3D NAND chips to increase solid state drive capacity, reduce cost

By Shawn Knight · 5 replies
Jun 28, 2012
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  1. I've been saying for a number of years that a solid state drive is the single best upgrade you can do to improve your computer's overall performance but the reality is that SSDs haven't been a viable option for mainstream……

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  2. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 3,000   +1,319

    10 cents a gig sounds good.
  3. Sounds good; our kids will live to see it in action .. maybe ;)
  4. The irony is that nothing in the article never talks about reliability, which is the main reason why I avoid them at all cost. To give you an example; the combined age of my 4 hard drives is more than 16 years....try to find an SSD that's that reliable, not to mention that most SSDs that fail, will make you lose ALL data, but on the other hand you can often predict when a hard drive fails and even when it does full unexpectedly, most data is often not lost. Sure, you can decide to only use it as a system drive, but when I read about all the blue screen horror, a blue screen that I haven't seen in 7 years, then I just have another reason to steer away from them, even if I would love to have the speed, but reliability is for me much more important. I haven't even started about the price either.... heck....4 years ago I already bought a 640K drive for like 65 bucks....4 years ago...
  5. Correction:

    never = ever
    full = totally
    ...and other mistakes, sorry it's 5PM over here.
  6. If you're using an SSD and not putting all your critical data on a hard drive, then you're doing it wrong right off the bat. I know SSD's don't last very long, maybe 3-5 years depending on the model and manufacturing process, but they are one of the best investments for a person who just wants everything to open as soon as you click it. I don't know what the speed comparisons between 10k RPM HDD's and SSD's are, but I'd wager that most SSD's are faster than HDD's.

    I understand the concern about the reliability of SDD's and it's a perfectly legitimate claim, but keep in mind that SSD's are really only designed for performance, not holding your sensitive data.

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