Solid State Disks or SSDs offer a number of benefits over traditional hard drives. They tend to be faster, and because they have no moving parts they’re more durable. Sure, you get a limited number of write cycles per disk, but that number is high enough that you’re not likely to kill your SSD in the next 5-10 years no matter what you do. Odds are you’ll want a larger or faster disk before your SSD dies.
But the biggest problem with SSDs today is that they tend to be expensive. At a time when you can pick up a 1TB hard disk for your desktop for under $100, it feels silly paying hundreds of dollars for a 64GB or 128GB SSD.
OC’z latest laptop SSD manages to break the $100 barrier. But there’s a catch. It only stores 32GB. That’s probably enough for some netbook users though, or for anyone looking for a fast drive to store their operating system and bootup programs while offloading other data to a larger hard drive.
The OCZ Onyx Series SSD is a 2.5 inch disk that can fit comfortably in most laptops or desktops. It can handle read speeds up to 125MB/s and write speeds up to 70MB/s.
This isn’t the only sub-$100 SSD on the market. Kingston also introduced a 30GB SSD that sells for about $80 earlier this year.
via Hot Hardware and Gizmodo
Not bad considering how such a drive would have cost just last year but I think most people are either waiting for the prices to get even better or for systems that will support the mSATA format to come out. So they can get a small SSD boot drive and still use a hard drive for storage in the same system.
Unfortunately, though a few companies are already set to produce mSATA drives, no company has put a mSATA slot in any new model system yet.
Netbooks are portable devices. SSDs have much better shock resistance than HDDs. That is a key reason to use them. Move it around when operating, bump it, turn it upside down with no worries.
There is nothing silly about spending $100 for an SSD with more storage than you are likely to need on a netbook. My Eee 701 has been working happily with a 4GB SSD for several years now. I just installed a 30GB OCZ SSD in my Eee 1005HAB. The massive pre-beta Jolicloud installation takes slightly over 2 GB of that.
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