Best kind of hard drive for heavy use?

Ralf Mardorf ralf.mardorf at
Thu Sep 15 15:27:47 UTC 2016

On Thu, 15 Sep 2016 16:10:26 +0100, RW via freebsd-questions wrote:
>The important thing is that everything that can't (or shouldn't) be
>discarded has to fit into swap+ram. Most desktops/workstations have
>much more memory than they need, in which case you can safely allocate
>swap plus most of the ram to tmpfs, if you want to.

Ok, I didn't use FreeBSD since a while ago. On my Arch Linux, if the
tmpfs is full, swap isn't used, so compiling, resp. building a package
fails. However, since the OP worries about hard disk drives and
building a lot of software, even if the OP shouldn't have too much RAM,
buying new RAM usually isn't that expensive.


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