SSDs and hard drives.

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aznwarrior
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I was planning to get an ssd to put my os on, until I found out they were so expensive.. I was wondering, what would be the best way to go if you want to put your os on a hard drive? If you get a good performance hard drive, would the system be faster like on a ssd, but not as fast? In other words, what i'm thinking is that if a get a seperate western digital caviar black hard drive, (which is the faster hard drives) and if i put my os on it, would it sort of be faster than the os on normal hard drive? or would it not make much of a difference putting my os on a separate hard drive?

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yes, it would be slightly faster due to the black having a higher RPM. Also, the black and the blue are best for an OS as opposed to green, which is better for data. Putting the OS on a separate HDD would also be useful if something would happen where you would need to reinstall your OS, you wouldn't have to worry about backing up your files that you wanna keep unless you're running in RAID 0.

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"Green" is all about energy efficiencies, as in variable spin rate. Screaming data throughput isn't the goal there.

As far as SSD drives are concerned, remember that it is memory. Big, massive flash drives, basically, so of course they are going to be expensive! There are some newer SSD hybrid drives (magnetic drives with a 4-8Gb SSD integrated) that are quite fast, but typically they are 2.5" "laptop" type drives, so the magnetic portion typically tops out at 5400.

Silverstone released the HDDBOOST product, that lets you attach a 2.5" SSD to a magnetic drive, and they essentially do what the hybrids do. More often used data lives on the SSD, and it can REALLY pick up your system. I'm intending to use it on a couple of 2Tb 64Mb cache 7200RPM drives with 60Gb SSDs on the next build for me.

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I'm waiting until the prices drops low enough for the size I need. At this time 500GB of SSD is just too much. The speeds of these PCI-Express SSD cards is even better.. I can't wait.

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Just wait. Development on flash memory is overtaking magnetic. In 5 years SSDs will replace magnetic disks in much the same way LCDs replaced CRTs.

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which will be awesome cause I have always wanted an SSD but never wanted to pay the massive cash for a decent sized one...