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    Hard Drive Question: SSD or stick with regular drives?

    Need to buy a new hard drive as my old external died on me. It doesn't matter if the new one is external or internal. What I'm wondering is, should I get a SSD or stick with a regular hard drive? Anyone have any opinions, good or bad, about SSD's?


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    Re: Hard Drive Question: SSD or stick with regular drives?

    Probably depends a lot on what you're going to use it for. If it's just storage then no. If you're going to be running applications off of it you'll see a significant speed boost most likely, then it just depends how much money you have to burn.



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    Re: Hard Drive Question: SSD or stick with regular drives?

    Check out the relative prices. I'm sure you'll want to go with a conventional hard drive. If only because the $4400 SSD is out of stock at NewEgg.

    Newegg.com - OCZ Z-Drive R2 P88 OCZSSDPX-ZD2P881T PCI-E 1TB PCI Express MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)


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    Re: Hard Drive Question: SSD or stick with regular drives?

    Is this for storing data or applications?

    SSD are best used for applications. I bought a bargain comp, added a SSD, cloned over the loaded software, added a sweet vid card, and my machine really rocks now, considering it was still under $1000 total. Load times are drastically reduced when running programs or loading Windows.

    The old style hard drives are just fine for storing data such as pictures, music, and whatever else. An SSD is way to0 expensive to waste its space just storing space eating stuff that easily works on a traditional hard drive.


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    Re: Hard Drive Question: SSD or stick with regular drives?

    I have an 80gb Intel SSD that I use for my main applications and 2 hard drives for storage and backup. The SSD is about 1/2 full and runs like a champ. I would definitely recommend this set-up. Blazingly fast. This is the 4th PC that I've built myself and nothing has made as big of difference.



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    Re: Hard Drive Question: SSD or stick with regular drives?

    I'd probably use it mostly for games, and also probably for about 10Gb of storage for my DVR. I usually only don't keep much stored TV wise, but I'm wondering if the constant writing over the past couple years was what killed my old drive.


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    Re: Hard Drive Question: SSD or stick with regular drives?

    Quote Originally Posted by jsmith86 View Post
    I'd probably use it mostly for games, and also probably for about 10Gb of storage for my DVR. I usually only don't keep much stored TV wise, but I'm wondering if the constant writing over the past couple years was what killed my old drive.
    I wouldn't worry too much about the speed difference (I'm not a gamer, though) because you're not likely to see a decrease in speed by replacing your standard hard drive with another standard hard drive. Unless you're replacing a very fast drive with a slower drive you wont' feel any worse-off. I also play the price game when I buy computer hardware and I doubt I'd be willing to spend the money for a SSD.

    Writing to a HD for a couple years shouldn't kill it. I've had the same drive in my DVR computer for about 4 years without any trouble. I recently replaced it as part of a larger hardware-upgrade, but the hard drive wasn't giving me any problems. The biggest enemy of hard drives is heat, so as long as you have decent airflow over the drive it should be happy.


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    Re: Hard Drive Question: SSD or stick with regular drives?

    Quote Originally Posted by jsmith86 View Post
    Need to buy a new hard drive as my old external died on me. It doesn't matter if the new one is external or internal. What I'm wondering is, should I get a SSD or stick with a regular hard drive? Anyone have any opinions, good or bad, about SSD's?
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    Re: Hard Drive Question: SSD or stick with regular drives?

    Where you really notice the difference in speed is during start-up, shut down, and opening applications.

    People complain about the price but I paid $100 to go from 4gb to 8gb of ram and can barely tell the difference. The $200 I paid for the SSD made a huge difference.



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    Re: Hard Drive Question: SSD or stick with regular drives?

    Quote Originally Posted by dmclone View Post
    Where you really notice the difference in speed is during start-up, shut down, and opening applications.

    People complain about the price but I paid $100 to go from 4gb to 8gb of ram and can barely tell the difference. The $200 I paid for the SSD made a huge difference.
    That is what I was wondering. Right now my computer takes a horrible amount of time starting matlab and some games. Thanks.


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    Re: Hard Drive Question: SSD or stick with regular drives?

    Quote Originally Posted by dmclone View Post
    I have an 80gb Intel SSD that I use for my main applications and 2 hard drives for storage and backup. The SSD is about 1/2 full and runs like a champ. I would definitely recommend this set-up. Blazingly fast. This is the 4th PC that I've built myself and nothing has made as big of difference.
    Agree 100%! I have 2 40GB SSD's that I have running in RAID0 for an 80 GB drive I used for applications! My PC Boots Windows 7 (w/ password entry & all startup items) in 36 seconds! My PC is also about 3 years old and only uses an AMD dual core 2.1GHz processor.

    SSD hard drive makes a HUGE difference in boot and application startup performance!

    I have 2 500GB traditional hard drives running in RAID0 for a 1 TB data drive. (mp3's, ripped DVD's, etc.)



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    Re: Hard Drive Question: SSD or stick with regular drives?

    Quote Originally Posted by tzjung View Post
    Agree 100%! I have 2 40GB SSD's that I have running in RAID0 for an 80 GB drive I used for applications! My PC Boots Windows 7 (w/ password entry & all startup items) in 36 seconds! My PC is also about 3 years old and only uses an AMD dual core 2.1GHz processor.

    SSD hard drive makes a HUGE difference in boot and application startup performance!

    I have 2 500GB traditional hard drives running in RAID0 for a 1 TB data drive. (mp3's, ripped DVD's, etc.)
    You don't keep data on the RAID 0 volumes, just applications - right?

    Standard RAID levels - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    A RAID 0 (also known as a stripe set or striped volume) splits data evenly across two or more disks (striped) with no parity information for redundancy. RAID 0 was not one of the original RAID levels and provides no data redundancy. RAID 0 is normally used to increase performance, although it can also be used as a way to create a small number of large virtual disks out of a large number of small physical ones.
    You might think about getting another pair of 500MB drives for you data and mirroring your RAID0 set to them to give you redundancy.


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