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fnord76
Elder God
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join:2002-05-14
Troy, IL
kudos:2

SSD Questions

So I believe my HDD is starting to have trouble so I was thinking about upgrading to a SSD. I currently have a 160GB HDD and have barely enough room for my stuff. I was thinking about the SSD to improve performance, but had heard that the SSDs have trouble with overheating with drives bigger that 100GB. I had heard of people using the SSD just for the OS and using another HDD for the rest. What are your guys thoughts about SSDs?



Krisnatharok
Caveat Emptor
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join:2009-02-11
Earth Orbit
kudos:12

Never heard that rumor. There is nothing fundamentally wrong with SSDs over 100 GB.

They do, however, perform faster the more free space is on them, so don't buy a 120GB drive if you have 110 GB of files. Try to keep 20-40% free for fastest performance.
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If we lose this freedom of ours, history will record with the greatest astonishment, those who had the most to lose, did the least to prevent its happening.



Gordo74
Premium
join:2003-10-28
Monroeville, PA
reply to fnord76

I have never heard about overheating and I am a giant advocate of SSDs. I would buy a 240-256GB SSD for around $150 and be done with it.



DKS
Damn Kidney Stones
Premium,ExMod 2002
join:2001-03-22
Owen Sound, ON
kudos:2
reply to fnord76

Love 'em. Follow the instructions (never use defrag; install as boot device) and they work wonders. Two things I have learned, though. Buy the largest SSD you can afford (NAND prices are dropping well below the $1/GB range) and buy the best quality you can afford. I've had a bad experience with OCZ and nothing but good experiences with Intel (current machine has two Intel SSD's).
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Need-based health care not greed-based health care.



Krisnatharok
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Earth Orbit
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Yeah, experiences with quality and DOA can be hit or miss. By many narratives, I should have experienced a failure--I have been using a Vertex 2 (one of the older OCZs) in my desktop for 19 months, and an ADATA in my laptop for the past 8 months, zero problems with either of them.

I would not be against a Vertex 4 for a new SSD, although I might stay away from the Agilities, because in at least the 3 series they used pretty much any hardware they could get their hands on.
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If we lose this freedom of ours, history will record with the greatest astonishment, those who had the most to lose, did the least to prevent its happening.



McBrain
BRB Face Melting

join:2010-05-06
Kalimdor
kudos:2
reply to fnord76

It's not unheard of to find new tech SSDs in the $.65/GB range.

I saw a 240GB SanDisk ExtremeSSD the other day for $155...you can't beat a deal like that.

Kris is right, if you've got 110GB of files, don't get a 120GB drive. Unless you want to get it just to boot your OS from (Win7 x64 is ~25GB).
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Octavean
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join:2001-03-31
New York, NY
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Lowest I have seen was a 240GB SanDisk SSD for $119.99.



McBrain
BRB Face Melting

join:2010-05-06
Kalimdor
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You can't beat that with a stick.

$.50/gb is insane. And, if it was the ExtremeSSD model, it's gotten rave reviews from everyone. I would have rather gotten one of those at that price than my Samsung 830 128GB for $109.



fnord76
Elder God
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join:2002-05-14
Troy, IL
kudos:2
reply to fnord76

Sweet, thanks for the info. I'll see if I can catch a deal at Christmas time.