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    Want a cheap SSD?

    Crucial Solid-State Drive Refurbished Promotion

    72p per gig, including VAT.
    So for a 64gb model thats a smidge over £46.

    Limited time deal and they are refurbs but still - that shouldn't be missed IMO.

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    Am I the only one who finds it ironic

    Want a cheap SSD?-capture.jpg

    (aka, Reliable + Durable, yet broke so needs refurb? )

    Steve

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    Heh, true Then again "refurb" can also mean "unwanted and returned"

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    They are notoriously unreliable, but some people find the advantages so great that they are willing to put up with replacing them once a year. I haven't gotten one yet, but thinking of it for the next family PC (stop the "Why does it take so long to boot up?" moans)
    Just got to make sure you have a rock-solid backup in place before you make the jump.

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    With the full warranty that shouldn't be an issue really. Haven't had any reliability problems as yet, mostly as I don't buy crap ones
    However think twice if you have a P35 chipset core2duo system - you'll need a hacky bios to make them work properly.
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    This is an interesting page regarding the quality of SSDs:

    Coding Horror: The Hot/Crazy Solid State Drive Scale

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    Interesting but with absolutely no information whatsoever. What the hell is he doing with them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by synaesthesia View Post
    Interesting but with absolutely no information whatsoever. What the hell is he doing with them?
    Developers, just enough knowlege to be really, really, really dangerous Its possibly the one environment harsher than a junior classroom.

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    Surely not? Do you really want to give us nightmares?

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    Quote Originally Posted by synaesthesia View Post
    Surely not? Do you really want to give us nightmares?
    I was brought up to share, rude not to etc.

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    I won't be able to sleep now with that in my mind!

    In all honesty though, I really do wonder what he's doing, what he's running them on etc. For all we know, he could be using them on a SATA chipset that doesn't support them properly, XP without TRIM additions, old Linux kernels or doing a constant read/write cycle high enough to saturate his SATA bandwidth. Very scaremongery without any actual detail

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    Quote Originally Posted by synaesthesia View Post
    I won't be able to sleep now with that in my mind!

    In all honesty though, I really do wonder what he's doing, what he's running them on etc. For all we know, he could be using them on a SATA chipset that doesn't support them properly, XP without TRIM additions, old Linux kernels or doing a constant read/write cycle high enough to saturate his SATA bandwidth. Very scaremongery without any actual detail
    Given standard developer patterns he probably has half a dozen database engines running at once on it, those along with the continuous running of test statments against them would probably be enough to cook off the write cycles all by itself let alone the compiles and OS overhead.

    Along with a possibly misconfigured or plain old system (XP - which some devs run refusing to keep up with the times) such failures would be easily explainable.

    SSDs still seem to have a higher failure rate than hard drives (well apart from WD ones ) so backups are especially important.

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    I bought 20 OCZ SSD's a month ago. I've installed 6 and 2 have failed so far......

    Having said that, I bought 10 a year ago and put them into Citrix servers running 24/7 and they've been fine.

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    That's an extremely odd failure rate for SSDs from everything I've been reading.

    However, I wouldn't be putting anything important on an SSD anyway - OS and apps only, documents on a NAS or local SATA array. If something needs high speed but is important, I'll have it backing up with something like Dropbox from that drive, so I always have an up to date backup.

    But then again, I do that with normal drives too!

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    Well exactly - backups are key! Only OS on mine home PC, profiles and data are on mech drives (good ol' Samsung F3's!)



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