I had the game installed on my HHD for a long time and sometimes it would take a very long time to load shards & worlds (self-hosted worlds, would lose about 1-4 minutes aka 2 - 8 segements of gameplay).
Someone then told ilme it only took them about 15 seconds since they had it on their SSD; I did the same for about two weeks now, and I no longer face long loading times.
Is this just a hardware difference at this point?
Compare load times speeds for DST for SSD vs. HHD. Notice SSD has significantly faster loading times. Can this be improved for HHDs?