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Guys and gals, face it; SSD (Solid State Drives) are up and coming, I mean everybody just adores the technology. See, there are no more moving parts in your "HD" so they'll break down at a much slower rate. Then there's the fact that the biggest SDD to date consumes 1.5 Watt, how lovely is that for your green ethics ?

There are however two major deficits with SDD drives. The first being it's overall speed for reading and writing compared to the traditional HDD. A reasonably quality SSD is roughly half the speed of a normal HDD, if you are lucky. Though the 1000+ EUR SSDs are much faster and can reach speeds up-to 100MB/sec. The second deficit, the hideously expensive price tags on the SDD drives. Some companies charge you 1200 EUR/USD for a 32 GB drive. That's just amazing, especially when you consider that the technology used is identical toward the flash-memories being used on storage cards and flash drives.

And then there is endurance, flash memory, regardless of format, supports only a limited number of erase/write cycles before a particular "sector" can no longer be written. Memory specifications generally allow 10,000 to 1,000,000 write cycles. The past year or two, reliability increased significantly though. But what happens if a sector on that flash fails .. does the entire flash memory fail and would be useless you ask ? No, typically the controller in a CompactFlash attempts to prevent premature wear out of a sector by mapping the writes to various other sectors in the card - a process referred to as wear leveling, much like remapping bad-sectors on a traditional HDD. So you're data is pretty well protected.

So is an SSD drive interesting ? Absolutely .. but it's just not worth a grand now is it ?

So before you lay down a grand on the table, why not experiment a little yourself and build your own drive for roughly 75 EUR ? This way you can at the very least test if SDD is something you'd like, and we'll do exactly that with CompactFlash (CF) memory.
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post #2 of 12
CF cards are still relatively expensive for the fast ones, and even then they're
still not that fast. Mine is a Rev4 4GB and I only net about 30-40MB/s on an IDE
channel.

Rep+ cause I'm still gonna try it.
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post #3 of 12
Interesting project. Thanks for the read. Rep+
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post #4 of 12
There is a difference between SLC and MLC flash memory, which is why there is a difference in both price and speed of your standard 'USB drive memory' versus the uber expensive SSDs. USB drives use MLC flash and the high performance SSDs use SLC

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Single-level_cell

Still a cool project though, just don't expect performance on par with a $2000 SSD
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Wonder how they do in RAID0 though...
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post #6 of 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by Licht View Post
Wonder how they do in RAID0 though...
They try RAID0 in the article. Not much better than just one
flash. Only thing that happens is that the seek times are a tiny
bit lower.
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post #7 of 12
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Originally Posted by ManicGenius View Post
They try RAID0 in the article. Not much better than just one
flash. Only thing that happens is that the seek times are a tiny
bit lower.
Read performance went up in Windows. Problem is their controller needs a Win32 driver to function properly, so their FreeBSD benchmarks didn't perform so great.
     
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post #8 of 12
Now that does look like a fun little experiment. I might have to give that a go.
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post #9 of 12
IDE to CF is stoneage old actually...
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post #10 of 12
the only problem I can see is the size unless you go big with the SD drives but...

Speed > Size for people, especially OS.
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