Best hdd for leap?

Good day

i have been testing the opensuse leap install on a spare drive I had around the home but the lil hp gen10 micro server box is all totally new so I want to put a new 2.5 inch for the system along this emby and so I was wondering in there a preferred 2,5 inch hdd for opensuse to be installed to?

Any would work. Performance depending on the hardware and firmware on the device. If huge amounts of space are not required, I’d suggest SSD over HDD.

EDIT: Or a small SSD for the OS and a HDD for storage. That’s how my server is built ( only multiple HDD’s )

When purchasing a new HDD (not talking about SSD here),

A number of years ago the following company which manages colos published their own usage and reliability statistics.
Because no one had ever done that before (Statistics based on a very large number of drives running real world loads), this became an instant hit and so the company has published annual stats ever since.

Although AFAIK the stats are only 3.5" drives and you often can’t draw direct lines of comparison and similarity with 2.5" drives, you can still get a rough feel for various manufacturer’s willingness to advance technology and attention to detail.


I have had good luck installing 15.1 on USB drives - I was surprised that most 32gb USB 2 flash drives were as fast as 128gb HDD.

USB 3 drives are good enough to run 15.1 in on older laptops. I have done that on old Dell D630, D830’s that have 64bit CPU’s. You can put a fast (T9300) cpu in any of them for $15.00 and $2.00 of thermal grease. I remember when the T9300 came out and was $395 for about 10% prominent over the Celeron that came in the base models.

Hi there

sorry for the late reply

what I did was I bought a hp gen10 microserver and used a spare 2.5 inch hdd as a test to see what I want to install and see how everything goes. Now that I have an idea on what I want to use and install I want to make it more permanent solution as the drive I used is ticking a making noises lol so I thought perhaps a ssd. Basically I want the server to be a file media server for local network so basically I will only be installing opensuse and emby and will have 3 or 4 normal hdds for the media file storage.

I am am having to choose between the crucial add mx500 or bx500 but Iam not sure on what size I should go for I mean I don’t want to buy and then it not big enough but it basically comes down to price vs size

For some reason though although the bx is newer the mx

the bx500 120gig is the cheapest
then bx500 240gig
then mx500 250gig
then bx500 480gig
then mx500 500gig

I’ve 5 crucial drives spread across 3 machines. Very satisfied with them and would have no hesitation in recommending them :slight_smile:

As for capacity, go for the largest within your budget. (If you buy too small … 2 x 250 is considerably more expensive than 1 x 500)

Woop woop sooooo I bought a 500gig yayyyyyyyyyyy busy installing now

woop woop installed leap kde plasma yayyyy this drive is soooooooooo responsive lol

I am keeping a Leap 15.1 live system on a pen drive up to date:

erlangen:~ # smartctl -x /dev/sdc
smartctl 7.0 2019-05-21 r4917 [x86_64-linux-5.2.11-1-default] (SUSE RPM)
Copyright (C) 2002-18, Bruce Allen, Christian Franke,

Model Family:     SanDisk based SSDs
Device Model:     SanDisk SSD U100 64GB
Serial Number:    044fafae1
LU WWN Device Id: 5 001b44 0fa44e1fa
Firmware Version: KM.10.00
User Capacity:    64,023,257,088 bytes [64.0 GB]
Sector Size:      512 bytes logical/physical
Rotation Rate:    Solid State Device
Form Factor:      1.8 inches
Device is:        In smartctl database [for details use: -P show]
ATA Version is:   ACS-2 T13/2015-D revision 3
SATA Version is:  SATA 3.0, 6.0 Gb/s (current: 3.0 Gb/s)
Local Time is:    Sat Sep  7 07:53:58 2019 CEST
SMART support is: Available - device has SMART capability.
SMART support is: Enabled
erlangen:~ # hdparm -tT /dev/sdc

 Timing cached reads:   37142 MB in  1.99 seconds = 18694.66 MB/sec
 Timing buffered disk reads: 642 MB in  3.01 seconds = 213.47 MB/sec
erlangen:~ # 

With plenty of physical RAM disk data are cached and I get excellent performance.

Since the system comes with PCIe 3.0 slots, then if going the SSD route, get a NVME (M key) and low profile adapter to pop in the X4 slot…


By the looks if you buy the system without disks, then you might need to see if it needs a HP disk caddy for drives, these would need to be added if supplying own disk(s).