Hard Drive v SSD disk

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  1. ShiftZZ

    ShiftZZ Funster Life Member

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    Anyone changed their drive in a laptop?

    Any benefits?
     
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    Yup, I put one in my old Core Duo 2 laptop. Made it usable again.
    It has a Sata 1 interface so dog slow. Actually useable now well worth the money.:thumb:
     
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    Replaced the stock hard drive in my Mac Book Pro with an OCZ Vertex 3 SSD. Now it flies!

    Needed various torx screwdrivers to do it but it was very straight forward.
     
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    There is a potential problem - life.

    The flash memory in them has a finite number of writes, it can be millions, but if the computer uses the SSHD as extended RAM those writes could soon add up.

    At least ask the question before buying.
     
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    Not in a lappy, but in the desktop.....boots up bootifully fast...like less than 20 seconds from switch-on to fully operational on Win7 Pro

    Most programs are on another drive, only the OS and a few others are on the SSD
     
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    Brian is dead right. Worth checking (especially if you don't have enough RAM and your computer is paging all the time) but most modern SSDs allow a lot of writes, have wear levelling which prevents individual cells being used significantly more than others and have spare blocks for use when cells do start dying.

    http://ef.gy/statistics:ssd-write-endurance

    I suspect hard disk drives are one of the major factors in laptop death. They are highly sensitive moving parts and don't like being dropped. SSDs do not care so much about this.

    Lastly... when a hard drive dies it's typically a catastrophic failure resulting in data loss (from personal experience). When an SSD is nearing the end of its life according to JEDEC it will appear full (not allowing you to write) but should allow you to read, so you don't lose data, if this actually happens or not is another story!

    Bottom line for me: I couldn't live without an SSD and in any case I replace my PCs after 5 years typically, so the limited life is acceptable.
     
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    Have you put the swap file on the mechanical drive ?

    That would seem to be the way though not possible in a laptop.
     
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    Very True, but if your computer is hitting the hard drive swap file a better upgrade would be memory..

    I recommend a minimum of 4GB for Windows 7. I don't have any hits on my swap file with that much memory.

    If you have 4GB or more then the SSD is next best upgrade.
     
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    Yes I have
     
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