Should You Run a Server on Desktop Hardware

Sun Dec 14 2014

0.1 Short Answer

The short answer is: yes, if it is not on an enterprise site.

0.2 Long Answer

I have hosted numerous servers on old desktop hardware, there is nothing wrong with this. Old computers can make excellent file, Minecraft, and web servers. However, if you are honestly asking the question “should you run a server on desktop hardware” it implies you are running something important. Don’t get me wrong, running a Minecraft server is very important, however, it is not as important as a production web server for a larger company. In that case it is better to have an actual server with redundant power supplies and hot swappable hard drives.



Hard Drive Speeds

Thu Aug 07 2014

Many people don’t realize that the slowest part of their computer is the hard drive. The read and write speeds of a hard drive affects the computer’s performance. The most affected processes are the boot time and time it takes to open an application.

HHD throttling
HHD throttling

0.1 Experiment

I decided to explore the speed differences between several types of hard drives. In all the trials I used a program called Parkdale for speed measurements. *Please note that these are just the hard drives I had lying around, there can be great variation of performances between different manufacturers.

0.2 5400 RPM Toshiba Laptop HHD

5200 hhd speed
5200 hhd speed

0.3 7200 RPM HHD

7200 hhd speed
7200 hhd speed

0.4 Samsung 840 EVO SSD

ssd speed
ssd speed

0.5 Kingston SSD

kingston ssd speed
kingston ssd speed

0.6 Conclusion