dealswestern digital wd velociraptor 300gb 10000 rpm…

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Not to sound like an elitist, but I don't understand why anyone would buy a performance based HDD with SSD prices being very reasonable. Though you can't get a 300GB SSD for $100, you can get one PLENTY large enough to hold your OS, all your programs and basic files. You don't buy a performance based HDD for the storage space anyway.

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Not to rain on the parade, but SSD's prices have come down tremendously. Just the other day I saw the new Samsung 256GB SSD for $150 as a daily deal on eBay.

While I like the prospect of Velociraptors, I don't think this one's worth the money when SSDs can be had (and not bargain basement types, either) for a reasonable price premium over this. Now, if we are talking about larger capacity Velociraptors...

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Yeah, the low capacity is kind of a dealbreaker in light of the preponderence of 256GB SSD deals. It was good but the Raptor's reign has ended.

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I've been using this drive in my main PC for a few years and it's treated me well. I've wanted to switch to an SSD but until I can get at least a 500GB for a reasonable price this is the way to go.

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Are there still performance/life issues on writing to SSDs?
Seems a team of these guys in a big stripe configuration would still have value.

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@j5: Mainly only the OCZ drives have issues (they brought down pricing for the whole world of ssds with their atrocious defect reputation). Most of the rest will easily outlive platter drives. With the cost of electricity to feed these 10k rpm beasts, these are just no longer practical in my eyes (former owner of a Barracuda series speaking).

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@j5: I have read that SSDs have very limited write cycles, and they don't last long. Is this true?

No, it isn't true at all.

MLC consumer grade NAND will generally have 3000 to 5000 write cycles endurance. On the surface this doesn't sound like a lot. Let's say you have a 128GB SSD with 5000 write cycle MLC NAND. That means you would have to write 128GB of data per day for 5000 days to exhaust the NAND. That would take 13.7 years, but in actual fact, Intel for one, has studied typical desktop usage, and estimates that on the high end of the scale, a desktop user will write about 10GB of data per day when the SSD is used as a system drive. When you factor in write amplification, wear levelling, and deferred writes, then the NAND could last for close on 38 years. Larger SSDs given the same usage scenario will last much longer than this. However, this could potentially be reduced in the future as the manufacturing process moves to an ever smaller node size.

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It lasts for 38 years, and those complaints in thousands of reviews all over newegg and amazon are LIES, TOTAL LIES I SAY!

~cough~

Anyway, I could not be happier with my momentus xt 750gb hybrid drive in my laptop.

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@segafanalways: Not to be the internet police, but when you pull text from a review, like the one you just pulled from myce.com, please quote your source. Oh hell, I do mean to be the internet police. Book 'em Danno.

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@willamazonkillwoot: I was going to but I ran out of room and I didn't want to put a link all by itself.