quite true, the only reason why anyone would use an SSD for storage is if it concerns portability and ruggedness.
so in general SSDs are sort of more reliable as a short-term storage.But still not cost efficient.
in this case a mechanical HDD would end up being battered to death.
Depends on how much you value a file and how much of them you need to save.
Whatever the case might be, I have a very limited amount of data that I actively use at a time. SSDs are fine fore me. I have a 3tb mechanical, however I only use it a a backup I keep on the shelf.
To give you an idea of why I
use large HDD's: Where I live the fastest internet that is available is 10/1 Mbit, which is terrible to say the least. What's more, there's a 200GB/mo bandwidth limit.
I use large HDD's to archive TV shows, movies, anime, porn, and to store video games (as many games take up 20-60GB all on their own they can add up in size pretty quick). I also redundantly store backups of my important files from C across most of my large HDD's in case there's ever a failure so that it won't be a total loss. Though, nowadays I redundantly backup the most
important stuff on both Dropbox and
Archiving stuff like this is more convenient for me for a few reasons: If my internet ever goes down, I'll have plenty of stuff to watch or do. If I ever want to watch or play something I have archived I can do it right away rather than having to wait at this snail speed to download it. Plus, if there's ever an apocalypse that somehow manages to destroy the internet... I'll be a lot better off.
edit: Also, my HDD space is pretty dire right now, to give you an idea:
...I definitely need a new one. But now I don't even know what I should get. I'm kind of considering getting an 8TB WD Red and then just taking it to a computer repair shop and having them do the firmware update, cause I really
can't be bothered to pull out all
my HDD's and then fuck around with my boot order in BIOS, and then the whole matter of making the bootable USB crap.... but god, they'd probably charge like $60 minimum... maybe even closer to $150. I don't even know that convenience is worth that much. It'd probably be cheaper to just buy a different brand that doesn't have problems. Unfortunately, the other brands I've looked at have some people complaining about them being too loud, and for one the suggested fix is a firmware update (FML).