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Affordable SSD Drives?

Discussion in 'Tech Talk - Gadgets, Gizmos and Technology' started by Mark Holtz, Jun 24, 2012.

  1. dpeters11

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    Intel's certainly are good, but have not been problem free in the past. Crucial does also make a very good one in the M4.
     
  2. dmspen

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    My friend Jay (RIP) worked for the Santa Clara School System in the 50s. In 1958 (!) he had to upgrade their 'computer' with more memory. 1 MB was $48000.:eek2:
     
  3. Mark Holtz

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    I've set up price watches on CamelCamelCamel and CamelEgg for $180 for the 256GB models of the following:
    • OCZ Vertex 4
    • Crucial m4
    They seem to be the best models out there, although I am willing to listen to suggestions beyond Intel (too much of a price premium). Of course, some suggestions for some good trayless drive bays would be nice too.

    How is the "Out-of-box" install experience for the Linux distros and SSD?
     
  4. dpeters11

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    Just be sure to use a fairly recent distro and ext4, which is the default at least for Ubuntu.
     
  5. P Smith

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    SSD 240 GB/6 Gbps for $179 at Fry's http://www.frys.com/search?search_t..._string=6989047&submit.x=19&submit.y=10&cat=0
     
  6. DJ Rob

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    I've heard a few bad things about the OCZ ones. I got a couple of 256GB Crucial M4's for $179 a piece from Amazon about a month ago and they have been great. No problems whatsoever. I'm using them in laptops and it makes a big difference in speed... even the one that is an i7 which was already fast.
     
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    I am sorry that I missed that deal!
     
  8. scooper

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    +1 - I still will not buy anything Sony after the rootkit fiasco....
     
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    I bought 2 of those from Amazon when they had them for that price as well. Also bought a Samsung 830 256GB SSD from Newegg when they had them for $189.99 the last week of June (they are currently $274 though): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147164

    Prices fluctuate almost daily, and by quite a bit.
     
  10. Mark Holtz

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    Amazon is price matching it. I put one on order. In a few months, I'll probably pick up some at a lower price.
     
  11. Mark Holtz

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    So, the drive is on order, and should be arriving Monday or Tuesday. I am just going to migrate an existing Windows 7 64-bit drive to the SSD. I'm using Acronis True Image to back up my drives. I've looked over the instructions from Lifehacker and was wondering.... won't TrueImage do the adjustment when I do the restore from a backup?

    Also, I'm thinking that I have to switch my GigaByte GA-EP45-UD3L to ACHI mode in order to better utilize the commands for SSD. Thoughts?
     
  12. P Smith

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    I would use ACHI, at least it handle how-swap for non-system drives.
     
  13. Mark Holtz

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  15. P Smith

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    I did switch to AHCI in a BIOS before installation - simple and easy way.
     
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    I've had two of the Crucial M4 256GB SSDs for about 6 months now. Excellent drives (i'll never buy a hard drive for booting from again). I hear the Samsung 830 is now the top dog. I've been waiting for a deal to get one.
     
  17. 3HaloODST

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    I wouldn't exactly group the Intel SSDs into the "affordable" category but I have 2 X25-Vs and a 120GB 520 series and they are great! The benefit of the Intels is their firmware and their software is great as well. Not to mention their speed!
     
  18. RasputinAXP

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    Warning about AHCI: some of the time you can just switch it. In my case because of full-disk encryption, that's not possible.

    Kaboom.
     
  19. Mark Holtz

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    I got the drive today. I am still wrapping my head around the fact as to how SMALL the drive is, considering that I usually deal with the big huge 3.5" drives. I used to think that Spock used 3.5" disks on TOS, now I'm wondering if he was actually using these drives.
     

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