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Hey

I'm looking to buy an SSD for my old computer. I'm using it for a bit of fun with old used parts and overclocking, so I'm not bothered about reliability as I will use it during the summer only to test things, and then my parents will use it once a month.

SSD
Cheap. No more than £30 max.
I will have WinXP on it, so it just needs to have the OS and a few drivers on it. I can get away with as little as 8GB SSD? (I have a 500GB HDD for Media/Games etc)

Anybody know a good place to find something like this? Or an alternative solution to get fast boot times?

I have looked on eBay and other sites, and found a 64GB for £30 quid, but if I can get something like 20GB for £20 quid that would be perfect for my budget.

Regards

EDIT. The Mobo has USB3 so would be able to boot normally from a 8GB+ Flash Drive? Would this be just as reliable? I'd need to look for a USB3 Flash Dribe to benefit from the full read times?
Edited by nipplepie - 5/21/13 at 8:08am
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£37 new, 60gb, should be better than any smaller space SSD, as the smaller you get, the quicker it will use up good sectors (ie, go bad)

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/60gb-ocz-technology-vertex-plus-ssd-25-sata-ii-3gb-s-mlc-flash-read-180mb-s-write-90mb-s-64mb-cache-?utm_source=google+shopping&utm_medium=google+shopping
     
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£37 new, 60gb, should be better than any smaller space SSD, as the smaller you get, the quicker it will use up good sectors (ie, go bad)

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/60gb-ocz-technology-vertex-plus-ssd-25-sata-ii-3gb-s-mlc-flash-read-180mb-s-write-90mb-s-64mb-cache-?utm_source=google+shopping&utm_medium=google+shopping

Thanks for the advice.
I found a SanDisk 64GB for £33. Would that be alright? I would probably never use SanDisk for my main computer as I know nothing about their brand reliability.
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All my pendrives and storage from SanDisk are really good, I got a usb drive that has about 7yrs on the clock. rolleyes.gif

Go with it, SD are good on their high end and low end market smile.gif
     
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All my pendrives and storage from SanDisk are really good, I got a usb drive that has about 7yrs on the clock. rolleyes.gif

Go with it, SD are good on their high end and low end market smile.gif

Thanks!
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Thanks for the advice.
I found a SanDisk 64GB for £33. Would that be alright? I would probably never use SanDisk for my main computer as I know nothing about their brand reliability.

Only if it's a SanDisk Ultra Plus or SanDisk Extreme. The regular version is basically just a USB 3.0 flash drive in a 2.5" enclosure and the controller isn't really as sophisticated as the ones found on SSDs. In particular, random small block performance will likely suffer over time and performance might drop below HDD levels.
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Only if it's a SanDisk Ultra Plus or SanDisk Extreme. The regular version is basically just a USB 3.0 flash drive in a 2.5" enclosure and the controller isn't really as sophisticated as the ones found on SSDs. In particular, random small block performance will likely suffer over time and performance might drop below HDD levels.

It's this one:
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/151048948101?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

Alternatives?
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A quick search for the model number suggests it's a SanDisk U100. I'd give that one a pass. At the low end of the price spectrum, I thing what you'll find mostly is SandForce with Async NAND (which would still be way ahead of that SanDisk). Check out the OCZ Agility 3, Corsair Force 3, Mushkin Enhanced Chronos, etc.

Here's a comparison of the SanDisk U100 to SandForce.
http://thessdreview.com/our-reviews/asus-zenbook-ssd-review-not-necessarily-sandforce-driven-shows-significant-speed-bump/3/
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A quick search for the model number suggests it's a SanDisk U100. I'd give that one a pass. At the low end of the price spectrum, I thing what you'll find mostly is SandForce with Async NAND (which would still be way ahead of that SanDisk). Check out the OCZ Agility 3, Corsair Force 3, Mushkin Enhanced Chronos, etc.

Here's a comparison of the SanDisk U100 to SandForce.
http://thessdreview.com/our-reviews/asus-zenbook-ssd-review-not-necessarily-sandforce-driven-shows-significant-speed-bump/3/

Thanks, but don't forget that it's for a budget system that won't be used a lot. Taking that in mind, is the £32 worth for the 64GB SanDisk?
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Thanks, but don't forget that it's for a budget system that won't be used a lot. Taking that in mind, is the £32 worth for the 64GB SanDisk?

Nope. You're better off sticking to the HDD in this case.
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