Recently my hard drive, with a dual-boot of Windows 10 and Ubuntu 15.10, crashed on me. I could boot into Ubuntu, not Windows, and I saw in GParted that Windows 10 was practically gone.
I managed to reinstall Windows 10 from a repair USB, I had created earlier, but had to wipe out the entire disk, both systems and all data, as a consequence. Luckily I had backed up all data - I believe.
These troubles led me to finally pulling the trigger on an SSD. Now the old disk is working fine with the restored Windows 10, so I know I can simply clone it to the SSD.
The question is, if a clean install of Windows 10 would be a better option for me. I will probably mostly use the HDD as a data drive, but I would like to be able to keep it as an extra Windows disk, just as a Windows 10 system backup
I will restore the ( >= ) dual-boot, with Ubuntu, and possibly other distros I want to test out. As the need for speed is practically non-existent for my Linux setup(s), I want to use the SSD only for Windows. Actually I only need the greater speed for a few applications.
So it would be good to be able to have the extra Windows on the hard disk - mostly thinking about saving the SSD from wear and tear.
If I am thinking this out in a wrong way, please tell me how. Opinions on the endurance of SSDs seem to vary. Some say most SSDs today will outlive the other parts of the system they reside in, even with a huge load of read and write, all the day long.
Others say the number of read/write cycles are limited, and the number of "dead" areas on the SSD will increase with time, affecting the speed and lifetime of the drive.
So how should I go about in this?