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I'm looking to get an SSD for my laptop and am looking for a low price. Only catch is that it's for my laptop so I need a more substantial size than a little 30-40gb boot drive.

My laptop currently uses about 60gb so I figure that I should get at least an 80-90gb but ~$20 is probably worth the upgrade to 120gb.

I've looked around for some refurbs or open box deals but haven't seen any. The least expensive 120gb SSD I came across was one made by GatewayTech, which I've never heard of and can't find any info on (though it uses a Sandforce controller).

Anybody got some supersleuth price hunting tips? Or am I just going to have to suck it up and drop $200+ on an SSD?
     
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Refurb / Open Box SSD deals aren't bad deals as long as they offer at least a month of warranty. During this time you can check if there are any obvious faults with them, otherwise as SSD should be rock solid.
Other than that I suggest you to consider all the known good controllers: SF, Crucial, Intel, Indilinx, and maybe even the Toshiba that powers Kingston's SSDs. SF is the best, but all the rest are quite close; chances are you'll never push the SF with the kind of workloads to really show its value (tenths of concurring tasks).
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Thanks for the input. I'm pretty comfortable buying an open box or refurb if it's got a warranty. It's just that I can't find them anywhere. The only place I've seen refurb SSDs was on Crucial's website when they sold out before I could even open the link.

Any pointers to places that sell open box / refurb SSDs besides Newegg (they don't have any)?
     
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I'm pretty comfortable buying an open box or refurb if it's got a warranty.

I guess 90 days is better than none but if I were you I'd be checking the FS listings here and at Hard Forum.
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Originally Posted by Old Hippie;11924724 
I guess 90 days is better than none but if I were you I'd be checking the FS listings here and at Hard Forum.

I've thought about buying used but the drive is for my work laptop and I think I'd have an easier time writing it off as a business expense with a retail receipt in case I get audited.
     
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Originally Posted by e_dogg;11924794 
I've thought about buying used but the drive is for my work laptop and I think I'd have an easier time writing it off as a business expense with a retail receipt in case I get audited.

And then there's that situation. smile.gif
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Originally Posted by Old Hippie;11924909 
And then there's that situation. smile.gif

Stupid IRS wanting documentation and crap tongue.gif

I did see an Intel SSD in the FS section here but think I'm going to pass on it for that very reason. Shame cause it's a good deal too...
     
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