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Solid State Drives (SSD)

June 6th, 2008

Adding a solid state drive to your laptop or workstation will dramatically improve performance, but it’s also a major investment. Here at foto-tech we generally don’t concern ourselves with trivial things such as the cost of technology, but in this case we had to take notice. These drives cost more than than many of the computers they are used in. This is the cost of owning a piece of technology that’s really new and really good:

32 GB= $500-800
64 GB =$1K-2K
128 GB = $3-4K

Benchmark tests that compare SSD’s to conventional hard drives show the SSD’s beating the pants off of the old spinners in read speeds. Windows and OSX startup times are cut in half, etc. Random write speeds are not dramatically increased on flash based SSDs. They also use less power, generate less heat, are more shock durable, and better tolerate climate changes.
SSD doesn’t work well with all controller chipsets, so careful consideration of the machine you intend to use one in is necessary. These drives do not need to be defragmented as fragmentation does not hinder them in any way, and defragmenting them will actually shorten the drives life.

Memoright seems to be leading the pack right now: Tom’s Review | Buy at MyDigitalDiscount

Note: Most modern Digital Imaging software relies on cache and scratch disk to fulfill needs for memory that exceed available RAM. Setting up the drives for these functions is very important. It’s not a good idea to use the same drive that your OS or Files reside on. Cache and scratch operations are very taxing on hard drives and the process of writing and rewriting constantly tends to fragment the drives.

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