Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: Solid State Drive


11 Sep 2009   #1

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 
Solid State Drive

Hi,

I was wondering, with 400 Dolars to spend on HDs, which one do i choose?
I will never use more than 500 GB, which i think is too much.
And i wanted a fast drive, like an SSD.
But i heard that SSDs have a short-life, and they're speed are decreased according to its age.

So, what would be better?
Buy 4x 250 GB 7200 RPM HDs and make Raid 4

Or 1x 128 SSD and a 500 GB for storage

My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

12 Sep 2009   #2

 

Better that you should read these articles first:

http://www.sevenforums.com/news/6203...ink-again.html

A *really really really* good article about SSDs - very long and intensive.

Memory (DDR2|DDR3) and Storage (HDD|SSD)

Any review that Guru3D writes regarding SSDs the preface with a basic refresher about SSDs.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Sep 2009   #3

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AlexRD View Post
But i heard that SSDs have a short-life, and they're speed are decreased according to its age.
That IS a great article. It really makes you think.

That said, it's fun to have an SSD. If you have the $$ DO IT!!

Get a Patriot, they have a 10 year warranty. You can't really go wrong unless you think they may go out of business.

I love mine. I would go the SSD and maybe a 640 - 750GB for storage. I went with 2 640GB.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.


12 Sep 2009   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I would do the SSD and a storage drive if you want the best performance. The 2nd generation Intel X-25M's are very strong and the 80GB can be had for under $300.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Sep 2009   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

At the risk of some conceit, I encourage you to review this.

For $500, I would recommend 2x or even 4x smaller SSDs in a RAID formation and used for your OS. It will be outrageously fast.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Sep 2009   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Captain Zero View Post
For $500, I would recommend 2x or even 4x smaller SSDs in a RAID formation and used for your OS. It will be outrageously fast.
I think for most people, just a single SSD drive is going to be a significant improvement and outrageously fast. Plus, people seem to really have a need for large amounts of storage...so I don't think that the smaller SSD's in an array provide enough storage for most. I mean, $500 would get you 4 x 30GB OCZ drives...but in a RAID0 stripe that's only 120GB drive. When for under $100 you can easily pick up a 1TB storage drive where speed isn't near as important.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Sep 2009   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

^^ Agreed. Which is why I suggest it be used for the OS drive.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Sep 2009   #8

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Ok, so i read everything, like a book. 30 Pages of SSD and i am even more confused than i was before.

According to the review, i should buy the Intel x25m or the OCZ Vertex.
Now, which one do i choose?

I mean, have they fixed that problem?
How long does the SSD's life takes before it slows down?
1 month? 6 months? 1 week?

Would it fix the problem, if i would run CCleaner to erase the Free Spaces once a week?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Sep 2009   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

The new Intel X-25M Gen 2's have tested very well and Intel has dropped the prices. Should be around $300 for the 80GB drive. I'm really close to buying 1 myself just for the learning experience and the hands on experience versus just the reading and heresay that I deal with today.

As far as fixing the problem...what problem are you speaking of? If it's stuttering, that can still happen but with 128MB caches, it's less of an issue. If you are talking about the slower write speeds as blocks are used....it's always going to be an issue with SSD based on design...but with the TRIM functionality and so forth on Windows 7...it really isn't an issue to be concerned with

With regards to slowing down, it depends upon how fast you fill the drive. And keep in mind that SSD's do drive leveling which spreads all future writes out against all of the blocks on the drive...rather than using the same ones over and over. So, if you do a lot of writing, deleting and writing...it would possibly slow down more quickly. However, TRIM really addresses this issue.

I honestly don't think with the newer drives like the Intel or anything with the Indilinx controller that you have to really have to actively spend time maintaining these anymore.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Sep 2009   #10
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

For around $339, the Patriot Torqx 128 GB SSD, is not a bad one with 260 MB/s read and 180 MB/s write speeds.

Newegg.com - Patriot Torqx PFZ128GS25SSDR 2.5" 128GB SATA II Internal Solid state disk (SSD) - Solid State Disks
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 Solid State Drive




Thread Tools



Similar help and support threads for2: Solid State Drive
Thread Forum
Can't Find Solid State Drive (SSD) Hardware & Devices
solid state drive Hardware & Devices
Question about solid state drive!!!? Hardware & Devices
solid state drive lifespan Hardware & Devices
Which Solid State drive is best? Hardware & Devices
How to Switch to a Solid-State Drive Hardware & Devices
Installed 30G Solid State Drive / Win 7 RTM Hardware & Devices

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

© Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:33 AM.
Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App
  

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33