Corsair 128GB 2.5" SATAII Solid State Hard Drive for £169.99 @ ebuyer - HotUKDeals
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cheapest 128gb and about as good as the 64gb samsung ones.

samsung:
- Read Speed of 90MB/s
- Write Speed of 70MB/s
- Onboard 64MB Cache
- Samsung Controller

corsair:
- Read Speed of 90MB/s
- Write Speed of 70MB/s
- Onboard 128MB Cache
- Samsung Controller
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#1
I think for the extra £12 i would buy 2x64gb and put them in raid0... twice the speed?
#2
most people got a laptop and 1 hdd slot
#3
Why aren't these SSDs much cheaper? Are they really that expensive to make?
#4
they cost a lot to make atm, but prices half every 18 months.
#5
Well I guess you can't argue with the performance. I just hoped that since they've been out for a while they should be getting cheaper at a faster rate.

CD-Rs in 2002 when I got my first combo drive..!
#6
Does anyone know if this will fit in an acer aspire 1, can i just swap it with the 8gb ssd already on it?
#7
I'm waiting for the 256GB to come down to the £100'ish mark before I upgrade.

128GB is still not usable size for me.
#8
£170 for 128GB

Is it really worth it for a small performance increase?
#9
effortless
£170 for 128GB

Is it really worth it for a small performance increase?


No. The only reason you should get one of these is probably if you're using a laptop or if you're just one of those people with alot of extra cash.
#10
i installed a 32gig ssd in my htpc to reduce the noise
#11
Hosain H
No. The only reason you should get one of these is probably if you're using a laptop or if you're just one of those people with alot of extra cash.


Their is also the main advantage with the fact that the data should be more safe as they have no moving parts, Hence they should last indefinably, Where an hard drive can fail.
#12
Prices are getting there, again personally wouldn't buy yet, but to think this time last year people were paying this much for a raptor, it is impressive
#13
Decent Price for the size for an SSD

but lookup

RunCore Pro IV 2.5 SATA
for one of the fastest

SSD are the way to go on a laptop or ultra mobile computer or netbook
they generate less heat and can take more nocks etc
1 Like #14
maroo1
Does anyone know if this will fit in an acer aspire 1, can i just swap it with the 8gb ssd already on it?
Unfortunately not, due to ZIF connector - apparently, a 1.8" PATA (Not SATA) hard drive will just about fit such as the 60gb Samsung HS06THB, but you have to pretty much deconstruct the whole machine which will naturally invalidate your warranty.

Robert
#15
smokedog
I'm waiting for the 256GB to come down to the £100'ish mark before I upgrade.

128GB is still not usable size for me.


heh, 3 of my desktops have 32GB SSDs for the OS and it all fits no problem.. this machine has a 64GB and its 2/3 empty, so i wasted money getting bigger than i needed.. oh well, maybe one day i'll find a use for the extra 32GB (very much doubt it though, they'd need to be some huge applications.) obviously all games and media are on other HDDs..
I can't understand really why people need SSDs this large (unless they have only one bay in a laptop!)
#16
effortless
£170 for 128GB

Is it really worth it for a small performance increase?


No, but it is worth it for the HUGE performance increase.
#17
heh, liddlefeesh and Smiff are back for another round.. of educating those who poo-poo the mighty SSD* ;) i'm starting to think a lot of it's jealousy..

*the greatest step up in speed and reliability for PCs in about - 10 years?
#18
This isn't a great deal btw only fair.. its only £2 more at scan
http://www.scan.co.uk/Product.aspx?WebProductId=952160
so when they have a today only probably less.

good reviews at newegg
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233075

if you want a really fast drive at this capacity, you'll need to fork out roughly another £100
http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/specpage.html?SAM-SSD12E
(200MBs r+w roughly?)
1 Like #19
maroo1
Does anyone know if this will fit in an acer aspire 1, can i just swap it with the 8gb ssd already on it?


If you're running Windows XP on the Acer and want more speed then try this new Driver - I installed it on mine and got a huge speed increase upon reboot - it uses something like 24mb of your RAM as a write cache which makes a huge speed difference in everyday use

http://zflashpoint.blogspot.com/

If the download link is down then get it from their Yahoo group


:thumbsup:
#20
Great price but I'd rather spend the extra on the excellent OCZ Vertex SSD drives.
Still too expensive for me at the moment, don' want to spend £650 on a decent SSD and see it for £200 in six months time, I think I can wait.
Drive Type: Solid State Drive

Corsair
Capacity (GB): 128
Interface: SATA 3.0Gb/s
Interface Type: SATA
Write Speed: up to 70 MB/sec
Read Speed: up to 90 MB/sec

OCZ
Drive Type: Solid State Drive
Capacity (GB): 120
Interface: SATA
Buffer Memory: 64MB
Write Speed: up to 180 MB/sec
Read Speed: up to 250
#21
maroo1
Does anyone know if this will fit in an acer aspire 1, can i just swap it with the 8gb ssd already on it?

