Originally Posted by Blindsay
I would trust a SSD to be more reliable any day of the week than a mechanical drive. Heck why do you think i run my SSDs in RAID0 and my Mechanical drives in RAID5. Even in RAID0 i feel more confident in the SSD's then the mechanical drives in RAID5
the only reason i keep mechanical drives around is for mass storage. my RAID5 array is 4.1TB, it would cost a small fortune to get SSDs that big.
And as far as recovering data, if a drive has a logical or even worse a mechanical failure it is an absolute nightmare to recovery data from them....
And like i said with SSD's im pretty sure that even if they run out of write cycles you should still be able to read from them and get your data off them.
And as far as repairing notebooks with dead drives, ive seen alot myself and you know what a lot of them are because of dummies dropping the damn things which wouldnt be an issue on an SSD
You are right, the write cycles on a drive are not set, just an estimation; some cells have less than the reported PE, some a lot more. I have seen a 60gb Vertex with 5k rated cycles at almost 10k before it hits any issues; all cells are unique and the rating is just a best guess based on the factor.
I'm not as confident as you are about SSD reliability, but I can see where you are coming from and have personally been in two minds about solid state vs platters in PCs (net/notebooks as you point out are a different matter). I've used Samsung drives in my PCs for the last... 6+ years or so and havn't seen one fail completely yet, though that may just be my good luck. We're all guided by our own experiences and mine have led me to favour hard drives for data at this time, regardless of the capacity/price issue.
The main issue I see with current consumer grade SSDs is that they are being included in a few laptops now and I've had to replace a few now that have died (allegedly) without being dropped. As your average non-tech home user doesn't really know how to use a computer properly and will install all these little gizmos and apps and rubbish facebook games and have a programs list as long as your arm and then after a while the thing just goes kaput and they sit there wondering what happened cause they were sure their fast little 12gb netbook would be able to handle everything the world threw at it cause the guy in PC World said so, but PC World wont fix it because it's 1 month outside of it's warranty.
I've replaced most ssds in notebooks I've repped with standard drives at the expense of battery life (they left them plugged in like a pc anyways) and not one has come back yet, mainly because they cost just Â£20 for high capacity and I know the users lol and they aren't tech savvy. One friend I just fixed an Aspire 1 for had about 50 different viruses on hers including a couple of rootkits and she didn't even realise it; Bejewelled here and some other rubbish there, all sorts of silly things she downloaded lol