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    Laptop Hard Drive Replacement?

    Samsung Electronics unveils new SSD - Yahoo! News UK

    Do you think this would replace the hard drives in laptops or even some desktops? I think it will have a good chance due to the amount of data it can hold and the solid state factor. But will it be cost effective?

    What do you think?

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    Im not sure - don't they have a really short life or something?

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    The life of SSD is similar in length to a hard disk now, or at least it is of sufficient length to survive the lifetime of a laptop.

    Apple include SSD disks in their MacBook Air laptops, and the EeePC uses flash.

    Price is the issue here though, as they cost a fortune.

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    As already mentioned, they'll take off providing the price is right. The in thing at the moment is going green and SSD consume less power and run completely silent. They will become the standard, but as with anything new it comes at a price.

    Look at Blu-ray, month by month it's coming down in price. Eventually all PC's will come with Blu-ray drives as standard, providing the price is right. At the moment they're found in just high end systems and I expect the same to happen with SSD systems.

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    Flash memory is falling in price - £2 per Gb is not uncommon now for USB sticks compared to 50p per Gb on normal laptop hard drives.
    That does make it more expensive but if you had a laptop with (say) a 20Gb flash drive it would cost about the same as an 80Gb normal drive and in a schoool/college would probably be fine (our image size is well under 10Gb) That means you could ship laptops with SSD at about the same price as standard hard drive machines.

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    Toms Hardware has a little more info Samsung Announces 256 GB MLC SATA II SSD

    Here's a quote from the item.

    Samsung revealed little or nothing with regard to the price of either the 256 GB version or the 1.8-inch version, however, the company claims that the 256 GB "will mark the largest capacity SSD from the global market leader in SSD sales, effectively eliminating density as a barrier to SSD adoption in the consumer space."

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