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Windows 7: Think you know SSDs? Think again.

27 Feb 2012   #71
Palindari

Windows 7 Home Premium 64/SP 1
 
 

Funny, I did quite a bit of research and almost as much financial soul searching to finally convince myself to go the SSD route.

After a year - and the expiration of my warranty - the Toshiba HDD in my Toshiba laptop was producing emanate peril warnings. I was getting noticeable pauses and boot speeds were granny gear slow. And then there was the noticeable click noise it would making every so often.

So I had to act.

I chose the Samsung 830 128gB drive (Newegg $199).

Took a while to condense a 510gB drive down to 110 (needed room for the system and back partitions), but I got it done and after 2 weeks still happier than I could ever imagine.

The speeds are everything I could have hoped for.

Still have the Toshiba drive. The Samsung comes with a cool USB/SATA cable for ghosting the new drive before install. Now the old drive is on that and still clicking away as an external storage device.

But after reading this article I'm a bit worried about the 10k write times a NAND flash hold up to before failure.

Most HDD life cycles are based on a spin hours. But these are based on write times.

Curious now to how long these will last before failure of pages occur. For I'm not in the mood to replace drives every year.


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28 Feb 2012   #72
fseal

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Though not all SSDs are the same, most of them have gone through enthusiest testing hat has them a hundreds and hundreds of gigs of wirting for months at a time before failing. Most of them are exceeding manufacturers "specs" buy severlal times over. In other words like 10-20 YEARS of normal use.

COurse some drives do fail, but some spinners fail too. Always backup/keep duplicate copies of all data.
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28 Feb 2012   #73
smarteyeball

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Hikeman View Post
Hello smarteyeball.
I am sorry to ask but what is VAI ? If you mean External Hard Drive "Enclosure" then yes I am planing to get with USB 3 support. My HDD is: TOSHIBA MK5055GSX 500GB 5400 RPM 8MB Cache 2.5" (hope it's compatible with USB 3 enclosure?!)
And according to my HDD model pleas tell me if it is ok to use it as external? Also you mentioned the USB is the weak point of external heard drives! I do have a eSATA port on my laptop, so maybe it's worth to get the HDD enclosure with eSATA support as well?
Thanks for your advice's ))
Have a nice day

Sorry for the delay mate.

It was a typo - It was meant to be VAIO

Yes, it will be compatible with a 2.5 external enclosure. Also USB 3.0 is backwards compatible with USB 2.0.

Unfortunately it looks like your Sony only supports USB 2.0, so a USB 3.0 enclosure would be wasted.

However eSata is indeed quicker than USB 2.0, so from a speed perspective it would be worthwhile investing in eSata, although it's only a 5,400rpm drive so I wouldn't expect exceptional speeds. (But it is a further reason to replace your HDD with a SDD for your OS and apps)

When you mention 'personal data', what exactly are you referring to? ie Files, Music, Pictures etc?
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28 Feb 2012   #74
Palindari

Windows 7 Home Premium 64/SP 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fseal View Post
Though not all SSDs are the same, most of them have gone through enthusiest testing hat has them a hundreds and hundreds of gigs of wirting for months at a time before failing. Most of them are exceeding manufacturers "specs" buy severlal times over. In other words like 10-20 YEARS of normal use.

COurse some drives do fail, but some spinners fail too. Always backup/keep duplicate copies of all data.
Well it doesn't take a rocket scientist to see that this is the way data storage/access needs to go - not only for speed, but for power consumption and reliability. Besides the most recent near failure - I've had HDDs fail catastrophically in the past and I think its all that highspeed spinning that wears them down over time.

So I'm in the SSD camp firmly and I'm hoping the Samsung 830 is a good choice. By my best guestimate by the end of the year the price for a solid performance SSD will drop to less than a $1 a gB maybe more - as more and more competitors get into the game. Like WD, Seagate and Hitachi.
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28 Feb 2012   #75
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709
 
 

Thanks fseal for your response. My Intel 510 supports Trim and is new so I will just leave it alone.
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28 Feb 2012   #76
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by slizz189 View Post
Thinking about a SSD...
If not this one, could someone suggest one?
Newegg.com - OCZ Vertex 3 VTX3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
One of the reasons I chose Intel 510 SSD is because of 5 year warranty.
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