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SSD optimize performance on my desktop machine, but it I keep its HDD on it. SSD had problems right after installation - there was a bug with NCQ (whatever that is), which I was able to turn off modifying an option in linux kernel (unfortunately, no windows on SSD for now). Moreover, it wasn't plug-and-play, I had to turn-off command ordering (an elevator algorithm used to speed up head movement on HDD). Finally, I had to put only operating system files on the SSD, because warranty expires not only with time, but with amount written (70TB), which is achievable in less than 6 months with my data usage. Using it on a system files I was able to speed up installed programs and boot-time, which is great, but SSD are definitely not suitable for complete replacement.
I've got to this post while looking for a SSD online... The one in my fabulous laptop is dying after less than 6 months of light usage! Before I decided to jump into the 21st century, I had a modest Toshiba Satellite, now over 8 y.o. That magnetic drive, as slow as it might be, has gone thru several OS-s, restores and thousands of installed programs over the years without a glitch! And it’s still doing its job faithfully to this day…
My new system is a Dell Precision M4800, equipped with an I7@2.8GHz and 32GB RAM, and came with a 256GB LITEON IT SSD drive. Impressive performance! I’ve replaced the DVD drive (useless) with a second (magnetic) 1TB drive, for data, some programs, virtual machines, etc. On SSD – just the Win7/64 and a handful of programs. By the way: what is the point to have the system booting in 10 seconds and then having the pagefile, most programs and redirecting access to a slower drive?!
I’ve noticed recently the system becoming unresponsive, while furiously accessing the HD… After days of research (the S.M.A.R.T. system proved to be a S.T.U.P.I.D. joke!), it turned out to be a failing SSD, which gave I/O errors. I’ve only used this laptop for probably 6 months, took all precautions to reduce usage of SSD. Spent days doing this – an unnecessary process on a regular drive – while enjoying the luxury of having a second drive in my laptop…
I’m not sure if I should buy a new SSD or a magnetic one… I’m old school: if I have to choose between reliability and speed/performance, I ALWAYS choose reliability!
It’s not about loss of data: I have backups, and most of it (even programs) reside on the magnetic drive anyway. It is about the loss of a drive, a drive deemed to die by design! It is about trust and the uneasy feeling that using the drive is like burning a candle!
This is in tune with where everything else is going (i.e. Win10, Office 365, etc.): you buy something, but not really own it (not for a long time, anyway). You pay a subscription. It would be a subscription, this time for hardware. It is made to expire, and every few years (or months) you have to renew it, by buying a new (expensive) drive.
Anyway, I might be subjective and maybe just an unlucky, not a typical case.
what is the point to have the system booting in 10 seconds and then having the pagefile, most programs and redirecting access to a slower drive?!
You're right: you'll boot up at most maybe five times a day, if that much, so the total time saved doesn't add up to much. However, accessing the file system or calling system functions really add up to a significant amount of time!
As for page file: don't put it on the SSD if you can avoid it. Either up your RAM to the point where you don't need one, or move it to a mechanical drive.
GOTOs are a bit like wire coat hangers: they tend to breed in the darkness, such that where there once were few, eventually there are many, and the program's architecture collapses beneath them. (Fran Poretto)
So I was just doing some online clothing shopping when I noticed a shirt of over €500!
An actual Versace.
The shirt goes well with other Versace clothing priced well over €1000.
Washing instructions: chemical.
So we have a pretty basic (dare I say ugly) t-shirt that's impossible to clean and which costs over ten times more than a regular t-shirt (up to fifty if you go for a basic t-shirt).
And people are actually happy with it.
People are weird
That's why I'm perfectly happy with Tommy Hilfiger T-Shirts. Cotton, washable, fits, and all that for about 30CHF. Not cheap, but from the shirts quality I can tell they're going to live more than a mere year.