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One thing I have never understood about SSDs are how small they are. A boot drive only needs to be 2 to 4 GB large. From what I've seen on Newegg the larger the drive, the faster the read speed. Why can't anyone make an extremely fast 4GB SSD?

So far I found this:


This look like a good upgrade for my netbook (current netbook hard-drive) which is just for running Firefox and some other programs. But look at the reviews on Newegg: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820139427

Does anyone know if these small 8GB drives are reliable?
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Each NAND chip has a set transfer rate. As you scale more NAND chips onto a platform, naturally you can write to them in parallel on different channels of the controller. By working together (similar to RAID0) you can achieve higher speeds.

8 GB isn't bad for a general Linux distro, but even on a 16 GB SSD you will have a hard time running Windows 7.
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64gb is the smallest I would ever touch.
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I can't say I have any experience with that particular drive but I have a 64gb SV100 made by Kingston and I am happy with it. I've been using it for the past couple of months without any problems.

I got an email from Kingston 2 weeks back and they informed me to apply the newest firmware because they found an issue with the drive losing all the data. I like the fact that they proactively got in touch with their customers to let them know about the fault in their product and offered a solution.

They're definitely not the best out there but for the price, I think it is good enough. For $20 more why don't you just get this 16gb? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820139428
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They're definitely not the best out there but for the price, I think it is good enough. For $20 more why don't you just get this 16gb? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820139428
Do you have an idea why that 16GB gets very good reviews, while the 8GB gets very bad reviews? It seems like they are build on completely different designs :/
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I believe that the more space the ssd can hold, the faster it can be.
    
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Do you have an idea why that 16GB gets very good reviews, while the 8GB gets very bad reviews? It seems like they are build on completely different designs :/
For one the 16gb I linked has way better read/write

Read up to 230MB/s
Write up to 75MB/s

vs.

Read up to 90MB/s
Write up to 30MB/s

But other than that they are the exact same model (SS100S2). Reviews will always vary based on the particular needs of each person who bought the item. Since it is the same model just a bigger size, you might want to look more into the 16gb version to make sure it doesn't have the same problems reported by the 8gb users.
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