As the arrival date of my RPi is (hopefully) approaching I am weighing my options on what storage to use.
- The standard SD route. I picked up a sandisk extreme class 10 card (32 gb). This unit is rated at 45 Mbps, however it appears to need the latest firmware to work (like many class 10 cards). With the RPi being unable to use the low voltage with these cards I do not see it hitting that 45 Mbps.
- An old USB HD I have lying around. This is Freecom 27030. Specs:
Supposedly it's 60 Mbps.
My planned use will be some general purpose computing, torrent server, media center and some programming in vim. I'll most likely run Arch as that is what my laptop and desktop run.
My thoughts so far:
The HD obviously has more storage.
The HD is pretty big, so it'll make the RPi less mobile. This is not a huge issue for me.
Then there's the speed. Will this aging hard drive be much faster then the SD card in real use? Taking into account that it'll also use Ethernet and wireless keyboard + mouse over USB.
I would appreciate any (hopefully educated) guesses