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Most reliable ssd that isn't too expensive?

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February 24, 2012 1:51:13 AM

What is the most reliable ssd for a system that will only be used for the internet and watching youtube videos that is under $100. I have heard intel makes one of the most reliable ssd's but I really am not sure :p 

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a c 119 G Storage
February 24, 2012 2:54:14 AM

There is not a very big selection of SSD's for $100 or less mostly 40gb and a few 60 -64gb. What are you going to be using it for?

Corsair Force Series 3 CSSD-F60GB3A-BK 2.5" 60GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
$99.99 and a $10 rebate makes it $89.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This one has very good read/writes and has very good feedback as well.

Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2CCA 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) with Transfer Kit
$94.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This one has average read speed and slow write speed but excellent feedback.
I guess it would help to know what the SSD is to be used for. If it is the OS drive then it is kind of small and you will have to be constantly monitoring the capacity so as to not get it too full. I have used a 64gb SSD as the OS drive and it was full in no time with updates and upgrades and was forever moving files. Untill I got a larger SSD.

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February 24, 2012 5:01:05 AM

Said above, watching youtube videos and surfing the internet. Will not be downloading anything, just surfing the interwebs ;) 
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a c 108 G Storage
February 24, 2012 5:16:00 AM

Of the ones listed above I would get the Samsung > Crucial > Corsair.

Also as was said above it's going to suck having a C: drive less than 90-100GB. I would save some money and get a Samsung 830 128Gb drive so you don't have to micromanage it.
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February 24, 2012 9:02:28 AM

Actually let's make the budget $150 :D 
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a b G Storage
February 24, 2012 9:18:08 AM

let me just note, if not going to fallow SSD guide and willing to make some windows changes, 60 or 64gb will not cut it, windows (7) will use up the drive faster then imagine,
best target is to get 120gb or 128 version of SSD most popular and you can get on sale for ~100$
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February 24, 2012 9:33:03 AM

I see, so which drive would you recommend?
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a b G Storage
February 24, 2012 9:48:44 AM

lots of companies assemble SSD's now day's they all use chips from few factories it's not like every "company" make there own,
aData, OCZ, Crucial, Kingston, Patriot are all good pick's
compared to rest big guns that make and sell like (Samsung, Intel)

Personally i have 4 aData ssd (not to mention tons of there ram) in my computers at home and so far year past no problems at all, just need to buy more lol
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a b G Storage
February 24, 2012 1:13:58 PM

amuffin's been around here long enough to follow the SSD guide, I think. Just turn off Hibernate, shrink the pagefile, etc. 120gb would definitely be nice, but I honestly think you can just save your money if you're really going to do what you say.
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a c 119 G Storage
February 24, 2012 5:02:12 PM

If you are going to stick with what you have said about the way you intend to use your new SSD then a 80gb Intel SSD would be ok to go with. Even when SSD's first came out the Intel drives were the most reliable and though very expensive you just had no problems. The trade off it seems is that they have always had slower read/write speeds and thats what lends to being very reliable. So by upping your budget you can now get this 80gb Intel SSD for $150;

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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a b G Storage
February 24, 2012 5:46:35 PM

I agree with Inzone - I currently have a 64GB crucial in my work laptop that was leftover from a project. It's quick enough to be a substantial improvement over a HDD and I don't have to worry about compatability issues with Intel's RST driver.

You'll need to do the usual tweaks:

disable hibernate/sleep, check power settings to make sure Hard Drive will never turn off unless the computer is turned off, disable defrag scheduling, confirm AHCI is enabled in BIOS when you install OS, etc.)

Other than that, it's beautiful. I have installed them in 20+ laptops from 2 different manufacturers and 7+ different seres of laptops and they all have worked great.

In my desktop at home, I use a 120 GB Intel 520 but that's twice your budget. If OCZ could get their stuff together and make their Sandforce controlled drives more reliable, I would say go with them. Lots of speed, but currently struggling with reliability. I RMA'd several before I gave up on them.
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February 25, 2012 9:06:34 AM

amuffin said:
What is the most reliable ssd for a system that will only be used for the internet and watching youtube videos that is under $100. I have heard intel makes one of the most reliable ssd's but I really am not sure :p 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$89.99 after mail-in rebate card
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February 25, 2012 8:30:30 PM

No products found^^
@nikorr do you know the lifetime of the petrol? Or give an estimation? :love: 
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a b G Storage
February 25, 2012 8:49:30 PM

The Samsung 830 are pretty good drives - they're almost as reliable and fast as the Intel 520 series. That's what Dell installs for SSDs in their laptops and you better believe they did some serious testing to get the best bang for their buck. Cheap and reliable will be Crucial. Cheap and fast would be OCZ but you make sure to back up your data daily. Samsung is mid-range speed, mid-range price and reliability. Intel is fast and reliable but expensive
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February 25, 2012 11:46:46 PM

Can you back up to an external 1tb drive?
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a b G Storage
February 26, 2012 12:19:05 AM

amuffin said:
Can you back up to an external 1tb drive?

