Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 27th Sep 2012 19:36 UTC
Apple I bought a brand new iMac on Tuesday. I'm pretty sure this will come as a surprise to some, so I figured I might as well offer some background information about this choice - maybe it'll help other people who are also pondering what to buy as their next computer.
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UltraZelda64
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2006-12-05

The only time the thrashing gets noticeable on my machines has always been when the system is swapping--especially when the swapping gets out of hand. In this case, having to swap is a bad thing in general, and the fix (although it will come at a cost) is more memory. That swapping-related thrashing doesn't cause a definite and drastic decrease in the the hard drive's life, but if it were to happen on a purely SSD-based machine, it would. Hard drives really are built to handle some pretty heavy-duty work; I've put many of mine through hell over the years especially in terms of swapping, and they never failed to impress me at how long they last before breaking.

I tend to usually have a system drive and a secondary drive for /home though, so thrashing for me tends to be minimal unless the system is swapping. Years ago I put the swap partition on the /home drive, thinking that would minimize hard drive usage and therefore thrashing, but later I found that I was wrong and that putting the swap space on the same drive as the system partition gave better results.

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