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Are SSD becoming a better option?

by BA_Mack / March 12, 2008 6:19 AM PDT

Hi

I'm in the market to purchase a new laptop. I read a couple of reviews on solid state drives for laptop. I read that Lenovo is making them standard in one of their ultra-light laptops. Does anyone know if they're going to become a more common option? How is their reliability?

BA

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Could be less than a normal hard disk.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 12, 2008 7:42 AM PDT

Unlike your magnetic media, flash has a finite number of erase cycles so some might find it to be limited. But the mechanical aspects give it the nod for military or other harsh locations.

Are you willing to pay for the premium?

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Ditto.....Are you willing to pay for the premium?
by Dango517 / March 14, 2008 3:00 PM PDT

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Don't ask an old timer LOL
by LionsMike / March 14, 2008 1:31 PM PDT

I do remember so well when computers went solid state back in the 60's. It was so nice when we could build a computer that weighed less that a ton because the big high voltage transformers and all of the vacume tubes were designed out and replaced with solid state components, called transistors and intergrated circuits. I sent a few old tube computers to the Smithsonian.
Today the term "Solid State" is being resurected to refer to no moving parts. There may be some learning curve as in any new technology, but it has to have advantages, and it will almost surely will become the standard. all of the component people are producing them. Someone has to take the plunge So.....

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Solid State= Flash Drive?
by leonpurvis / March 14, 2008 10:32 PM PDT

If you mean flash drive, I'd say yes. I've had an 80 GB Toshiba outboard flash drive for three years. I bought it in China. I haven't seen such a device for sale anywhere in America.

It works just fine. This seems to be the way in which drive technology is headed, so go with it. It's lightweight, requires little (if any maintenance)and probably has as long a life as hard drives in general use in existing PCs. It was said that flash drives have finite erase potential. Yeah, so what? Does anyone think that today's conventional hard drives will last forever? Try dropping a conventional hard drive from four feet. Do you think that baby will survive unscathed? Probably not. I've dropped my Toshiba a few times and I've had NO problems with it afterward.

I use it for storage at this point. I have not tried installing an OS on it. As this technology becomes standard in the industry, much larger capacity drives will become the norm simply because you can get a lot more memory in a flash drive in a smaller space than you can with conventional hard drives.

I'm glad to hear that Lenovo has penetrated the western market. Lenovo is one of the most popular computers in China.

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Happy Customer (so far...)
by kryo2k / July 28, 2009 2:53 PM PDT

I just recently built a machine, which includes a 32GB SSD for it's o/s partition. I chose SSD just to see what all the fuzz was about. On certain operations like surfing the web, starting the computer, installing/running programs the difference really is night and day.

Enough talk though, lets look at some benchmarks I just ran --

The manufacturer (Patriot) states, and I quote:
"Sequential Read: up to 175MB/s, Sequential Write: 100MB/s"

But here are the real numbers:
Sequential Read: 28.61 MB/s
Sequential Write: 25.14 MB/s
Random Read: 28.21 MB/s
Random Write: 4.30 MB/s

Just to compare with a Sata II HDD ( 7200 RPM ):
Sequential Read: 954.10 MB/s
Sequential Write: 2.03 MB/s
Random Read: 898.54 MB/s
Random Write: 1.95 MB/s

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Almost forgot to mention ...
by kryo2k / July 28, 2009 2:59 PM PDT

The disk speed of the SSD it greatly affected by multiple I/O operations.. Reading/Writing can get very slow when there's a lot going on ( <= 2 MB/s read/write).

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Eventually they will become the standard.
by orlbuckeye / July 28, 2009 7:47 PM PDT

Once the price per gig gets closer to harddrives and that will happen.

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