion protection.



  • That board need ECC RAM. The RAM you have selected is non-ECC. That will not work.



  • @antillie:

    That board need ECC RAM. The RAM you have selected is non-ECC. That will not work.

    Sorry posted the link to the RAM I used for my storage server by mistake.  Fixed the link.



  • I think people go with CF cards because they are cheap, easy to replace, have no moving parts, use very little power, make very little heat, and are reasonably fast. However they offer very little space compared to a traditional HD.

    I think some of the CF love is also a hold over from before small SSD drives were common, reliable, and rather cheap as an SSD offers pretty much the same advantages as a CF card with more storage space. But they get very pricey if you want the amount of space a traditional HD can provide.



  • @antillie:

    I think people go with CF cards because they are cheap, easy to replace, have no moving parts, use very little power, make very little heat, and are reasonably fast. However they offer very little space compared to a traditional HD.

    I think some of the CF love is also a hold over from before small SSD drives were common, reliable, and rather cheap as an SSD offers pretty much the same advantages as a CF card with more storage space. But they get very pricey if you want the amount of space a traditional HD can provide.

    Ahh, I see.  Well in that case I'll probably just go with a 60-64GB SSD since I can't see myself ever needing more space than that considering I won't be keeping any logs.

    I don't need an enterprise grade SSD for home use right?



  • I don't see why you would.



  • My pfSense is on an SSD serving a small home network, doesn't seem to be doing all that much writing to it so I'm not worried about wearing it out. If you used some of the packages that do a lot of writing you might want to go to a 120 GB SSD so you get more wear-leveling space.


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