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Hello, currently I have a Western Digital conventional hard drive. I have a problem when I let it sit a few days that it seems to take a long time to boot. Also as all hard drives do they degrade, and the information gets harder to read.

I guess my only two questions are do I need to perform any maintenance to them like conventional drives? Also do these drives do the degrading of information where it gets harder and harder to read? Thanks for reading.
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They do degrade, so they have a limited number of writes. You will eventually have to replace the SSD. Performance does noticeably drop after initial use, and then level off, and then it drops off again at the end of its life. (Or so I've heard). Don't disable TRIM.

Don't defrag it. You can delete useless files, but defragging it only wastes precious writes.
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Howdy there!

Just put your SSD(s) on the Intel Controller and make sure that TRIM is active. That's pretty much it, partner!
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If you are running XP32 (as noted in your sig rig) you will not have access to TRIM support...

If you are dual booting and using win7 64 for the SSD, then you may be fine. I have a hunch that running both OS's off the SSD will cause issues due to lack of TRIM support in the XP partition.

Make sure to get a drive with an agressive garbage collection feature or else it will suffer slowdowns in short order. (Kingston drives are noted for excellent garbage collection).

A quality SSD will last for years.
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They do degrade, so they have a limited number of writes. You will eventually have to replace the SSD. Performance does noticeably drop after initial use, and then level off, and then it drops off again at the end of its life. (Or so I've heard). Don't disable TRIM.

Don't defrag it. You can delete useless files, but defragging it only wastes precious writes.
The P/E wear is of no concern for home use: http://www.overclock.net/ssd/1013672...-900000gb.html

Performance does not noticeably drop after initial use. If anything, it would be a few percentages but can be restored to 100% via wipe.

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If you are running XP32 (as noted in your sig rig) you will not have access to TRIM support...

If you are dual booting and using win7 64 for the SSD, then you may be fine. I have a hunch that running both OS's off the SSD will cause issues due to lack of TRIM support in the XP partition.
TRIM is only imitated on deleting of files. That means files deleted within XP won't be marked.
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Originally Posted by Robilar View Post
If you are running XP32 (as noted in your sig rig) you will not have access to TRIM support...

If you are dual booting and using win7 64 for the SSD, then you may be fine. I have a hunch that running both OS's off the SSD will cause issues due to lack of TRIM support in the XP partition.

Make sure to get a drive with an agressive garbage collection feature or else it will suffer slowdowns in short order. (Kingston drives are noted for excellent garbage collection).

A quality SSD will last for years.
I should update that, XP hard drive is now in my external enclosure so it no longer exsists.

So what drives should I look at. I heard that intel was a good brand. This will only be for booting my os. The rest will be on the black drive.
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Howdy there!

Just put your SSD(s) on the Intel Controller and make sure that TRIM is active. That's pretty much it, partner!
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They do degrade, so they have a limited number of writes. You will eventually have to replace the SSD. Performance does noticeably drop after initial use, and then level off, and then it drops off again at the end of its life. (Or so I've heard). Don't disable TRIM.

Don't defrag it. You can delete useless files, but defragging it only wastes precious writes.
I never knew that. Thanks a lot.


the drive I am looking at
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820167044

my price range
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...5%20-%20%24100
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so are those drives any good?
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I wouldn't get anything under 64GB for Windows & programs etc. You should store your data, files, music, movies etc on a regular, bigger drive.
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Intel 510 series 120GB.
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I wouldn't get anything under 64GB for Windows & programs etc. You should store your data, files, music, movies etc on a regular, bigger drive.
why not get anything under 64?

I planned on storing data on my caviar black drive. I posted that in an earlier post.
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