SSD hard drives are too expensive and I doubt if it's worth paying this much for it. For those few advantages it has over a standard HDD, see Wikipedia, "... solid-state drives are less fragile than hard disks and are also silent (unless a cooling fan is used); as there are no mechanical delays, they usually employ low access time and latency..." I think they are untested for the mass market and not worth taking the chance at this stage. For those who wishes to upgrade a standard laptop hdd, like the Acer Aspire One netbook, search the eBay for a 320GB S-ATA HDD available from UK sellers for less than £40 excluding delivery or about £43 including delivery. Why waste your money on SSD HDD unless you are a professional who specifically needs a solid state drive for experimental purposes?
#22
shauneco
Their is also the main advantage with the fact that the data should be more safe as they have no moving parts, Hence they should last indefinably, Where an hard drive can fail.


no, SSDs last far shorter then HDDs if they are being constantly used, and there is no evidence that static data lasts any longer. Are they more robust if dropped ? try one and see !
#23
colonel
no, SSDs last far shorter then HDDs if they are being constantly used, and there is no evidence that static data lasts any longer. Are they more robust if dropped ? try one and see !


SSD's dont last far shorter.
#24
I love this place....everyone contradicts each other! :whistling:
#25
Sinecure
I love this place....everyone contradicts each other! :whistling:


No they don't :p
#26
JAMAL;5367949
SSD's dont last far shorter.


I work for a Computer Manufacturer who uses SSDs in kit that we sell and support.

I also have an SSD in a Dell Mini, the technical advice given to me form the experts is that they are faster, but be careful about using them in the same manner as a HDD, as they do not like being written to in the same place a lot.

Great for READ operations, be careful about the WRITE ones.

Therefore an SSD is great for a boot device, just try not to keep writing lots of data.

I have no evidence as yet that says they last far longer or shorter, what I do know is that HDDs have been in the marketplace for a very long time, and reliability is very good.

I agree that it's early days for SSDs.
#27
ukcobra
I work for a Computer Manufacturer who uses SSDs in kit that we sell and support.

I also have an SSD in a Dell Mini, the technical advice given to me form the experts is that they are faster, but be careful about using them in the same manner as a HDD, as they do not like being written to in the same place a lot.

Great for READ operations, be careful about the WRITE ones.

Therefore an SSD is great for a boot device, just try not to keep writing lots of data.

I have no evidence as yet that says they last far longer or shorter, what I do know is that HDDs have been in the marketplace for a very long time, and reliability is very good.

I agree that it's early days for SSDs.



Yeah I was thinking of getting a 64gb one to hold an installation of Windows 7, but keep all the rest of my data on larger HDD

......with the hope of getting a very slick running OS
#28
JAMAL
SSD's dont last far shorter.


I've heard these are only good for so many read/write operations, how would this fair for Windows swap file, can anyone comment?
#29
dancehallting
I've heard these are only good for so many read/write operations, how would this fair for Windows swap file, can anyone comment?


You DON'T want to put a windows swap file on an SSD.
What you should do is make a ram disk and put the swap file there.
You can run windows without a swap file, but many software applications mysteriously fail.

I was considering getting a Dell mini 10v 8gb ssd (£199) and one of these or samsungs for fun.
Then I had a reality check and realised the 10v with 160gb HDD and Windows XP is only £250.

I'll let other people be early adopters.
This device makes no sense to me at all.
#30
hey colonel i got a question for you. when the 2nd generation (200MB/s) drives are below this price in 6 months, and are clearly far better than HDDs for everything other than price/GB, will you stop posting rubbish in every SSD thread and putting people off the best performance upgrade they could probably get? or are you not aware that many people don't need to carry terabytes of storage around with them, they just want a fast, reliable laptop. which SSDs are an important part of.
#31
Smiff
hey colonel i got a question for you. when the 2nd generation (200MB/s) drives are below this price in 6 months, and are clearly far better than HDDs for everything other than price/GB, will you stop posting rubbish in every SSD thread and putting people off the best performance upgrade they could probably get? or are you not aware that many people don't need to carry terabytes of storage around with them, they just want a fast, reliable laptop. which SSDs are an important part of.


1. Point out one statement I made in my previous post that is incorrect (or "rubbish" to use your colourful language)
2. Do you think people shouldn't have full information ? I think £167 for a 128GB doesn't compare very well to a 320gb HDD for £45. Or do you think it does ?
3. Do you think 320gb is alot of storage ? You obviously don't take pictures or videos and don't use a netbook on holiday to backup your pictures and videos. Or use a netbook to show your kids videos on the plane, or or or ,etc.
4. There is general agreement that SSDs have lots of long term and multi-write limitations. Closing your eyes does not make facts go away.

Don't flame about things when its your personal axe to grind. Concentrate on the facts

And in the future, if SSDs are better then HDDs i will be the first to buy one. but at the moment, they are appauling value - fact!
banned#32
davelfc
No they don't :p


Not true in this case.

The Disk above is based on MLC technology - the poor crippled brother of faster / longer living SLC technology.

