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I don't think the general public will ever be ready. When I talk to most people they dont even have the slightest clue about their PC. They just turn it on, go on the internet. Think about it like this, when you call the ISP for service help they ask you if you router is plugged in. I have a friend that works in tech support for a large ISP and he told me that believe it or not that solves a lot of their trouble calls. So until people can get past the on / off buttons maybe they can handle a SSD. But that is still years away.
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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?).
They are actually $1.50 a GB on sale.
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I'm glad this discussion is popping up. I have been wondering this exact same thing, but am on the fence about it being I've never used one.

Oh, and some SSD have been hitting $1 per gig with rebates.
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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.
Yeah sure, as long as you stick to more mature SSD technology and reputable controllers. Even if you leave your temp files, etc on the SSD, it'll probably have no trouble lasting 10 years. You can even use XP, although in this case, you'd probably want an Intel X25-M. For lay people, there's nothing that differentiates an SSD from an HDD. To them, it's just their C drive. They don't really care about the underlying technology as long as it works and they have enough space to store their files.

Really, the only barrier to entry is price. While 40GB may have been commonplace in the days of XP and 256MB~1GB RAM, it's just too small to comfortably fit Windows 7 (along with 6GB page file and 4GB hibernate file) and programs that are increasingly getting bloated. You'd want to go with at least 80GB for some breathing room but that would cost at least $150.
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I can remember discussions like before broadband internet became commonplace. I know this - people are lazy and like things quick, fast and in a hurry. As soon as they discover these are faster then an HDD they'll be all over them. That logic is why I pay $59.99 a month for cable internet.
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I can remember discussions like before broadband internet became commonplace. I know this - people are lazy and like things quick, fast and in a hurry. As soon as they discover these are faster then an HDD they'll be all over them. That logic is why I pay $59.99 a month for cable internet.
Not really. People are cheap. I think it's probably just the techies and heavy downloaders that are willing to pay $60/month for internet alone. Most have fast internet because it's part of a $100 TV/internet/voip or similar, inexpensive bundle.

Besides, most regular people are unlikely to buy a computer component and install it themselves. The only way I see SSD's becoming mainstream is when outfits such as Dell, etc, include them by default in new computers. That or people with older PC's ask their "tech guy" for help in upgrading and the tech guy is smart enough to suggest getting an SSD (with a good controller, of course) and installing it for them.
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Not really. People are cheap. I think it's probably just the techies and heavy downloaders that are willing to pay $60/month for internet alone. Most have fast internet because it's part of a $100 TV/internet/voip or similar, inexpensive bundle.

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I already see them as options for budget laptops and standard for high end ones so I don't think that is too far off.
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I already see them as options for budget laptops and standard for high end ones so I don't think that is too far off.
Laptops, yes. Have yet to see them as options for desktops, though. Too bad the high price is gonna hurt the adoption rate.
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Well one thing I just remembered. With windows 7, you can actually get away with moving your hard drive from one computer to another with very few problems, if at all. An SSD however is a no go.
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Well one thing I just remembered. With windows 7, you can actually get away with moving your hard drive from one computer to another with very few problems, if at all. An SSD however is a no go.
Why is that? What is the difference?
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