Yes.
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a b G Storage
February 26, 2012 12:21:19 AM

amuffin said:
@nikorr do you know the lifetime of the petrol? Or give an estimation? :love: 

It is the newest one, so it will outlast most others, but the chances are that u will buy few years later new one much faster and much larger.
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a b G Storage
February 26, 2012 1:07:23 AM

^don't waste your money if you're not in a vulnerable situation. If you get your power from raised lines, go for it, but don't bother if you live in a city and get your power underground. You definitely need a backup drive, though.
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a b G Storage
February 26, 2012 2:02:41 AM

kajabla said:
^don't waste your money if you're not in a vulnerable situation. If you get your power from raised lines, go for it, but don't bother if you live in a city and get your power underground. You definitely need a backup drive, though.

Or if u live in the apartment and u have on 1 line(usually one side of the wall) fridge, heater, maybe plug-in AC, thread mill or a vacuum cleaner or anything else that draw lots of power, that makes electricity spikes up and down, those are the times when u don't have enough power and than immediately it gets overloaded for the brief second and it happens often, that's when your PC parts that are sensitive to the electricity go down.

After while. After the warranty.

Than people blame the company that made the part.... But it starts at home.

One great thing how to fight it, is also quality PSU that have already some over voltage protection and some mobos that have the over voltage protection too.

I know that ASUS have it, maybe most mobos have it.

But good surge protection will get u further from the disaster.

Why to be cheap, when people have the system for $1000 bucks but get no over voltage surge protector for $20 or $100?

It is the final piece!
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a b G Storage
February 26, 2012 3:20:13 AM

Sounds reasonable.
ON A RELATED NOTE:
Do you know why the lights dim and then brighten when you turn on something powerful (e.g. vacuum, circular saw)? I haven't actually covered circuits in physics yet, but my friend, who has, can't figure it out either.
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February 26, 2012 6:07:28 AM

So ocz petrol 128gb is a good choice?
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a b G Storage
February 26, 2012 1:44:47 PM

It's a good choice for a budget SSD. It doesn't really answer your original request, for the "most reliable" drive, but it may still be the right one for you.
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a b G Storage
February 26, 2012 8:36:06 PM

amuffin said:
Ok OCZ Petrol vs this corsair Force 3 120gb that's on sale: http://www.frys.com/product/6659624?site=sa:adpages%20p...

Any of these u will get, will knock your socks off over regular HDD : ))

No more busy circles : ))

I still run on old and trusty Vertex 2 and it is a speed daemon. It frees the system as well, because it does not have to spend the time to look for the pieces.

Things are done almost immediately. Open office in 1 second or so. Anything is super fast.

Bookmarking 350 tabs takes less than a second. Close the 350 tabs is instant. Those SSD"s change the modern computing of the home user for good!
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February 26, 2012 8:43:53 PM


Ocz Petrol
Read Speed
Up to 360MBps
Write Speed
Up to 180MBps

vs

Corsair Force 3
Read Speed: 550
Write Speed: 500


Difference AR( after rebate) $25 Question is it worth the extra 25 bucks? :p 
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a b G Storage
February 26, 2012 8:53:11 PM

amuffin said:
Ocz Petrol
Read Speed
Up to 360MBps
Write Speed
Up to 180MBps

vs

Corsair Force 3
Read Speed: 550
Write Speed: 500


Difference AR( after rebate) $25 Question is it worth the extra 25 bucks? :p 

U will not see any differences in practical use. Only in benchmarks : ))

U will not boot faster than my Vertex2 with your SATA3, get what u think is good for u.
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February 26, 2012 8:57:37 PM

Ok, I will save 25 bucks and go with the petrol and get 8 more gigs of space!
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February 26, 2012 8:57:44 PM

Best answer selected by amuffin.
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a b G Storage
February 26, 2012 9:06:30 PM

amuffin said:
Ok, I will save 25 bucks and go with the petrol and get 8 more gigs of space!

Look, I have 2600K and Z68 like u and it is crazy fast, and I have no doubt yours will be fast, especially in the first week : ))

Problem was with the old one SSD's, the first gen., now its almost perfect!
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a b G Storage
February 26, 2012 9:06:55 PM

Good luck! Thanx for the vote : )
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February 26, 2012 11:10:19 PM

It's for another system :) 
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a b G Storage
February 26, 2012 11:15:11 PM

I see. But still, it applies!
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a b G Storage
February 26, 2012 11:15:22 PM

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