Google the differences if you are unsure.

When people speak of "instant access & boot time" they are referring to SLC SSD's. An MLC disk performs on par to the new velociraptors.

Boot time with SLC is about 10-15 seconds
MLC is about 20-30 seconds.
#33
colonel,

1. you are consistently posting uninformed and misleading information on SSD threads. do you work for an HDD maker or something? seriously, what did SSDs do to you to make you so against them?
2. yes i think it does compare well, because even though they are completely different technologies (hence not really being a valid comparison), the SSD is two orders of magnitude faster in access times.
3. Yes 320GB is a lot for a netbook. i use mine with an 8GB SSD for.. browsing the web. are you trying to fit your entire "adult picture" collection on your netbook? if i need a bit more space i'll add an SD card.
4. No there is no agreement that SSDs have lifespan problems in real use. but its well proven that hard drives are fragile, in real use.

As i said in the last thread, have you used a SSD recently?

Watch this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4cK0L__B9U

I'm not flaming, but i think you might be trolling..


@BlkKnight
actually not a huge difference apparently:
http://forum.novatech.co.uk/showthread.php?t=7287
This drive is essentially the same as Samsung's own.
#34
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#35
Sinecure
I love this place....everyone contradicts each other! :whistling:


davelfc
No they don't :p


Yes they do
#36
this isnt a bad deal, its the cheapest 128gb by far, most 200mb/s faster ssd's around this price are 30/60/80gb.
you get what you pay for and these are still very fast compared to HDD's and very cheap for a SSD
#37
Smiff
colonel,

1. you are consistently posting uninformed and misleading information on SSD threads. do you work for an HDD maker or something? seriously, what did SSDs do to you to make you so against them?


LOL - you think pointing out that £45 for 320gb for a more reliable disk is better the £167 for a 128mb disk. Makes one wonder your definition of rubbish. Wait a minute - i think I know ....

just stopped myself going down to your level
#38
colonel
1. Point out one statement I made in my previous post that is incorrect (or "rubbish" to use your colourful language)
2. Do you think people shouldn't have full information ? I think £167 for a 128GB doesn't compare very well to a 320gb HDD for £45. Or do you think it does ?
3. Do you think 320gb is alot of storage ? You obviously don't take pictures or videos and don't use a netbook on holiday to backup your pictures and videos. Or use a netbook to show your kids videos on the plane, or or or ,etc.
4. There is general agreement that SSDs have lots of long term and multi-write limitations. Closing your eyes does not make facts go away.

Don't flame about things when its your personal axe to grind. Concentrate on the facts

And in the future, if SSDs are better then HDDs i will be the first to buy one. but at the moment, they are appauling value - fact!


Firstly it's not just about price. I can buy a new Korean super mini far less than lets say a Audi R8. Both will get me from A to B, but as I am sure you know thats not what a decision is only based upon.

HDD's have a load of reliability issues too. If you read up on design you will realise forces such as air friction cause damage to tracks. As such a range of algorithms have been developed, and refined over the users to minimise such failures. You don't have to worry about them because an underlying protocol or most often the disc's firmware will take care of this automatically.

I agree SSD drives, in particular MLC have issues regarding over writing blocks. BUT these issues are being worked on. Sandisk have proposed their own file system, most OS's have work around's to avoid excessive disk writes. Drive controllers try to minimise over writing the same blocks again and again. It's not perfect but more than adequate for most users.

Will I be buying a SSD for my desktop? probably not. Where my laptop is concerned most definitely. I am willing to pay a premium price per GB for a drive which consumes less power, produces less noise (if any), and more robust. I dont need 300+ GB. I use laptop like the majority to consume content, or work related. Should I need to view photo's videos, music etc... my NAS drive will more than happily stream that across.

You will find some of the biggest customers of SSD drives are industrial machines. Anything from an aeroplanes to fancy automated machinery need disk space. HDD's have never been a favourite. SSD's far more reliable.
#39
smokedog
I'm waiting for the 256GB to come down to the £100'ish mark before I upgrade.

128GB is still not usable size for me.


Me too.

effortless
£170 for 128GB

Is it really worth it for a small performance increase?


The big deal about SSDs is the access time, ignoring all the marketing nonsense about transfer speeds.

shauneco
Their is also the main advantage with the fact that the data should be more safe as they have no moving parts, Hence they should last indefinably, Where an hard drive can fail.


Nonsense, computer memory fails fairly often, and that's almost the same technology.

Smiff
obviously all games and media are on other HDDs..
I can't understand really why people need SSDs this large (unless they have only one bay in a laptop!)


Well you do want your games on it if you get one of the faster ones since that is one of the cases the fast large file transfer rates is actually useful.

BlkKnight
When people speak of "instant access & boot time" they are referring to SLC SSD's. An MLC disk performs on par to the new velociraptors.


It's a different technology - Velociraptors and normal hard drives are better in some areas, while SSDs are better in others. Given that a lot of people are buying them at this price the consensus seems to be that SSDs make for a far more responsive everyday experience.
#40
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