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How long do you think it will be till SSD replace HDD?

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September 5, 2012 8:32:14 PM

I was just thinking, I made a new build around 3 months ago with a 1TB WD Black Caviar. I know that I could get a SSD if i wanted to but I was just thinking, will the HDD be replaced or very nearly replaced in the next 3 years? If not how long do you think, I mean when they are affordable to be the average mans storage device.
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September 5, 2012 8:39:50 PM

For an OS and boot device the SSD has already replaced the hard drive.

For bulk storage in the 1tb + range, I am guessing 5 years.
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September 5, 2012 8:44:45 PM

geofelt said:
For an OS and boot device the SSD has already replaced the hard drive.

For bulk storage in the 1tb + range, I am guessing 5 years.


Nice! Do you reckon the SSD is more reliable? It does have less moving parts, in fact it has none.
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September 5, 2012 8:45:36 PM

SSD's are affordable now, real time sale newegg 120GB OCZ Agility 3 for 59.99 (.50 a GB). However SSDs will probably never replace HDD's because of the limited storage space when compared to an HDD. I think the new standard for custom builds will be a SSD boot drive and HDD storage drive.
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September 5, 2012 8:50:21 PM

spat55 said:
Nice! Do you reckon the SSD is more reliable? It does have less moving parts, in fact it has none.


When SSD gets to $.5/GB and 1TB range I think most people would just go with a SSD only build. SSD is definitely more reliable when you are buying from reliable brands like Samsung and Intel.

Personally I am currently running a SSD only Gamer build, my entire Steam folder and OS fits slightly more than half of my 256 GB Samsung 830($229 so about $.89/GB and was on sale for 198.99 for a while before I bought it) and all my video files and backups are on my 2TB WD External HDD connected via usb2.0(fast enough for playing videos). I ditched HDD on the original build so I can budget the 120hz monitor and SLI more easily, a 3TB HDD/External might be a future upgrade but it is definitely not a must have for me.
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September 5, 2012 8:51:51 PM

spat55 said:
Nice! Do you reckon the SSD is more reliable? It does have less moving parts, in fact it has none.

Yes, the SSD will be more reliable in general, but it does depend on the brand and firmware.
You might find this article interesting.
It does not include Samsung which along with Intel have been the best for reliability over time:
http://www.behardware.com/articles/862-1/components-ret...
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September 5, 2012 8:52:27 PM

geofelt said:
For an OS and boot device the SSD has already replaced the hard drive.

For bulk storage in the 1tb + range, I am guessing 5 years.



I have something to add / correct on your phrase. Although SSDs are favored for OS/Boot devices the new trend of hybrid hard disks is appearing. I believe,
at some point, SSDs will evolve and become fast Hybrid hard disks.
I don't think that SSDs will become 1-2Tb soon, however Hybrid hard disks will. I think that after 5-6 years (maybe more due to economy crisis), hard disks will evolve to hybrid disks all the way while SSDs will remain as they are and possibly disappear.
Unless something else appear...
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September 5, 2012 9:00:47 PM

geofelt said:
Yes, the SSD will be more reliable in general, but it does depend on the brand and firmware.
You might find this article interesting.
It does not include Samsung which along with Intel have been the best for reliability over time:
http://www.behardware.com/articles/862-1/components-ret...


Reading that link very interesting :) 
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September 5, 2012 9:01:57 PM

This is very interesting, I was thinking that HDD have been around for years and it is time to change like we have from standard def to high def :) 

BTW, how do hybrids work? are they a HDD+SDD all in one?
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a c 167 G Storage
September 5, 2012 9:13:45 PM

I think beetlejuicegr
has a good point. Before 5 years, I think hard drive vendors will find a way to combine the two.
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September 5, 2012 9:14:05 PM

Cant give a best answer as they are all excellent answers, so whoever posts next, who has posted before gets it :) 
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September 5, 2012 9:20:07 PM

Best answer selected by spat55.
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September 5, 2012 9:20:56 PM

geofelt said:
I think beetlejuicegr
has a good point. Before 5 years, I think hard drive vendors will find a way to combine the two.


Yeah think you might be right. He is also low on points so thought it would be the best way to try and rank him up :) 
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September 5, 2012 10:02:11 PM

geofelt said:
I think beetlejuicegr
has a good point. Before 5 years, I think hard drive vendors will find a way to combine the two.


Except Samsung just sold their HDD division to a rival while keep producing their own SSDs, the HDD market have downgraded itself to a Segate-WD duopoly and the price have stayed above pre-flood levels while SSD price in term of price/GB have been in a non-stopping decline.

Unless Hybrid Drive can get to 80% of current gen SSD speed, I don't see me using them for my OS and Games, I prefer to spend 1-2 extra day per year doing something other than watching the system/game load.

If this is what you want, go with the Hybrid Drive in the future(Momentus XT).




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September 6, 2012 11:09:43 PM

Sherlockwing, I do really like the SSD but at the price, I'd have to work longer to buy those, I'd rather look at load screens than work :lol:  when they get to 500GB for £100 then I will buy them.
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