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Hey guys I have a few questions. I just got a new netbook that I use for work. Its a cheap HP mini 110

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834157890

I use chrome, FF, notepad++ and a VPN client for my employer. I don't play any games on it but I can foresee my wife maybe playing farmville or other silly flash games occasionally.

Anyway, at work I am constantly opening and closing the netbook. I use it for maybe 2 minutes, close it for about 10-20 mins, then use it for another 5 minutes, then close it for another 30 to 45 minutes, repeat all day for about 12 hours straight. So currently I have the netbook set to sleep when closed. I also switch between ethernet / wireless / USB modem several times throughout the day.

If I read correctly, sleep mode saves everything to ram which is still powered.

So to get to my questions. I am considering installing a SSD, was thinking of a 64gb C300.

1. Will a sata iii drive work for my netbook?

2. Assuming I have chrome, FF, and notepad++ open all the time, would I see any performance increase during use? or would it only matter when I initially start / restart the programs?

3. would it be as efficient to hibernate the netbook using an SSD as opposed to just putting it in sleep with regular HDD?

Im trying to justify buying the SSD in hopes it will give me more productivity as well as increased battery life. Thanks for any input.
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1. Yes.
2.Yes.
3.Yes

Productivity will increase, as you'll spend less time for things to load. However, battery life will only marginally increase IF any.
 
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sata 3 is backwards compatible so yes it will work

You will notice a difference in speed's its not just boot up/shutdown speeds.
The interface/loading/opening of programmes will speed up in responsiveness and will be much better

It makes no difference with hibernation or sleep, but imo you should just turn it full off with a ssd you will be fine to turn on and off all day
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Why buy a sata 3 drive?


I installed a microcenter brand sandforce ssd into my hp110 a while back (bought the drive for something else originally but winded up returning it anyway) and it felt a lot snappier than when using the crappy 160GB HDD that it came with. I couldn't comment on battery life because I didn't really test it out all that much as I rarely ever use my netbook.
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Originally Posted by adcantu View Post
1. Will a sata iii drive work for my netbook?

2. Assuming I have chrome, FF, and notepad++ open all the time, would I see any performance increase during use? or would it only matter when I initially start / restart the programs?

3. would it be as efficient to hibernate the netbook using an SSD as opposed to just putting it in sleep with regular HDD?
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Originally Posted by Blindrage606 View Post
1. Yes.
2.Yes.
3.Yes
1) Yes.
2) Yes.
3) Oh dear god no.

Your usage scenario lists turning it off/on 24-36 times per day. Assuming 2GB of RAM, that is ~72GB of writes per day - about 26TB per year, before any actual usage.

The M4 works fine with Sleep modes, unlike many other SSDs. Take advantage of it and avoid wearing it out early.
     
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hi Adcantu,
It probably won't work for an HP but if you're turning on and off you laptop often you may like the asus "instant on" feature. I have it on a EEE 1011px and it's really nice: when I close my computer it puts it into a state (not hibernate) within seconds where most hardware is deactivated and then it comes back on in 3 seconds. The asus site says it can hold about 21 days of battery in this state so I guess it's pretty much like hibernate except you it doesn't flush the memory to the hard drive cause it's really fast.
http://support.asus.com/faq/detail.aspx?SLanguage=en&m=Eee_PC%201025CE&no=DD387367-3F78-3E84-7FCF-8D435DA1A049
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