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  1. Hi! I want to get people's opinion on how to proceed. At the moment, I've only got a 512gb m.2 nvme drive in my PC, and I'm looking for something to store game installs on that will have more space but not be grindingly slow. Now, I've been weighing two options: A) 2 HDDs in a simple Windows 10 Storage Space - This option has the marked benefit of being *cheap as hell*. I can pick up 2 1gb barracudas for like $120 and have a 2tb space. Another upside to this plan is the simple/striped setup should make up for (some) of the speed disadvantage that comes with mechanical HDDs. But that's one of my main questions - does anyone here have experience with a configuration like this? Because if the speed improvement isn't really noticeable then it makes this plan considerably less appealing. or B) Just getting an SSD. The same $120 from Plan A would buy me a lower-end 256gb SSD at the moment, and that's so, so much less storage but it's obviously going to be much faster, but it almost feels wasteful compared to Plan A, especially considering I've already got the solid state boot drive taken care of and game installs are friggin huge. I know that option C would be "stop being poor" but that one isn't on the table, unfortunately. Anyway, if anyone has experience with mechanical drives in simple storage spaces, I'd welcome any insight you might have to share! Also, I just realized I can attach a poll to this as well, so I'm doing that since it's more low-effort than having to type out a response.
  2. Wanna Cry ramsomware

    Yeah, most consumer installs of Windows 10 will be fine since Microsoft has taken a much heavier-handed approach (that people were super mad about at the time/even now) to forcing patches. But if they didn't, this would have definitely been a way larger problem on people's personal computers because, given the option, users never update. While I agree with their new approach, I still think MS should have given people a clearer idea of what "active hours" are and prompted people to set theirs after install/first boot, and there would have likely been much less angst about the enforced-patching thing... I remember Linus' laptop restarting during the wan show a couple weeks back - somebody didn't set his active hours!
  3. Windows 10 Microsoft or not?

    Hi! I just went through the same experience when building my new PC. At the end of the day, I ended up going with a retail license of Windows 10. The one that comes on a USB stick. I did this because the sites with the super cheap keys tend to be shady (check reviews - a lot of them are things like volume licenses, etc, that can end up invalid down the road) And getting a retail license is your best bet since then it's not stuck to that specific PC (like an OEM copy is), and since it looks like Microsoft is going the Windows-as-a-service route and we're going to be on Windows 10 for a while, that's what I would recommend to get the most value for your money. Yeah, its a larger investment upfront, but then you know you're never going to be stuck without Windows.