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Zindela
Caldari
School of Applied Knowledge
Posted - 2011.08.01 04:46:00 - [1]
 

Edited by: Zindela on 01/08/2011 04:47:01
Hey all,

I'm thinking of replacing the standard rotating HDD in my laptop with a SSD. I'm thinking about 120GB will be enough for my needs. Between my external drive, and the internet, I have all the storage I really need. All I'll have installed is the OS, starcraft, and EVE. Along with a few other school related programs (visual studio, word processor, etc.)

Anyone have advice that may be helpful? I know my way around hardware quite well, and in windows at least, the software is easy enough to figure out.

Anything I should check to make sure the SSD will be compatible with my computer?

If it makes any difference the laptop is a Sony EB series, about 1 year old.



Also, been thinking about partitioning the drive, and installing a derivative of Linux onto the second partition. Crazy? Stupid? Will 120 GB be enough for 2 OS, and a few programs?



edit: any brand/series recommendations?

Thanks

Zindela

Lithalnas
Amarr
Privateers
Privateer Alliance
Posted - 2011.08.01 05:23:00 - [2]
 

well a lot of the newer drives have worked a lot of the bugs out. All you really need is TRIM and a Sandforce controller. Intel's have their own system of weird controllers so they are equally good. All you really have to not do to not screw up is buy a newer drive. I am betting your laptop doesnt have sata 6gb/s so thats not really the issue its just getting a solid drive.

That being said OCZ are good value, Corsair had a recall recently but their new revision is good as well. Kingston and Patriot are both making sandforce based SSDs with trim.

Headerman
Minmatar
Quovis
Shadow of xXDEATHXx
Posted - 2011.08.01 07:14:00 - [3]
 

I'd be looking at OCZ drives first up. Speed and reliability are both very good with nearly every drive they have released.

I have a vertex 2 120GB 2.5" drive in my PC as the C drive and it makes everything amazingly fast.

Vertex 3's are out now too, they are faster ofc.

Still, check out both the vertex 2 and 3, someone might be having a sale on the Vertex 2 for a cheap bargain you will love :)

CCP Stillman

Posted - 2011.08.01 10:26:00 - [4]
 

I have a Corsair F120, which has worked very well. In general, you'll probably want to at least get a drive with a sandforce controller. I know of at least 2 of my friends who has Vertex 2 drives, which uses sandforce too, and they're supposedly also working quite well for them.

dexington
Caldari
Baconoration
Posted - 2011.08.01 10:38:00 - [5]
 

Originally by: Zindela
Also, been thinking about partitioning the drive, and installing a derivative of Linux onto the second partition. Crazy? Stupid? Will 120 GB be enough for 2 OS, and a few programs?


120GB is enough for both windows and linux, linux don't need a lot of space if you mount /usr on a normal disk.

Reiisha
Veto Corp
Posted - 2011.08.01 22:15:00 - [6]
 

Edited by: Reiisha on 01/08/2011 22:40:47
Crucial C300 128 or 256gb.

I have an Intel 320 120gb, but it was a choice between either that and the Crucial. Both have phenomenally good reviews, i went with the intel because of reliability originally, but some batches seem to have a crippling bug so i cant recommend it to others at the moment untill Intel releases some solid info on it.

Untill then the Crucial C300 is probably your best bet in terms of speed and reliability - I've heard less than pleasant things about the new Sandforce stuff otherwise.


Any SSD is compatible with your PC/laptop (as long as it's the 2.5" form factor, there are a few 3.5" ones). It acts just like a normal hard disk if you have Windows 7, aside from a few special bits you won't need to worry about.


 

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