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How many writes before SSD slows down?

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I am currently using about 40GB on my my mechanical drive in total. Could I buy say a 64GB SSD and run it as my only storage drive (i.e. no mechanical hard disk drive)?

I have heard that constant writing to an SSD over time makes them slower and even unusable so they should predominantly used to read only (OS and apps) so my question is if I could use the SSD for both reading and writing everything considering I won't be writing masses of data to it? Or should I definitely buy a standard HDD with it (e.g. Samsung F3) to write to.

My main use is just MS Office, Internet and photos will be on the hard drive as well as short video clips (not full movies or games).

Thanks!
Edited by qadri - 4/20/11 at 4:38am
post #2 of 22
You will have bought a new HD by the time it starts to degrade.
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I don't quite get that? You mean a new ssd? What i'm trying to say is that if I can use the SSD for both read and write and can have super quick speeds without the need for a HDD.

Another issue with this might be reliability? Is there a greater chance of data loss having everything dumped on the SSD?
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mine slows down pretty quick tbh. and trim is on
     
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I've been using my SSD as my main drive for 6 months now and it works just as good as the day I got it. I run Windows and all my important apps from it including Final Fantasy XIV.

SSD takes years to degrade unless you were doing something totally extreme and abnormal to it on a daily basis. So I think what the other poster meant is that by the time you need to replace your SSD, you'd be replacing a standard HDD anyways.

Edit: I just read the original post again - I wouldn't bother getting SSD to use as storage only, there is no point. A fast HDD will do just as good a job and is cheaper. The main reason to get SSD is for speeding up apps and windows.
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Thank you for the responses, useful info.

I would get the SSD for speeding up apps/windows AND for storage, that's the question.
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I don't think you will find a definitive answer. The problem is that simulations and stress testing can't replicate real world use, and since these are still relatively new, no one can really tell you when the drive will degrade to a level that is worse than HDD or not working at all because it hasn't happened to them yet.

My opinion is you should always have SSD + HDD in your system, they both have their uses.
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Okay,

In that case I will stick with the idea of 2 x 1TB Samsung F3s (raid 1 as back up) to go with a 64GB SSD drive (even though I'll only be using about 40GB)
post #9 of 22
Seems like a pretty sound idea to me. Right now I've got my OCZ 60GB SSD + 500GB Samsung. I doubt you will be unhappy with the improvement SSD makes, let's put it that way.
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SSD's don't slow down due to cell degradation. They slow down due to poor controller management of full cells. When the cells degrade, they simply stop working, they don't get slower.
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