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SSD prices have gone down a lot in a year, some dropping to below $100. If you're looking to upgrade, now's the time:
We've talked over and over again about how SSDs are the best upgrade you can make to your computer, but the formerly-expensive drives have dropped dramatically in price over the past year—which means ...
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Guess who bought his last SSD 6 months before the price crunch???
 
+Jonathan Neufeld - depends why you're using RAID. If it's for performance then yes, if it's for redundancy then what you really want is an array of SSDs.

Yum.
 
Na RAID still has it's uses, big data storage. Neither my laptop or my desktop have mechanical Hard Drives, no optical for that matter :)
 
RAID SSD kills trim, if you have money to burn and want real speed then have a look at PCI-e SSD cards... ;)
 
+Daniel Junior  Solid State Drive. Basically if you drop your laptop, your hardrive is able to absorb the shock and not lose information. It also has a much faster boot time than regular hard drives.
 
I got my first one a couple of years back, I couldn't imagine running a computer without one now. The best single upgrade you can make to any computer is to fit an SSD. Well that's my opinion.
 
You don't need to know how it does what it does, just like my mum with the TV remote, just that it does.All you need to know about SSD's is it does it very very fast and make computers nicer to use. At first they were prohibitively expensive but now they are becoming more affordable. Next time you buy a computer remember to ask if it has one, then you will be happy.
 
my Alienware (Dell) 17" laptop has a (2) 250GB SSDs in a RAID setup that I have had since June of 2009 and they continue to work flawlessly.
 
See that black round thing in my avatar?  I need at least 1 TB, no less.  I wonder how much they can pack into a single SSD.
 
You can find 128 GB SSDs under $100.  I saw one or two advertised for around $79.  But, 256 GB SSDs are still seem to be closer to $1 per GB.
 
I can't believe I used to own a 2MB HDD... I'm old.
 
Just check Slickdeals.net occasionally. There have been new SSD deals listed there every few days. 120GB Vertex3 drives for $59.99 and 120GB Kingston HyperX 3K for 89.99 after rebates are a few I remember
 
Definitely need a couple now, Kingston, corsair, Intel , or ocz?
 
Been running SSDs as boot drives in a couple of (Windows 7) boxes here for a while. Superbly rockin' performance but reliability is not up to conventional hard drives. I image regularly and it's saved my bacon enough times that I recommend you do the same. "Backups: always in season, never out of style!"

+Jonathan Neufeld - you feel old? Seems like yesterday that hard drives were exotic and out of reach - floppies ruled the day. The 5-1/4 inch drives were oh-so-modern, beat the snot out of those 8 inch monsters. :-)
 
now's a good time to get an STD?! Oh wait..that's "buy an SSD"...my bad...LOL y'all are too serious over here LOL
 
Yup, this is what I've long been waiting for. Now question is how I swap my old hdd with ssd on my macbook pro --;
 
Raid ssd does not kill trim. I have two sata3 ssds in raid 0 and trim works.
 
And after a year, large capacity flash drives will more than double in size, drop in price , and make SSDs obsolete.
 
Now's the time? They will stop drop in price... Just give it some more time, because now is definitely not the time to get a good deal on them. They are still fairly new.
 
+Jonathan Neufeld RAID is a technique that coordinates multiple hard drives to provide redundancy to protect data. These hard drives could be the traditional ones or the new solid-state drives (no mechanical parts, just memory chips made to act like hard drives). Thus, one cannot compare RAID to hard drives - the former is a technique.
 
I installed a Crucial M4 128GB in my desktop as a boot drive back in April and so far it's been very reliable.  The difference in speed was very noticeable.  
 
Much of the reliability gains you mention, +Michael Rutherford, have come from better firmware for managing the actual storage as well as redundancy. As the price comes down it's easier to add 'spare' capacity. Go read about wear leveling and bad block mapping.

Now, I definitely do not mean to give the impression that SSDs fail all the time or that I've had great steaming heaps of problems. That's definitely not the case at all. But when compared with the rock-solid reliability of modern conventional drives the difference seems readily apparent.

Do I think the trade-off is worth it? Certainly. Especially for a boot drive. Especially for a Windows boot drive. But I strongly recommend making a backup plan, and using it. Life's too short to spend rebuilding boot drives. I can image my rather-full-and-busy work-a-day Windows 7 boot SSD in under 10 minutes. That's a phone call or get some coffee kind of time. Total recovery time is similar, if you ignore what it takes to boot from CD into a recovery console. It's just cheap insurance. (As an aside, I much prefer a full image backup over those 'on the fly' file backups. Lots of reasons, different discussion.)

+Marwin Morado, I'm thinking that I've got to respectfully disagree. Flash drives, if you're talking about the ubiquitous USB sticks, are just too slow. SSDs, the conventional drive replacements like we're talking about here, perform much better. Internal parallelism, DRAM buffers, etc. all contribute to that. Each technology has its niche. I agree, though, that capacities will continue to rise.

+Perry Kahai (and others), SSDs in a RAID configuration just plain rocks! Performance that'll set your hair on fire.

+Michael Rutherford, I remember those! That'd be the mid 1980s I think. Had an XT on my desk at the office with an external chassis, held two of those puppies. Ah, the lap of luxury! Thanks for the memories.
 
