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    SSD or HDD on network?

    Hi all,

    Have any of you any experience with ssd's as main/ only hdd on your enterprise clients? i am about go lease another round of 100 small forms and am considering 128ssd instead of 500gb standard drives and was wondering if this would/ has presented any problems with anyone. i know network is the main contention with speed logging on etc. but for video editing etc, i was thinking that this may be a good option. Thoughts please.

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    I think it would be a great idea, one thing to consider though could be the user profiles?

    - Will you leave them on the local drive, to speed up logging on (the "preparing your desktop" first run issue would be gone) but then the drives could potentially fill up quite quickly at 128gb depending on exposure to different students.
    - obviously deleting the profile at log off will ensure you keep a good amount of drive space, but will that not incur the speed hit of the first run every time a user logs on?

    Forgive me if i have been stupid and missed something that would give you the best of both. just my 2c

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    We have about 75 SSDs fitted around school and it is well worth it. Vast improvement on login times, very handy in shared classrooms at end of lesson etc plus.

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    SSD all the way your never go back to HDD

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    SSDs! It's a no brainer.

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    We've switched staff laptops to SSD here now, and had zero complaints. 128GB seems plenty at the moment for most of our staff too. For the single member of staff who needed more (for video), we bought them an external disk for storing their video on.

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    We have only fitted SSD to PCs we've been buying for around two years now. Gradually HDDs are going as we either replace the machines or upgrade them - we should be somewhere near 75% SSD soon. No comparison in performance and reliability terms.

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    oh god yes yes do it it's amazing.

    We have around half our network, 250 machines, with 128GB SSDs in now instead of HDDs. Our largest install footprint, the hot swap machines with absolutely everything installed, use 90GB of space. User profiles won't ever get to 30GB, or shouldn't at least - in my experience students tend to sit at the same machine every lesson so that limits how many people log on.

    It doesn't just improve boot speed, it improves the speed of every program you open and the responsiveness of the OS as a whole. We elected to spend the money upgrading older machines rather than throwing out and replacing last summer, and ended up improving 50% more machines for only 25% of the cost if we'd bought all new machines. We won't buy machines without them now.

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    What processors are in these machines you are upgrading?

    I have an SSD at home, and did look at putting some SSDs in our machines to improve speed but when you look at performance manager etc, the CPU is being smashed to pieces anyway, so I wonder if ours aren't worth an SSD after all.

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    SSD's all the way, like others have said, I wouldn't buy a pc without one these days.

    Massive improvement to even the oldest machines (Sempron CPU).

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    CPUs - mix of Core 2 Duo, Sandy/Ivybridge i3, AMD E-450, AMD A8, Phenom II. SSD is worth it even with older stuff - if it has AHCI support, it'll get an SSD here.

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    Don't cheap out though, good SSDs are a world apart from the cheapest. Samsung 840 EVOs get my vote (and my money) at the moment.

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    We have original dual cores (1.2Ghz), which are extremely slow sometimes but the processor is always working away excessively, hence SSDs might not be a solution.

    Maybe I will buy a couple and test them.

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    SSD absolutely. No more machines getting knocked over/about and having a slow or non functioning PC as a result. Not from storage anyway. The applications are still run locally usually so it makes a lot of difference there, especially on the big stuff like Solidworks or Adobe CS

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    Wow, this is great. It's unusual to get such consensus in such a forum. Thanks everyone indeed.

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