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Old Oct 13th, 2011, 11:25 AM   #1
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Just saw this on Canada Computers site as I've been trolling around looking for deals on Solid States.

128 GB SSD for $149.99

Just over $1/GB which is amazing considering the going rate is $2+/GB depending on capacity.

I just can't get over the small sizes. But still, maybe as a bootable w/ a 2nd optibay HD?? That's still something I'm in the process of doing/considering.

IN FACT, here's a q?:

if I have a SSD bootable and a HDD for data on the same lap, is there a weakest link theory in this case? As in, am I losing the gains made w/ a SSD by keeping a HDD data drive?
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Old Oct 13th, 2011, 11:54 AM   #2
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if I have a SSD bootable and a HDD for data on the same lap, is there a weakest link theory in this case? As in, am I losing the gains made w/ a SSD by keeping a HDD data drive?
I can't say for a laptop but I did exactly that on my MacPro - best move I ever made. I have the SSD as my boot and application drive only. I always had my data on a second HDD to begin with so I just moved my Photo Music Libraries there as well.

Surprisingly, I was concerned on the smaller drive issue as well - going from a 2TB Boot drive to a 160GB SDD - after moving ALL data files to my other HDD I am actually only using 66GB of the 160GB I have. Anytime the computer does something disk related, like booting, shutting down, opening apps - it's just a fraction of the time it used to take before and it makes my aging MacPro seem like a spring chicken. Actually, I am so happy with the results that I am in the process of adding an SSD to all my computers.

As for installing an SSD in a laptop - there is a couple of methods to install this in your Optical bay which would leave the original HDD as your data drive.
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Old Oct 13th, 2011, 12:02 PM   #3
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Just saw this on Canada Computers site as I've been trolling around looking for deals on Solid States.

128 GB SSD for $149.99

Just over $1/GB which is amazing considering the going rate is $2+/GB depending on capacity.

I just can't get over the small sizes. But still, maybe as a bootable w/ a 2nd optibay HD?? That's still something I'm in the process of doing/considering.

IN FACT, here's a q?:

if I have a SSD bootable and a HDD for data on the same lap, is there a weakest link theory in this case? As in, am I losing the gains made w/ a SSD by keeping a HDD data drive?
stay away from kingston SSD....
go with this one .. you will be glad you did.
Canada Computers | Hard Drives | Patriot Wildfire 120GB SATA3 Solid State Drive, Read: 555MB/s, Write: 520MB/s (PW120GS25SSDR)
you can not compare kingston and patriot the patriot will run circles around it..
believe me when it comes SSDs you do not want to budget.
I have the SSD in the HD bay and I would put the old HD in the optical bay
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Really slow for an SSD... it doesn't matter how "cheap" it is it is still a waste of money .
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Really slow for an SSD... it doesn't matter how "cheap" it is it is still a waste of money .
Not so much about being cheap, but more seeing a sale and maybe a clearance as the new ones are rolling out.

@ macintosh doctor, yea. I've seen all the SSDs now are pushing new speeds etc. WIll do on the warnings.
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Not so much about being cheap, but more seeing a sale and maybe a clearance as the new ones are rolling out.

@ macintosh doctor, yea. I've seen all the SSDs now are pushing new speeds etc. WIll do on the warnings.
not about speeds that is just one thing. but more about the built in optimization of space and failure rate.. after all it is your data we are speaking about.
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yep. I read a few bits about the failure rate as well. Seemed like it was tied to old firmware. But many thanks.
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We've had nothing but problems with Kingston SSD's here at work. Stick to Intel, OCZ, OWC and other top names.
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Old Oct 13th, 2011, 02:46 PM   #9
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I've read way too many horror stories with OCZ to ever consider buying one of those. Just look at the Feedback on Newegg.ca... failed drive after failed drive.

Does read/write speed matter that much? How does it compare to the drives that are in the Macbook Airs? The 11" MBA I had seemed pretty darn quick, and I doubt Apple went all out with the speed of that SSD.
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OCZ has had issues but I've liked my vertex and agility models. They sell tons if them so will have more reviews then most and mos that are happy never review. Anyway apple uses Samsung drives I believe which tend to be slower but are very reliable.
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