Solid State Drives (SSD)

Solid state drives are getting to the price where they’re serious contenders in your home or business PC.

Why Solid State Drive (SSD)?

I run one in my Windows 7 PC and it boots in 30 seconds. Specs on the PC are middle-of-the-road dual core. Windows 7 is fast and with a solid state drive it’s blistering.

Solid state drives has fast fetch times making them ideal for running OS and programs, while another drive takes on the storage duties. They’re also low power consumers and are entirely silent (making them ideal for HTPC applications).

Figures for SSDs can be a little misleading when comparing to normal drives. Solid state drives have no moving parts, making them much faster at reading non-sequential data. Whereas a normal drive still compares favorably for sequential reads. The combination of SSD and normal drive in the same machine, OS and programs on the SSD, gives a great balance of speed and capacity.

Which SSDs

Not all solid state drives are born equal. For instance OCZ produce a range of SSDs which vary in speed from read speeds of 275Mb/s to 135Mb/s. Write times vary from 240Mbs down to 70Mb/s. For some applications (like home theatre PCs) having a silent and energy efficient drive is important and speed is not a concern. But if you’re chasing speed then make sure you buy top-end gear.

The OCZ drive shown above is $380 from Pogo. The Team drive is $480 from Pogo

The drive shown above is only $100 and would be a great master drive for a home theatre PC. My own home theatre PC is a fanless PC with an SSD hard drive, meaning it is totally silent. Storage is centralized in cheap and efficient networked storage located in another room.

Solid state drives are one of the best upgrades currently  available. Just be specific about what you want out of your SSD and buy accordingly. For more information contact Pogo.

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