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Windows 7: SSDs are fast, but do they last?

07 Aug 2011   #51
essenbe

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider
 
 

I have 4 SSDs of differing brands. 2 of them I have owned for a year and have had no problems. I've RMA'd several mechanical hard drives, or threw them away. I don't see the problem. This is the computer world. Sure there are failures. The same can be said with motherboards, ram or any other components. Read this thread. The only ones who talk about doom and gloom for SSDs are those who don't have one. Most of us who have them and used them feel quite comfortable using them. If one of mine died, I'd have another in the mail the next day. Sure it is prudent to back up frequently, but I've done the exact same before I owned an SSD. Backing your data up is not wise whether you have a mechanical or SSD drive. That is not new information. The failure rate is the same as mechanical drives so you are not taking a bigger risk. The cost, sure it is higher. the same can be said of other components. But tou are paying for speed. DDR3 1866 ram costs more than 1066, but you pay it for the speed. Same can be said for CPU's. An Athlon is much cheaper than an i7, but you won't do nearly as much with the Athlon. I fail to see the difference. And you'd have a hard time convincing me that the Athlon is better if you never tried the i7.


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07 Aug 2011   #52
legacy7955

win 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 

I'm also interested in hearing more about how the SSD will slow down to protect iself from excessive writing
is there a way for the user to monitor this scenario provided by the SSD manufacturers?

Also I never heard of "garbage collection" being required to maintain an SSD until reading here, I didn't think they needed that. How does this work compared to "defragmenting" of a HDD.

Again does anyone know of a PC OEM like HP offering an SSD on their desktops?

I'm surprised that the major OEMS don't because you can configure many different options and price points with them.

Anyone know WHY the big OEM PC markers haven't migrated to offering SSDs yet, aside from price?
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07 Aug 2011   #53
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by legacy7955 View Post
Anyone know WHY the big OEM PC markers haven't migrated to offering SSDs yet, aside from price?
It's price and lower capacities. The average computer user when faced with getting a computer with a 120GB SSD, or a 2TB SATA drive is likely going to pick the 2TB drive for storing all of their music, movies and games. If you ask an enthusiast the same question...it's not even a question. We get both drives.
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07 Aug 2011   #54
essenbe

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider
 
 

I have seen some Dells with an option for an SSD. But, they charge twice as much as you can buy one yourself, and you get their branded SSD, which means you really don't know what you are getting.
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07 Aug 2011   #55
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by essenbe View Post
I have seen some Dells with an option for an SSD. But, they charge twice as much as you can buy one yourself, and you get their branded SSD, which means you really don't know what you are getting.
That's pretty much true about anything from mfg's. RAM, HDD and SSD. Although unless an enthusiast the make/model usually isn't a big concern. But as enthusiasts, and especially with SSD's..we really care.
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07 Aug 2011   #56
sygnus21

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by smarteyeball View Post
Maybe I do. Or maybe he is bad at IT support. It's not an RMA process I'm likely to deal with.

You're right about it not mattering though, figments rarely do.

At any rate, I know he'd have an SSD and to hell with the consequences
I just had to laugh out loud reading this
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07 Aug 2011   #57
essenbe

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by essenbe View Post
I have seen some Dells with an option for an SSD. But, they charge twice as much as you can buy one yourself, and you get their branded SSD, which means you really don't know what you are getting.
That's pretty much true about anything from mfg's. RAM, HDD and SSD. Although unless an enthusiast the make/model usually isn't a big concern. But as enthusiasts, and especially with SSD's..we really care.
That's very true, and the reason I prefer to build my own. At least I know exactly what's in it. With OEM's, what's in it is whatever they can get the cheapest.
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08 Aug 2011   #58
CreepinJesus

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by essenbe View Post
I have seen some Dells with an option for an SSD. But, they charge twice as much as you can buy one yourself, and you get their branded SSD, which means you really don't know what you are getting.
True - I just got a new laptop for work with a "Dell Mobility SSD" (could be anything, right?).

After the drivers are installed, it appears to be a Lite-On LAT-128M2S, and I can't find much info on it at all.
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08 Aug 2011   #59
smarteyeball

 
 

I didn't know Lite-On had even joined the SSD bandwagon, let alone released anything. Looks like mainly OEM only drives.
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08 Aug 2011   #60
Tarka Dal

Stools
 
 

I find it hard to believe that a few grown men, can get so argumentative over the fact that a device that brings a small advance in computing, is so advantageous that it is worth forking out 85 Crucial CT064M4Solid State Drive2 64GB M4 Solid State Drive: Amazon.co.uk: Computers & Accessories (25% of a new computer). When you already have a HDD drive doing the exact same function only milliseconds of difference which add up too not much over a week.
If your talking about boot time then ''why don't you go and make yourself a cup of tea whilst the computer boots up like most people do''! Or, just leave it on.
85 not worth it. 30 I'll consider it but there are disadvantages that I have pointed out before.
I don't think I have anything more to say on the subject.
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