03-04-2012 01:01 PM - edited 03-04-2012 01:06 PM
I'm clinging to my huge capacity hard drives (3TB externals) for now. I only cold boot once in a while, and to this end, I'm drawn to the hybrid SSD-hard drive approach.
The technology trends we have described put SSDs in
an unusual position for a cutting-edge technology: SSDs
will continue to improve by some metrics (notably density
and cost per bit), but everything else about them
is poised to get worse. This makes the future of SSDs
cloudy: While the growing capacity of SSDs and high
IOP rates will make them attractive in many applications,
the reduction in performance that is necessary to increase
capacity while keeping costs in check may make it difficult
for SSDs to scale as a viable technology for some
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03-04-2012 04:48 PM
I'm currently still staying away from SSD for my work stuff. The capacity is just not there.
Using a Scorpio Black 750GB and Caviar Black 2TB on the external.
03-04-2012 11:14 PM - edited 03-06-2012 02:16 PM
I am happier than a pig after having recieved my t 410s with it's preinstalled 128 GB drive; the speed of which leaves a disk in a ditch by comparison.
Do I care how a multi t-bite disk will perform in the next 5 years? I will deal with that in 5 years, and not worry about it now. The linked "study" should not defer anyone from an immediate purchase. Time spent waiting for data to load on a disk is money that is wasted, as well as being boring.
03-06-2012 01:00 PM - edited 03-06-2012 01:02 PM
Why not use dual drives? I've got a 120GB SSD + 750 GB HDD, it's the best of both worlds, day to day use is noticably faster. It's the biggest improvement I've ever had on a computer from upgrading a single piece of hardware (I had just a HDD originally). If I could only use one though I'd have to use the HDD as I need the space, but dual drives was one of the reasons I got a W520.
03-06-2012 01:27 PM - edited 03-06-2012 05:52 PM
Sure, making use of the mSATA slot for the SSD seems to make the most sense to me at this point, despite being SATA II. I'm already running dual HDD, because storage space is always the issue for me.I could go to a 1TB spinner + SSD in the main bay.
With write caching turned on and disable buffer flush set, the spped of disk I/O becomes almost irrelevant, except at boot up time.
Anyway, I am pretty satisfied for the moment without the SSD. Should Samsung actually deliver a 256GB mSATA as promised at a reasonable price, I'm likely to get onboard.
03-06-2012 02:57 PM
With write caching turned on and disable buffer flush set, the spped of disk I/O becomes almost irrelevent, except at boot up time.
Obviously you have never used an SSD.
03-06-2012 05:51 PM - edited 03-06-2012 06:00 PM
No SSD yet, but I am looking forward to it.
I guess the concept of disk caching is foreign to you. Try googling it.
I do work with a lot of large image files. Have you compared the cost per GB?
03-06-2012 06:00 PM
No, but I am looking forward to it.
I admit I am a programmer and mostly sit here staring at code and going... "duh". I don't need an SSD for that.
What IDE do you use? I guarantee it will load up much faster with an SSD. VS.net 2010 Ultimate loads in about 5 seconds for me. In fact the entire machine will be much more responsive.