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looking at the item above.

the scan you did was that a full system scan? how big is your hdd? was that including the hdd and the sdd?

im wondering how long would kaspersky or avg take full system scan to complete.

I think my board has about 2 6.5gb/s sata connection too.
    
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performance is crazy!
    
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post #13 of 19
If you can afford one and don't mind the smaller capacities, I would recomment an SLC rather than an MLC ssd, you don't need to tinker with them as much as the cells last much much longer (see write endurance). You are looking at £500+ for an established brand though and that's for a 64gb model...

You can get an old Vertex 1 pretty cheap these days and as long as you make sure your writes are to a standard drive and minimised on the ssd, you should apparantely be ok for 3 years+, though rogue writers can cause issues and I've head of drives beginning to corrupt around the 9-10k PE count
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Are you serious they deteriorate over 3 years that quickly?
    
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Are you serious they deteriorate over 3 years that quickly?
Faster sometimes, you do need to play around with them to get the most life out of them so in that respect they are a bit fiddly. A friend of mine got a 60gb vertex and it started corrupting at around 9.5kPE and that was within a year of him getting it so really I'm not a fan of SSDs in their current MLC state. When they start using SLCs of larger capacity on low cost commercial units I think they will be far more reliable and user friendly.

But that is just my personal opinion.
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This is an old article but it still provides really decent info so I would recommend you read through it

http://forum.notebookreview.com/hard...lc-vs-mlc.html

Edit: bear in mind that this talks about SLCs and MLC lifespan at the time was unknown. If you check out some more recent info and calcs on MLC drives you can see that certain writes use up cells faster than others, such as small writes which use a whole block (not sure if that is the correct terminology).
Edited by Jennasis - 4/12/11 at 2:19pm
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whats a duplex? i'm reading the article now. I think I can wait longer for a ssd drive to be honest now. perhaps a vertex one 60gb for about 50 quid is worth it, but i was thinking of paying 200 quid and i really want value for my money. im with you if they can deteriorate that quick i think im definately against them...
    
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whats a duplex? i'm reading the article now. I think I can wait longer for a ssd drive to be honest now. perhaps a vertex one 60gb for about 50 quid is worth it, but i was thinking of paying 200 quid and i really want value for my money. im with you if they can deteriorate that quick i think im definately against them...
Duplex basically means the cell is in two parts rather than a single self contained unit. With an SLC, if you lose a Cell, you only lose one bit whereas in an MLC you lose multiples as each cell contains multiple layers to increase the storage capacity on that cell. Think of it like a block of flats; if you have a fire in the bottom flat and it spreads, you lose a load of homes; the same fire in a house and you lose only one home.

SSDs are a great speed boost but the potentially short life spans of the current MLCs is a turnoff for a lot of people; I love mine but I am thinking of changing up to a cheap SLC 64gb which is a bit slower and £160 just to feel a little safer.
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p.s. that's not to say that an MLC will necessarily begin to completely fail, however once the cells cannot be written to any more and are read only (which is what they will apparently become once their individual PE count is reached) you will end up with write errors when using as a boot drive and naturally this isn't great.
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