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  • basmans_grob 15 Dec 2011 21:00:39 243 posts
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    My laptop died and I think the HDD on my desktop is also on its way out. I also need to re-install Win7 anyway as my install is f****ed.

    I thought I might take the plunge and simply get a new SSD drive and a new HDD drive as backup.

    Are SDD actually worth the hassle? I'm now going to have to use the dektop for normal PC stuff as well as the radomn gaming I did before and inter game load times really annoy me.
  • dominalien 15 Dec 2011 21:05:17 6,802 posts
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    There's a huge difference in performance. There's also a huge difference in price. If you can afford it, go for an SSD.

    A relatively cost effective solution is to get a smallish SSD (say 128 GB), install the system to it, plus install the applications you want to be the speediest, and keep all your files and other apps on a HDD.

    This wouldn't be practical on a laptop, but for a desktop is a very good option.

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  • Deleted user 15 December 2011 21:07:20
    Aren't they still stupidly small and pricey?

    Was looking at them recently because i'm getting the PC overhaul itch :D
  • Razz 15 Dec 2011 21:18:26 60,676 posts
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    Where's the cheapest place to buy one other than Scumbay?

    Edited by Razz at 21:18:34 15-12-2011

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  • mrpon 15 Dec 2011 21:22:12 28,315 posts
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    Just built a new PC with no HDD and just a 128GB SSD, it's ridiculously fast and well worth the higher price imo. All my media is stored on a NAS so this is a perfect setup for me.

    Give yourself 5 or gig, you're worth it.

  • Red-Moose 15 Dec 2011 22:02:42 5,346 posts
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    I put a 1TB 2.5" 9.5mm drive in my old XPS1330. The speed of an SSD is completely pointless if you use a laptop with lots of media on the go.

    Basically I felt I could deal with normal performance if i had my entire movie television and music collection with me. NAS is only useful as a backup really at home.
  • Red-Moose 15 Dec 2011 22:04:34 5,346 posts
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    And the size of SSD drives is not useful. the only scenarios when laptop hd performance > space is if you render on the go or have a completely useless battery or else need lots of swap
  • Deleted user 15 December 2011 22:10:20
    mrpon wrote:
    Just built a new PC with no HDD and just a 128GB SSD...
    My Steam folder alone is 282GB and i don't have everything i own on it installed :D
  • mrpon 15 Dec 2011 22:16:09 28,315 posts
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    Play one game at a time? ;)

    Give yourself 5 or gig, you're worth it.

  • Dirtbox 15 Dec 2011 22:41:29 77,403 posts
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    They're for using as a boot disk, not storage. People can't seem to work that much out.

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  • Razz 15 Dec 2011 22:42:42 60,676 posts
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    Or just buy a 1Tb SSD for 350

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  • Deleted user 15 December 2011 22:45:41
    Or get a 1Tb standard hard drive for 60 and spend the difference on something else.
  • Deleted user 15 December 2011 22:48:43
    Dirtbox wrote:
    They're for using as a boot disk, not storage. People can't seem to work that much out.
    I could save seconds booting up my machine!

    Well worth the extra expense ;)
  • dominalien 15 Dec 2011 22:56:12 6,802 posts
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    Hey, it might be for some.

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  • Whizzo 15 Dec 2011 22:57:31 43,023 posts
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    Razz wrote:
    Or just buy a 1Tb SSD for more than 1000
    Fixed.

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  • Phily50 16 Dec 2011 00:41:13 2,198 posts
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    Aargh. wrote:
    Or get a 1Tb standard hard drive for £60 and spend the difference on something else.
    Good luck with that. Aren't HDD's ridiculously expensive at the moment due to the floods in Thailand?
  • disusedgenius 16 Dec 2011 00:45:52 5,188 posts
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    Aren't SSDs really good for reading but terrible for writing? Unless you value boot timing that much of course...
  • Bremenacht 16 Dec 2011 00:59:25 17,447 posts
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    They're getting better, from what I've read, and most disks spend relatively little time writing anyway. It's not just boot times of course - apps starting more or less instantly is great too. Those times when your machine seems to crawl while multiple apps request stuff off the disk are gone too, e.g. if you start a load of stuff at boot. I'd love one for my fossil work laptop.
  • DodgyPast 16 Dec 2011 02:27:57 8,398 posts
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    disusedgenius wrote:
    Aren't SSDs really good for reading but terrible for writing? Unless you value boot timing that much of course...
    Nope insanely fast for both. Also lower power use won't go amiss on a laptop.

    If you purely use your pc for gaming you can chuck a game or 2 on the spare space using steam mover. If you do actual work then everything loads instantly and you'll wonder how you lived without it.
  • Ryze 16 Dec 2011 10:55:09 3,118 posts
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    Try Microdirect.co.uk and Ebuyer for SSDs.

    It's also worth having a Google around for the many speed test benchmarks, and choosing the fasted you can afford, once you've picked your size between 128 and a costly (in 2011) 256GB.

    In a laptop, the performance difference in addition to the battery life benefits mean that I'd wholeheartedly recommend one in the current HDD pricing climate.

    GO FOR IT, and you wont be disappointed. Just keep system backups on an HDD once you've set everything up, in case anything goes wrong. The drive will probably have a multi-year manufacturer's warranty, but that wont help you to restore your system in case it fails.

    Saying that, the OP should also check the manufacturer's website with the HDD serial number handy, in case they'll swap it for a new one for free.

    I believe that WD have a 3 year warranty as standard. Not sure about the others.
  • mrpon 16 Dec 2011 10:58:47 28,315 posts
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    Try Crucial as well, I bought from them and got 10% cashback via Quidco.

    Give yourself 5 or gig, you're worth it.

  • bitch_tits_zero_nine 16 Dec 2011 11:16:02 6,654 posts
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    Had an intel SSD in my normal PC which was fookin great. Just bought a new laptop with a 1.5 tb raid 0 array across two disks, so If I had bigger balls I'd void the warranty and switch out one of the disks for the intel.

    Ended up giving it to my dad for his PC.

    Edited by bitch_tits_zero_nine at 11:16:22 16-12-2011
  • Ryze 16 Dec 2011 11:20:29 3,118 posts
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    Aargh. wrote:
    Or get a 1Tb standard hard drive for 60 and spend the difference on something else.
    Yeah right. Good luck with that. Please post results for our information.
  • Deleted user 16 December 2011 11:22:18
    Got a 64GB OS and App drive, plenty of space if you games and media on another drive.
  • figgis 16 Dec 2011 11:23:04 7,383 posts
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    You would be looking at 120 for a 1TB hard drive at the moment. SSD might be a better option (unless you can canibalise an old drive from somewhere).

    124 gets you a 120GB hard drive on ebuyer.

    Edited by figgis at 11:25:23 16-12-2011
  • Deleted user 16 December 2011 11:24:55
    Phily50 wrote:
    Aargh. wrote:
    Or get a 1Tb standard hard drive for £60 and spend the difference on something else.
    Good luck with that. Aren't HDD's ridiculously expensive at the moment due to the floods in Thailand?
    65

    But the prices are starting to go up rapidly now.
  • dsmx 18 Dec 2011 00:05:26 7,536 posts
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    SSD's are for things that need fast seek times on random bits within a data series so they are greatly beneficial to running programs with and it's the area they are best suited to. So you place your OS and games on that drive you use the most.

    If your just loading up a film to watch for example then you won't see much of an improvement in load times over a traditional hard drive as it's seeking a continuous steam of data rather than searching for bits scattered over the drive and in that situation your better off with the traditional platter based hard drive.

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