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Thread: SSD and Torrents
16-02-2013, 09:06 AM #21
19-02-2013, 08:10 AM #22
As someone who has built and serviced thousands of PCs, as well as worked at a company that makes NAND that goes into SSDs... anyone that's buying a hdd because they think it's going to be more reliable. . . is doing it wrong.
There have been some overhyped high failure rate drives (OCZ + Sandforce), but overall, modern SSDs are more reliable than HDDs. In a laptop it's much more so. A mechanical hard drive is by far the most likely component to fail in a laptop, because those delicate moving parts *really* don't like to be dropped.
If you're worried about NAND endurance, a modern 128GB SSD with MLC NAND (most of them these days) will last about 35 years when writing 10GB per day. If you torrent really a lot and write 20GB per day, cut that in half to 17 years. See Anandtech for more details.
That said, there is a common bit of logic that applies to all new parts: If you're concerned with reliability, wait until it's been out for a few months so that any potential reliability issues will show up. Brand new complex things always have unanticipated issues. It's unavoidable with cost-competitive consumer products.
tldr; modern ssds are more reliable than hdds. Particularly Intel, Samsung, and Micron.
19-02-2013, 11:31 AM #23
19-02-2013, 05:10 PM #24
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19-02-2013, 10:01 PM #25
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I just spent a day shoehorning an SSD into someone's laptop and they've now seen the result, read about SSDs (I didn't suggest that bit) and tomorrow I will therefore spend the same time replacing the SSD with an HDD!!
The laptop isn't anything special (2 year old Dell 1545) but it was SLOWWWWW and a look at the SMART stats on the HDD suggested they were bolloxed (4441 power-on days -44trillion CRC errors!?) so I reckoned it was the HDD that was dying (and Seatools agreed). I didn't have another HDD handy but I did have a Sandisk Ultra 120Gb SSD and so I said I'd clone their HDD over to that, which worked brilliantly (cloned and aligned with Partition Expert in no time - booted first time!).
Tested it with a few benchmarks, speed is decent and definately SATA2 (the old HDD was just SATA), powered-up in about 8 seconds (before it was almost a minute!!) and much nippier overall.
They saw this and said "but it's going to fail isn't it"? I pointed-out that their HDD was less than 2 years old and it was knackered but they ummmed and ahhhed and when they realised the SSD owned them a bit more than a new HDD they decided against it - so I've now ordered a boring 320Gb SATA2 HDD for them and tomorrow I do the same shit again...
So, that Sandisk Ultra is spare for my shiny new (to me - old to everyone else) X200 then - yummy :)
Last edited by trjp; 19-02-2013 at 10:03 PM.
19-02-2013, 10:29 PM #26
A good SSD is the single biggest upgrade I've made in years. The difference in overall system responsiveness is huge. (Well, actually fairly small, measured in seconds - but it feels big!)
Using a computer with a plain old HDD now feels like using 56K dial-up.
And thanks Sakkura - you're right, Crucial brands and sells Micron's consumer SSDs and RAM.