View Full Version : SSD drives or fast hdd?

30-07-2011, 07:16 PM
Hi all. Wanting to upgrade the hard drive in netbook.

At moment it has a Seagate Momentus 250-GB sata hdd.

Im not to worryed about lots of storage as Im running a 32gb SD card in netbook for storing files on and wireless network to main pc.

What Im wanting to know is it worth going SSD or just get the fastest 2.5 hdd.

Also whats the lifespan of a SSD when running windows and software on it?

Looking at spending $50 to $200 on drive.


30-07-2011, 07:59 PM
If you're happy with only ~60GB, I'd go for an SSD, should get a 60 or 64gb for around $180 - $200. Else go for a Momentus XT.

30-07-2011, 08:15 PM
Yeh would be happy with 60. or even 32gb.

Also would a CF to SATA Converter with a 32gb CF card in it be worth lookiing at?

30-07-2011, 08:24 PM
No, CompactFlash is pigslow, unless it's CFast.

30-07-2011, 08:34 PM
Ok sweet will forget about that then.

Also I just had a look at this. Very interesting.

30-07-2011, 09:25 PM
Patriot Torqx 2 SSD 2.5 SATA 32GB is looking good. What you all think.

Speedy Gonzales
30-07-2011, 10:42 PM
What version of windows is it? 32 GB wont take long to fill up. You planning on putting anything else on it, besides windows?

30-07-2011, 11:06 PM
Windows XP Pro. Just had a look on my main pc thats running XP Pro with all my programs on it and its only using 15.7gb. I would be storeing my files on a external hdd or the SD card I have.

31-07-2011, 09:05 AM
SSD far more bump-tolerant than a HDD - very relevant when in a laptop, howver, SSD typically expensive, and has limited write-rewrite lifecycle (correct me if I'm out of date in that regard).

I'm assuming W7 has had more tuning to limit the constant writes that Windows makes to the drive. Greater use of onboard RAM cache would be beneficial wrt SSD lifespan.

31-07-2011, 02:01 PM
I wouldn't worry too much about the lifetime of an SSD, they will generally last as long as, if not longer than, a hard drive. the primary thing you should be concerned with is trim support (or lack thereof) in Windows xp. As far as I know, your best option is an Intel or ocz drives as they have tools which you need to run every couple days, which is similar to trim in Windows 7. also you'll need to disable automatic disk defragmenting in xp. either that, or upgrade to Windows 7 :)


31-07-2011, 02:53 PM
Thanks man. Yeh. upgrading to windows7 could be a go to as I have it but dont use it. :)

31-07-2011, 06:17 PM
Thanks man. Yeh. upgrading to windows7 could be a go to as I have it but dont use it. :)

hell yeah, go for it! what's your hardware specs?


31-07-2011, 06:38 PM
Intel atom N475 1.83ghz, 2gb DDR3

HP Mini 210 1131UT.

31-07-2011, 06:47 PM
sounds good to me, just install it when you get the ssd


31-07-2011, 09:04 PM
Yeh. :) Was looking at installed Mac OSx on it but there is problems with the wireless I was reading.

01-08-2011, 01:34 PM
I wouldnt upgrade to 7 with only an atom proc!....If using XP, will will need to get a good brand SSD, that does garbage collection to keep the SSD at peek performance

01-08-2011, 10:10 PM
My impression on reading a few reviews is the Intel SSD,s have historically proven reliable.

03-08-2011, 09:38 PM
So I picked up some parts today.

1x Seagate Momentus XT ST95005620AS Solid State Hybrid Hard Disk Drive, 500GB, 7200rpm, 32MB Cache, SATA 3 Gb/s, 4GB Solid State Storage.

1x Corsair CMSO2GX3M1A1333C9 2GB PC-10600 (1333MHz) 204-pin SO-DIMM DDR3 RAM, non ECC, unbuffered, CL9-9-9-24.

1x Asus SDRW-08D2S-U DVD Writer, DVD 8R/8W/8RW, CD 24R/24W/16RW, External, USB 2, Black.

Have installed the ram and run mem test and passed. Still got to install the HDD just burning off the factory recovery disc's at moment.

Should be a lot faster now :)

08-08-2011, 04:03 PM
Windows XP Pro sp3 32bit and win7 Ultimate 64bit.

Should be good. :)

Had to slipstream the drivers onto the windows xp disc as hdd wasnt getting picked up.