Should I go SSD?

slc-green-house-ssd-hard-driveThis is a question that I get quite a bit, so I figured I’d post my thoughts on the matter here. For those that don’t know, an SSD stands for Solid State Drive. SSD drives are finally coming down in price and making them a great substitute for the older “spinning” drive. One of the primary reasons is that the SSD requires far less power to keep it running which is a huge plus if you are installing it in a laptop. You will find that an SSD will improve your battery life, because it takes less power to run an SSD over powering the older mechanical spinning drives. One of the other benefits is seek (or read) time. The SSD handles reads and writes much more efficiently than its mechanical counterpart. The SSD boot times will be super fast compared to its mechanical counterpart.

Now for the other side of the coin, mechanical drives do have their uses. If you are running a desktop and need a lot of storage, the older mechanical path is your best bet. While the SSD’s are fast, they don’t have a massive storage capacity for a reasonable price. An example that I found was at Best Buy. A  1TB mechanical drive will cost you $277.00, while a 1TB SSD drive will cost you $850.00.

The bottom line – Your primary benefit right now for an SSD would be in a laptop configuration where battery power is a consideration. That being said as prices continue to drop, while size goes up, I would be all for putting an SSD in everything I own, as I have a need for speed.

What do you think? Post it in the comments.

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2 thoughts on “Should I go SSD?

  1. there are a couple of other things that go into this discussion. One is the question of write limits. You know, like that thumb drive you use ALL the time that finally quits working and won’t let you write to it anymore but you cna still read from it? If you copy all your stuff on it somewhere else and reformat that thumb drive, you’re good to go. It is sort of understood that SSD drives will experience the same situation, but the limit is much,much higher. Exactly how high, I haven’t been able to find out. So to minimize the problem with not knowing, it’s recommended that when possible, use the SSD for the operating system and use a mechanical drive for data. YOu write a lot more to data than you do to the OS. And NEVER, EVER, EVER defrag an SSD drive. In reality today’s drives don’t benefit from that process anyway, with better operating systems and bigger drives, but that whole moving blocks around adds write sequences to the drive. The only way to make sure you don’t have these problems? Say it with me–backup, backup, backup.

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    • thanks for the kind words, and I will definitely be visiting your site. You do raise some good points. However the issue with the amount of write times is correct, I myself use an SSD in my MacBook Air. The thing that prevents multiple writes to a specific space, this is handled by the OS. Mac and Windows Vista and later will randomly write to the same area. There is a randomization algorithm that handles this.

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