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Hardware Thread, Crucial C300 64Gb SSD in Technical; Has anybody used them? Are they good? Looking at getting a load of them in my new desktops? I seem ...
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    Crucial C300 64Gb SSD

    Has anybody used them? Are they good?

    Looking at getting a load of them in my new desktops? I seem to have got a really good price on the job lot so i'm a bit sceptical.

    I can't say i've ever purchased a solid state drive so i'm not 100% sure.

    What do people think?

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    I've got 2 of these - one in my main PC and one in my media PC. Both work great, windows boots in a couple of seconds.

    The one in my main PC has been used for 10 months with never a hiccup.

    If I ever get the cash at work I'll buy the next batch of staff laptops with them in, it should minimize the "slow" boot issues.

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    I'm contemplating buying 300! but tbh getting 3 year warrantys on the machines so they should be ok!

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    After formatting, you'll only have 59GBs of disk space to play with. Do you think this would be sufficient to last three (or more) years?

    HDDs are almost always the slowest part of a PC so I think it's a great idea.

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    We've looked into it and we think we should be ok - there is not much apart from OS (win 7) and the apps which are required on the machines (cs3 being the biggest). Our current image with the largest bits of software installed is currently 25gb so that leaves us with 35gb to play with. I had hoped for CS5 but thats been thrown out the window.

    I'm going to need to make a new image for these machines but that should be fairly straight forward and hopefully the speed should increase dramatically.

    hoepfully the windows machines will then boot in a similar time to my old rubbish laptop that runs ubuntu (around 9 seconds past post to login screen!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    After formatting, you'll only have 59GBs of disk space to play with. Do you think this would be sufficient to last three (or more) years?

    HDDs are almost always the slowest part of a PC so I think it's a great idea.
    128gb ssd's ??

    That would give about 110gb ??

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    Quote Originally Posted by mac_shinobi View Post
    128gb ssd's ??

    That would give about 110gb ??
    i'm looking at 64gb ssds

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    Quote Originally Posted by glennda View Post
    i'm looking at 64gb ssds
    Is that just because of the price ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mac_shinobi View Post
    Is that just because of the price ?
    nope i just don't think i need bigger atm. I've been running 7 on around 10 machines in offices etc which are currently using around 40gb and have been running for 8/9 months with it so why would i need more?

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    @glennda:

    What spec workstations will you be putting them into?

    It seems a lot to buy in one go as they will all fail around the same time then you will have to replace them all again would it not be better to do them in batches of 50?

    Must be nice to have that amount of money to spend on just HDDs (Just envious hehe!)

    But then again did all my spending over the past 2 years.

    My advice would be to purchase 10 and see how they go then if all is well go for it.

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    although i am looking at the ocz 90gb one aswell in a price comparision.

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    windows 7 is aprox 10gb
    office 2010 is about 10gb

    paging file on the hard drive must be between 5 - 10 gb and the hard drive still needs 15% free to defrag

    That's without temp files or any other apps or data that the user creates and if there are network slow downs for whatever reason we normally advise users to temporarily copy data to there computer , work on said file(s) and copy them back afterwards.

    I know this is SSD's we are talking about but looking at reviews the more the ssd's are filled up the slower they either are or get in comparison to not having one that is full or near full.

    Also normal hard drives even after defragging etc are slower the more data they contain or store, I have this on my work computer and when I delete data it seems more responsive in comparison to not having much room on it and I know it is defragged all the time as I have ultra defrag which runs everytime I reboot and I reboot at least once a day.

    The other thing with sandforce based controllers is if they get bad sectors if they have storage space that is not used they can get the relevant sectors ignored ( the bad ones ) and use free space in place of the bad sectors

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    Quote Originally Posted by bossman View Post
    @glennda:

    What spec workstations will you be putting them into?

    It seems a lot to buy in one go as they will all fail around the same time then you will have to replace them all again would it not be better to do them in batches of 50?

    Must be nice to have that amount of money to spend on just HDDs (Just envious hehe!)

    But then again did all my spending over the past 2 years.

    My advice would be to purchase 10 and see how they go then if all is well go for it.
    They are going in brand new pc's which i am purchasing!

    They are going to be either core i3 or Core i5 (probably i3 tbh) with 4gb ram custom built for us!

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    I wish i had your bank account. I want 300 of these!
    They should improve loading times dramatically. I guess youíre using windows 7? I think Iím right in saying you need windows 7 to get full benefits.

    64 GB seems a little on the low side for me, but it seems like you've done your research and donít need any bigger.
    OCZ ssd's are supposed to be fairly good as well. Have you looked at these?

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    Opps you clearly said your using windows 7, sorry^^

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    Quote Originally Posted by mac_shinobi View Post
    windows 7 is aprox 10gb
    office 2010 is about 10gb
    My image is around 26gb last time i checked, It is win 7, office 2010, Adobe Cs3 (not the full version), macoromedia suite (dreamweaver, fireworks, flash, another one). and a whole host of others

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