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    By how much should I upgrade my SSD-256 GB or 512 GB?

    by shivajikobardan ·

    Usage of my laptop-:
    I have old laptop 4-5 years old. I am from Nepal and here we don’t have money to buy laptop every 5 years…And I am student from middle class family so currently buying laptop isn’t affordable to me.

    Here are details of my laptop

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    How I will use my laptop-:

    1) I use it for learning. I open ~30 tabs at once in google chrome. That’s why I have decided to go with 8 GB RAM.

    2) I use it for learning programmig, specially my plan is web development or app development.

    3) I will use this laptop till I get a job which will clearly take me 3-4 years to get a job as I am going to graduate after few months.

    upgrading SSD and RAM-:
    I have decided to take 256 GB ssd and 8 GB RAM. but what I am sceptical about is that should I get 256 GB SSD or 512 GB SSD. I want to buy 512 GB SSD only if it is very necessary, else I don’t want to spend money on it. It should be worth the investment. I mean in the sense it should last long enough. The reason I am confused is that my hard disk might fail anytime. So IDK what to do, I am very confused…Please guide me.

    The cost of 512 GB SSD is Rs. 8500 here in Nepal. Whereas the cost of 256 GB SSD is 3500 in Nepal. The cost of 8 GB RAM is Rs.5600. The reason I am trying to add RAM is simply because I open lots of tabs and during that time my memory usage is above 90%..

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      Re: SSD and RAM

      by kees_b ·

      In reply to By how much should I upgrade my SSD-256 GB or 512 GB?

      You should buy an SSD that’s large enough to store everything you want to store during the time you want to use that laptop and prefer not to store elsewhere (like in the cloud or on an external disk or USB stick). And please although think about the storage space for the backup of your precious data on some other device.

      More RAM make certain operations faster (although virtual memory on an SSD might be fast enough for your normal operations. Not having enough storage is rather fatal. So when in doubt about the storage I would advice to buy the 512 and hope you’ll be able to add 8GB RAM when it’s really necessary. You might be able to make some money for that doing some web or app development during your study already.

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