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August 31, 2012 6:47:48 AM

Right now ive got a 200 gig hdd in my computer. 16mb cash 7200 rpm, it's good. But it is old, and thanks to the L plastic thing broken off not entirely reliable.

So I figured well lets get a new one, but then I wondered should I buy one of these 1TB drives (Honestly I don't really have to much stuff on my pc at any time, just a couple mmo's and some written files, maybe music I download and transfer over to itunes to toss on the ipod.

But then I saw that for not much more I could get a 250 260GB SSD. And ive heard they're fast in loading stuff. I know when i'm playing an mmo and I zone to some other area I can hear that HDD ticking away loading it all up.

Would a SSD improve these things, loading the thousands of things in a zone without it sort of hanging from time to time?


Is their any drawbacks to using a SSD as the main storage device for the os and everything? Do they live as long as hard drives? Or do they break down after a time? I mean this one here is like, hell maybe 8 years old. (one of those maxtor diamondbacks)

I looked at em some time back but jesus were they expensive. Now they're somewhat ok priced at about 150 bucks. And I could see spending it for a new build if it lasts and has a vast improvement.

Any thoughts? Advice on em?

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August 31, 2012 6:53:22 AM

There are some technical differences. you may have trouble installing windows if you are doing so from a manufacturer's system restore disk.

You will see a markable change in system performance even if all you added was just 1.
2 would be twice as nice even if you didn't make a delegation scheme for what handles what.

If you continue to use the mechanical hard drive, be mindful of Windows & manufacturer Power management settings. you wont be happy if the system decides to access the HDD at an inopportune time. (The system may temporarily lock up when accessing a sleeping disk.)
August 31, 2012 7:59:41 AM

so their are problems formatiing the SSD's using the windows cd's?

Also I wouldnt use the older drive. Figured id just use it as a heavy flash drive of sorts.
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a b G Storage
August 31, 2012 8:07:57 AM

jack773 said:
so their are problems formatiing the SSD's using the windows cd's?

Also I wouldnt use the older drive. Figured id just use it as a heavy flash drive of sorts.


No problems when installing from a Microsoft Windows 7 or Windows 8 disk.

The problem is when you try and install using a computer manufacturer's "restore cd" as it will partition and format the drive with the wrong settings under the assumption that the hard drive installed is the drive they provided.

A genuine Microsoft disk will not have this issue as it is meant to be flexible enough install on any hard drive from any manufacturer provided it has at least 16 GB.
August 31, 2012 9:23:28 AM

Ok so no problems there.

From scanning over I see people use SSD as the only drive in their desktops so that answers that.

One thing I did come across was older ssd's seemed to have some troubles. Maybe bad design causing em to ko for whatever reasons a couple years back.

But newer ones have mostly risen from those flaws to last in years worth of time.

How would I tell which are newer drives and which are older ones being price cut to get rid of backed up inventory?

For instance I was looking at

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Corsair+-+Force+Series+3+24...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mix of brands. are their any brands that really stand out as tested reliable?
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