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So I just had a failure of my OS drive, I have two other HDD's that have data on them so the way I see it I have a couple choices, I can reinstall my OS on one of my other drives, losing the data on that drive in the process. I can pickup another mechanical HDD or I can pickup a 64-80GB SSD in a week when I get paid. Granted the cost of the SSD will get me in trouble with the wife, but then again upgrades generally do.

Anyway, my question is one of buying SSD's second hand, if I find an Intel X-25M what should I be concerned about? There are some things like sound cards, processors I generally would have no problem buying on craigslist, however GPU's, motherboards etc I probably would. Are SSD's reliable enough now days that I shouldn't be worried about buying one on craigslist, or because they are a new tech do we see a lot of DOA's or quick failures?

Thanks ahead of time
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post #2 of 11
Thats the question nobody knows!

they can be more reliable or less then a HDD you just have to wait.

I will say thought that over the life span of the SSD it will lose its speed

How much would a used unit have lossed? Who knows..
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post #3 of 11
Its really the word of the seller on how much it has been used. Failure in an SSD usually doesn't happen on a full-drive scale, but rather smaller blocks (64KB?) of flash will degrade with repeated writes and shrink the effective size of the drive as more and more blocks get marked as "dead" by the controller.

Ask them how long it's been In use, And get an idea of how much data has been written to them (#of reformats/download frequency..etc). And i believe the intel SSD Storage manager used=s a metric called "drive health (in %)" but i'm not sure if that pertains to the physical drive wear, or just that current install.

The speed of the drive should be what is originally advertised on a fresh re-format, speed degradation occurs from lack of Trim/garbage collection on a current install, or from simply having the drive completely full.

Hope i didn't scare you away, good luck with your search
    
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Ask them to send you a screen shot of the SMART values from the Intel SSD Toolbox.
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post #5 of 11
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Nice, thanks everyone.

I found an Intel 80GB X-25M 2nd gen OEM sealed in bag for $100. Is that a decent unit and good price?
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post #6 of 11
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Originally Posted by TheLastPriest View Post
Nice, thanks everyone.

I found an Intel 80GB X-25M 2nd gen OEM sealed in bag for $100. Is that a decent unit and good price?
Surely you jest.

That's a great deal!

Almost too good to be true.....check it out closely!

Edit...Just soo ya know, I sold my two 80GB G2 units for 110.00 apiece @ 3 months ago. A new unit is well worth 100.00 and won't last long.
Edited by Old Hippie - 2/4/11 at 10:33am
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post #7 of 11
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Old Hippie View Post
Surely you jest.

That's a great deal!

Almost too good to be true.....check it out closely!

Edit...Just soo ya know, I sold my two 80GB G2 units for 110.00 apiece @ 3 months ago. A new unit is well worth 100.00 and won't last long.
Nice, I have my brother negotiating now. The hard part is I wont have the money for it til next friday. We shall see
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Quote:
Originally Posted by TheLastPriest View Post
Nice, I have my brother negotiating now. The hard part is I wont have the money for it til next friday. We shall see
have him negotiate AND front the money
    
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have him negotiate AND front the money
One step at a time my friend, one step at a time
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post #10 of 11
Quote:
Nice, I have my brother negotiating now.
If I was selling the drive they'd be no negotiating.

First one that sends the money plus shipping gets the drive.
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