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Hi, guys, I am wondering what to buy - HDD or SSD. I've done quite a research and found out that SSD are not as reliable on the long term as HDDs. They have limited write cycles. I use Win XP and I want my pagefile to be on the SSD if I buy one. Will this screw-up the drive after 1-2 years? I use my PC quite intensively and I want a long-term reliable storage for my data. SSDs don't seem reliable enough yet, not to mention how expensive they are.
So HDD or SSD?
Edited by fashion_m - 5/3/11 at 11:46am
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post #2 of 33
If I were building a PC today, I'd go with a 64GB SSD as a boot drive, and a 1TB HDD for storage.
You can always set it up so your data is backed up from the SSD to a HDD every so often.
post #3 of 33
SSD's are by far more reliable than HD's - no mechanical moving parts to break or get stuck, far less heat, etc.
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If I were building a PC today, I'd go with a 64GB SSD as a boot drive, and a 1TB HDD for storage.
You can always set it up so your data is backed up to the 1TB HDD every so often.
This.

I still have a 40GB SSD (which are a little more inexpensive than the 64GB versions if you have a tight budget and if you are afraid of having to replace it) and have 1TB of storage between a couple HDDs. It would be cheaper to go HDD but using a SDD as a boot and HDD as storage would be ideal.
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SSD's are extremly reliable, the only problem is that on XP you don't have TRIM, which means you will lose performance over time.
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What about the new 600/450/300 GB WD VelociRaptor 10k RPM SATA II/III HDDs?
Edited by fashion_m - 5/3/11 at 4:52am
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post #7 of 33
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I use my PC quite intensively and I want a long-term reliable storage for my data. SSDs don't seem reliable enough yet, not to mention how expensive they are.

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Do you mind sharing your source of SSD information? I have never heard this before
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post #8 of 33
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What about the new 600/450/300 GB WD VelociRaptor 10k RPM SATA II/III HDDs?
While I'll admit I do love my VelociRaptor, I can't recommend that you get one instead of a SSD.
If you have the funds to throw around, go ahead and pick up a 600GB VelociRaptor for storage if you wish, though a 640GB Caviar Black is supposedly only slightly slower but a lot cheaper.
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Do you mind sharing your source of SSD information? I have never heard this before
SSDs have limited write cycles count, especially those based on the predominant Multi-level cell (MLC) technology. There is a better technology - Single-level cell (SLC) that offers more write cycles, but it's very expensive and is used in enterprise-grade SSDs.
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Get the raptors!
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