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Ignoring price, is the technology mature enough to recommend to computer illiterates? The kind who doesn't want to or cannot deal with updating firmware, moving temp folders, etc.
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So long as the firmware from the factory is good enough that they don't have to worry about updating it. My C300 came with an excellent firmware that does everything I need it to.
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As long as oems set it up for them, I see little reason they couldn't. But I may be overestimating the tech-savviness of the general public.
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yes, if I had a nickel for every time people like my mom said their computer boots too slow... (1 min max into windows with a WD blue )
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post #5 of 23
What's so difficult about having a SSD? I'd recommend anyone to get a cheap $70 40GB SSD just for booting. But I'm fairly impatient.
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post #6 of 23
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Originally Posted by ItsEggrollTime View Post
Ignoring price, is the technology mature enough to recommend to computer illiterates? The kind who doesn't want to or cannot deal with updating firmware, moving temp folders, etc.
If you're purchasing an SSD in the store, then you should have the good sense to spend the 5 extra minutes it takes to move your user folders to a platter drive. If an OEM is including it in the build, then they should take these additional steps for you.

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post #7 of 23
Good luck trying to move people away from XP. I don't know much about SSD's, but TRIM isn't natively supported until you hit Win 7, correct?
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post #8 of 23
I don't think SSD's will ever be 'mainstream' except maybe in Netbook / Ultraportable devices. I still think Hybrid drives/solutions will move into mainstream first- like Intel's upcoming Z68 chipset supports SSD->HDD caching. These solutions that are invisible to a typical user are far more practical. It's really expecting alot of most users to override the default installation path (C:\\Program Files\\) of most programs because their boot drive only has 40gb free space.
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post #9 of 23
Soon. Prices are around the 2$ per GB right now... I am going to buy in when they are around $0.50 - $1 per GB... By then, SSD speeds should have also increased significantly too Trying to hold off my reformat until then (another year or two at most hopefully?).
     
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post #10 of 23
They don't really require any more maintence than a mechanical drive. You don't have to update firmware just b/c one is out. Remember the Seagate drives that would brick? Those were mechanical and needed a firmware update.

Anyway, I've put them in a few of our customer's builds and our customers are not computer literate for the most part. They are definitely the way to go for anyone wanting a very quick computer.
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