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Everyone is talking about SSD over HDD over youtube and ... But before I will buy an SSD, I wan't to know your experience using the SSD till now, and how your normal HDD was till when you switched to SSD. Please help me with this... is SSD really faster than a traditional HDD over-time, and how long do SSD last for?
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I haven't seen anyone on here kill their Solid State Drive from normal use, and I've been here for over 4 years which means I saw the beginning. ;) I think you'll upgrade long before it would ever die from normal use.

 

Good Solid State Drives are noticeably much faster than Hard Disk Drives. It's a little bit similar to how loading something from memory is faster than loading it from a hard drive. This is due to how there are no moving parts; just Integrated Circuits on a Printed Circuit Board.

 

I love having a Solid State Drive because Windows starts faster, and programs open faster. I'm not a gamer, but gamers say that game saves and maps load faster too.

 

It's also nice not having to be concerned about defragging. :)

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You have no idea how much faster your PC will feel with an SSD. Windows boots up faster, programs load faster, everything just works faster. My laptop has an HDD and it frustrates me now how slow it is. Not all games load faster but save games, levels and area's load much faster, in some cases it's even instant.

Any decent quality SSD will outlast you and I don't mean just your use of it. There are different types using different components but even this cheap one of mine will last me 90 years at the rate I'm using it.

What's far more important than whether it'll end up in a museum in the future before it breaks, is which one you're looking at getting. I would recommend a Samsung 840 or 830 if you can get one, though I've heard good things about Crucial's M4 too, though they're more expensive.

Here's the thread on the 830/840's.
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Buy a SSD, even if it is only for your Windows + primary programs (60-80GB is enough). Worth every penny.

1. Faster boots and shutdowns
2. Faster program loads
3. Faster transfers (if not bottle-necked by what you transfer to/from)
4. No defragging (garbage collection/TRIM takes 5 min)




via http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?271063-SSD-Write-Endurance-25nm-Vs-34nm
Edited by AlphaC - 3/24/13 at 6:45pm
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An SSD is everything a computer was meant to be! SSD vs HDD = Night and Day! thumb.gif
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SSD for OS + common applications and large HDDs for games and other storage. SSD are pretty reliable and much faster than HDDs.
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I use an SSD as a boot drive and install all apps on it. Any games are installed on a 1TB hard drive (I don't care about load times) and I have a RAID 5 for all my user information (Desktop, documents, pictures, etc have all been remapped to my RAID 5).

Once you go SSD, you will never go back.
 
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SSD+OS=win. You'll be happy
    
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post #9 of 11
SSD or HDD?
The answer depends on your budget and your current setup.
Mention both please. smile.gif
post #10 of 11
well i think one does not replace the other you will need both unless you are rich and can afford 512gb SSD's. So SSD for OS, Apps maybe 1/2 games and 1 TB HDD for the other stuff (MP3's Games Fotos whatever)
Edited by [CyGnus] - 3/25/13 at 8:02am
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