I won't consider a SSD before a 500G+ SSD for laptop is affordable by me appears.
 
I'm still confused as to why buying a small SSD drive is better than having a bigger hard drive. If I have 250GB worth of files, why would I want to switch to a 60GB SSD drive? What's the point exactly?
 
Seems very illogical to me, But of course I know some people only buy SSD's just to throw there system files on it for faster boot times.
 
All the people on here that don't see the point in a ssd or think they cost to much... I use to be just like you. Until I got one on sale. You guys just don't understand how much faster your computer feels booting from an ssd. I went from 2 Samsung f3 hdd (really fast drive) in raid 0 to one c300 ssd and will NEVER go back.
 
Regina, most folks who value the access speeds of a SSD run their programs from there, then leave their data on a traditional drive. Switching full-sale from a traditional setup to a strictly SSD setup would be quite expensive!
 
+Clint Weisgerber That's what a friend of mine mentioned, which yes, if you were running an older computer, does make sense. Is that a better alternative than say, upgrading the processor/mobo? Can you run an OS on it and then run programs from say an external drive?
 
+Regina Woodard, putting boot/programs and data on separate spindles has always been a win for both performance and safety reasons. 'Course, that's not really an option for single-drive laptop users... +Josh Simpson hit it - it's hard to go back once you become accustomed to fast boots, instant Photoshop loads, etc.
 
Programs should be on the ssd. Like music, videos, and pictures should be on a hdd.

I have an extremely highend system and an ssd made it feel twice as fast. If your computer has sata2 regardless of cpu etc you will see a huge boost from an ssd.
 
+Rick Plavnicky I am sure ... As prices continue falling, I expect more adoption, much larger capacities, and the like. Even now, like +Clint Weisgerber says, put the OS on a SSD drive, leave data on a traditional drive. And it is amazing that it takes just a few minutes to image.
 
+Regina Woodard Sure! As others have mentioned, if your SSD is big enough, you could run your entire OS and if you installed all your programs to the SSD as well, you'd notice your computer would seem to run much faster than just upgrading your mobo and CPU; all things considered. IMHO, upgrading your RAM significantly is still king for making your PC "faster", but upgrading your HDD to an SSD and installing at least your commonly used programs would be a close second.
 
+Clint Weisgerber ram was never king... it was only when manufacturers didn't put enough ram in computers people though it was king. That is not the case anymore. 4GB is basically standard now. Actually, I would go as far to say don't buy a computer without 4Gb of RAM. 4GB of RAM is SUPER cheap now if a computer does not have 4GB of RAM they most likely skimped some other place that is important. 4Gb is more than enough for anyone that is not doing anything like video editing with Adobe Premiere Pro. 4GB is still even enough for a med-high end gaming rig... you only need RAM if you are running out. Open Task Manager when you think your computer is slow due to RAM. If your ram usage is not at least 80% you don't need more and there would be absolutely zero benefit from getting anymore RAM unless it was a faster speed and EVEN then it would only be a small improvement that you will barley notice if at all... SSD is the king of all upgrades now. Trust me I have a $3,000+ custom computer. It is night and day HDD vs SSD. I will go as far to say that it is very annoying now using any computer without an SSD in it no matter how old it is. I worked on a Windows XP rig last week that had a HDD in it and I spent most of my time waiting for the HDD to load things than actually working on the computer. It was not the CPU, RAM, or GPU that was keeping me waiting it was the HDD! Current tech especially anything with a i3 processor or higher is way faster than a HDD can keep up with anymore.
 
The reason I ask is because at some point I need to upgrade my desktop. It's not a hard drive issue, as much as a processor issue. I just can't see how using a SSD could possibly be a sub for a faster processor.

For instance, I doubt that getting a SSD will make SWTOR run on my desktop; but I could see replacing my second HD with a SSD, using that as my main drive and then using the 500GB as an entertainment drive.

Make sense?
 
+Regina Woodard What CPU and GPU do you have? The only thing an SSD can improve in games is load times but for some reason it does not effect SWTOR at all.
 
I  may consider that for my desktop or laptop..
 
+Josh Simpson I have an Intel P4 single core CPUs that supposedly supposed to act like a dual core and I have a nVidia 8600 GT card. According to Windows 7, I have a pretty rocking system, if not for my CPU.

My desktop is my gaming machine, so obviously I want the better parts for it. I guess I could do what +Chris Webz would do and that's use it for my laptop, but again unless it's upgrading the CPU, I can't really see a point.
 
P4 motherboards don't have sata 2 so an ssd is not even an option
 
Ah. so an i5 it is then. Oh well. Just thought I'd ask
 
You will need a new motherboard, if your computer is a pre-built (aka Dell, HP, etc) you will need to buy a whole new one. There motherboards are almost always custom.
 
I built it; when I was working for a computer small business, I got the motherboard for free (hence why I didn't complain at the time). I've had the case forever and managed to break one of the doors the other day. >.<

I've been meaning to update it since last year when DA2 kept shutting it off. I just loaded TOR on it, but haven't played yet, though it did give me the warning that I probalby wouldn't be able to play it. I didn't even get that warning on my laptop.
 
I put the Ocz agility 3 256gb into toshiba qosmio few months ago ... Pretty impressed
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