Currently looking for a NVME U.2 SSD (or alternatives) with power loss protection

(A follow up from the previous thread, but things have changed a little.)

Hello all, I was wondering if I could get some advice on whether or not my storage plans for my graphic design rig made sense.

For some background, I specialise in typography, calligraphy, textures and creating print based products (stickers, prints, etc.). I don’t really do much video work if any, and I rarely work with RAW’s (Although if I start making more photo based textures that might become a thing). I use the Serif Affinity set of programs which unlike their Adobe counterparts do not use a scratch disk. I don’t have any plans to go with Adobe so this does not bother me and I don’t really use DaVinci enough to justify it. My current computer is a Lone L5 (it’s portable), with, an ASUS X570-I as the motherboard. It has two M.2 slots. The first slot has an ADATA XPG 8200 pro which serves as my boot drive and at the moment holds everything else. Besides that I can only get 7mm 2.5 drives to fit. I don’t have access to any more PCIE slots due to using a two slot GPU.

Now to get to the point, I’ve been looking into a larger capacity internal drive that I can use as a place to put relevant projects, assets and references. I’ve been trying to find a drive that is around 4TB and has power loss protection (PLP) due to the fact it will have active client work and my current products on it. I’ve been looking into U.2 drives due to the fact they have capacity, lower temperature, quite a few of them have PLP and to take advantage of that other M.2 slot via an adapter. One option I have been looking into is Micron’s 7300 models. There two that I’ve been considering. A 3.84TB Pro (read) model and a 3.2TB Max (write) model. They seem to have some level of PLP, but it seems to be for “In flight”, would that be enough?

Simple thing is, does this plan make sense.

Thanks for you time, I’m open for other ideas if anyone has any.

Just question, you are focusing on the lowest component (storage device)… have you made sure everything else on the line is prepared for this?

That is:

  • The OS (I guess Windows? - based on quick study of Serif Affinity and fact that this is a custom PC).
  • the OS settings for drives with critical data being constantly modified
  • the software that modifies the data (e.g. Serif Affinity)
  • and finally the disk volume format.

For example:

  • Not sure about ReFS, but old NTLM does not do copy-on-write (at least not the mundane data). Linux depending on the partition format and settings could have that.
  • OS settings for caching the writes (are obvious issue).
  • Sequence of writes that the application does, or “architecture” of binary data format it uses, could actually be counter productive or even completely nullify all other levels of protection.

The UPS might be much better protection than the PLP in drive. But I assume that probably is a portability issue for you.

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