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Which HDD for VFX/SFX?

Hi, im an editor, and I don't have any money to buy a hard drive for my pc, but I have a few in hand and was wondering what should I do.
My PC is pretty good, core i7 16gb memory and a brand new 120gb SSD main disk for windows and editing apps, also a 512gb 7200rpm HDD for games and other software.
I have the option to add a very slow and ****** 1tb 5400rpm HDD or a 256gb 7200rpm HDD. So basically one is small and fast and the other is huge and slow.
I wont install any apps in any of those 2 disks, I'll just dump movies and useful things that ill take later to use in editing, so my question is, will the slow 1tb disk ruin my pc or is it okay to use it? Should i just go for the 256gb one?

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Go for the 1TB

You can't type faster than the drive can be written to each minute, that's for sure. I was using a saved 5400rpm laptop drive till recently and speed was not an issue other than during boot times, which since I also use a fast OS like Mint Linux and just put my desktop into Suspend all the time, I only boot it about 3-4 times per year. I do know windows users have to boot almost every day for forced updates though. It doesn't sound however like this 5400 drive will be a boot drive. Here's how long I often go between boots though. I can update everything, also add/remove programs without a reboot ever. Only if I upgrade the kernel is a reboot needed, and my choice on when to do so.

Sounds like storage is more valuable for you than some mostly inconsequential speed difference after the computer is already booted up.

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Hdd

Start with the smaller disk and watch the storage space.
If your running out of space then learn how to toss or swap to the bigger disk.

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