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Honestly, if you are going to stick with XP i'd say go with the Velociraptors. I love my SSDs but I do not think I'd want to use them on an OS that does not have TRIM.
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Which are the fastest non-SCSI HDDs?
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What about the new 600/450/300 GB WD VelociRaptor 10k RPM SATA II/III HDDs?
Don't bother. There is no such thing as a fast HDD if you compare them to a SSD.

The fastest consumer HDD vs a 120GB Vertex 2: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/182?vs=152

Look at the random read/write performance.

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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.
Doesn't matter. Unless you are writing more than 10GB a day, you won't wear out more than 8GB of NAND after 5 years.

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Honestly, if you are going to stick with XP i'd say go with the Velociraptors. I love my SSDs but I do not think I'd want to use them on an OS that does not have TRIM.
Does not need TRIM if the SSD supports Idle Time Garbage Collection.

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Which are the fastest non-SCSI HDDs?
600GB VelociRaptor.
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If I decide to buy SSD, which brands are the best in terms of durability, less malfunction rates and less returned devices?
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Get the raptors!
Why?

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If I decide to buy SSD, which brands are the best in terms of durability, less malfunction rates and less returned devices?
When I last looked at SSDs the Intel X-25M and the OCZ Vertex 2 were the ones to get.
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Since Win XP doesn't support TRIM, is there some application that can do that? Maybe software that comes with the drive?
Also, my motherboard chipset doesn't support AHCI, what negative consequences could this lead to?
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SSDs are more reliable than mechanical drives, as they have zero moving parts. Yes they wear out with use, but no faster than mechanical drives do. While the performance will degrade over time without TRIM, all you really need to do is wipe every so often and you're good.

They're also buttloads faster than any mechanical drive on the market.


Intel X and OCZ Vertex2 drives are the ones to get.
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Since Win XP doesn't support TRIM, is there some application that can do that? Maybe software that comes with the drive?
Also, my motherboard chipset doesn't support AHCI, what negative consequences could this lead to?
Get an SSD with Idle Time Garbage Collection (SandForce or Marvell).

Your chipset ICH9 definitely supports AHCI. It is up to Asus to allow you to enable it in the BIOS.
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Get an SSD with Idle Time Garbage Collection (SandForce or Marvell).

Your chipset ICH9 definitely supports AHCI. It is up to Asus to allow you to enable it in the BIOS.
ICH9R supports AHCI, mine is ICH9 (without R) and it doesn't seem to support AHCI. Also, there is no such setting in the BIOS. So is there any problem since I don't have AHCI?
Recommend me a good brand for SSDs.
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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.
Where can I see a speed comparison between VelociRaptor and Caviar Black?
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