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Solid State Drives (SSD's)


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#1 Hawkeye4

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Posted 26 March 2010 - 11:35 AM

The cost of Solid State Drives (SSD's) have been coming down quite a bit, can these be used instead of HD's and is there anything I have to do to get it to install other than putting it in the computer?

And do they use Sata/IDE and install just like the 3.5" HD?

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Posted 26 March 2010 - 11:54 AM

Interesting you brought this topic up because I was just researching sdd drives less than an hour ago, you must have ESP or something.

I was reading up on a review of a Plextor PX 128 M1S solid state drive to see if it performs better then a regular SATA drive.

According to the specs it has a 2.5 inch form factor.

The power connecter is 15 pin SATA for +5 Volts DC input.

The data connector is a 7 pin SATA connector.\

And it comes with installation software as well.

So as much as I am not refering this particular product to you, I have only provided this information to you so you have an idea of how this type of hardware would connect to your computer.

Hope this has helped.
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Posted 27 March 2010 - 02:02 AM

Any other things to look for while trying this? Will it bolt right into the HD slots, etc.? Has anyone else done it or is it even worth it? And do they last?

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Posted 27 March 2010 - 07:28 AM

They're the same as a 2.5" SATA laptop hard drive. I have an OCZ Vertex in my HP laptop, it slots in exactly the same and just works as a very fast hard drive.
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Posted 27 March 2010 - 08:43 AM

Any other things to look for while trying this? Will it bolt right into the HD slots, etc.? Has anyone else done it or is it even worth it? And do they last?


Well being that they are fairly new to the market and there are no moving parts, the only room for failure would be a bad solder joint from the factory or improper handeling.

I suggest before you buy any sdd device, you check out any of the customer reviews related to that drive's performance, along with its pro and cons and feedback from actual customers.

Of course a major concern would be, can the chips over-heat at some point causing any data loss, keep an eye out for any mention of that in the reviews you come accross and try to avoid that model number.
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