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http://www.getpartsonline.com/537638-001.html

These things are tiny! About four of them in a RAID 0 making a 64GB drive would be nice for $100+ a RAID card. I've got a PCIe 4-port LSI RAID card I'm willing to try out, but I'm thinking that if the drives are slow enough, maybe onboard RAID could be used with a decent CPU. Would it be worth it?

I just a few hours ago bought a used HP Mini 1000, and it has a 16GB SSD inside. I haven't looked at it to confirm it's this model, but if it is, I can tell you the read & write rates from just using Jolicloud 1.2 are good while probably not 100MB+. Any good R/W benchmarking utilities that I can run from inside a Linux terminal?
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hmmm well heres some info about this that i been able to find from 2008

http://www.cdrinfo.com/Sections/News...x?NewsId=23878

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Samsung?s new MLC-based SSD at 32GB capacity will read data (sequentially) at 90MB/s and write it (sequentially) at 70MB/s ? performance levels much greater than low-density SSDs on the market today. The 16GB reads at 90MB/s and writes at 45MB/s, while the 8GB reads at 90MB/s and writes at 25MB/s.
but i would think at ~$100 you could get a SSD with similar raid read performance (well maybe not @90x4= 360mbs depending.. c300?) and have one with much better write speed (with something like a vertex 2). Also for a single ssd (rather then 4 small ones) you would keep trim and also free up 3 extra sata ports

I just picked up a few weeks ago c300 off amazon for $112..... but it might be interesting to see what you could do with 4 of these small things
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Thats pretty awesome for the price! I could fit the contents of my boot drive on that, and probably still be faster than the one I'm using now!! :O
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Update: The Mini 1000 uses a ZIF connector, which means there's a ribbon cable from the 16GB SSD card to the board. It's not really a "SATA" connector.
http://www.getpartsonline.com/507314-001.html
No big deal, though.

DNytAftr, thanks a lot for that link! It's very informative. I actually agree that $100 could get someone a really good SSD instead of four of these things, but the price is just too good. For $50, you could have 180 MB/s / 140MB/s R/W with a stripe assuming 0 latencies in the RAID controller.

Heinz, I think the 320GB Seagate is faster than the 80GB drive you're using to boot. You should check it out to make sure, though. Either way, your PC should boot somewhat faster with an SSD. If you're interested, I'd let you try out one of these before I do.
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how would run one of this babies as a boot drive in an old computer(120gb ide and the like)
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You likely would not, but there are some IDE-compatible SSDs out there. If you'd like, you could buy a separate RAID card and use a few of these, but buying a SATA card on top of a $25 drive may be a bit more expensive than a more reasonable solution.
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oops i mean in performance, compared to an 120g ide , the MB does have sata
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It's probably going to be on par with it, but there will be no seek times. Files will almost always be available, but I'm sure you'll notice the computer will operate slightly differently. At least it will boot faster. I've seen a "slow" SSD boot drive on an XP machine that takes less than 30 seconds from hitting the power button to get to the desktop.
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hmmm... i been thinking these would prob be actually very good for applications like htpc or budget computing but i would really would agree with you put 2 together for $50 and thats a pretty good budget OS drive

i wonder if they have any cache (dont the vertex etc have like .. 32mb or something) .. i guess time to do some more digging ive gotten intrigued
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Yes, they have 32MB of cache.
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