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I'm currently using conventional HDDs like the 5200 rpms, browsing a lot, my folder and files are scattered, torrenting always and I'm not fond of optimization like disabling cache, cleaning temp Files , etc.

My question is, given the above conditions (no disable of cache, seeding always in torrent, downloading torrent) is it safe to use SSD? I'm pretty worried about cycles but I read an article wherein it says its safe since it will usually wear out for 10 years given that you always write heavily and continuously. Thanks

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I have roughly the same situation you do, and I'm not worried... – Patrik Alienus Sep 20 '12 at 9:30
Patrick, i really dont want to waste my tiedosabling cache, an impoving lifespan. I just want to use it the way i usuually do like doing heavy stuff like downloading a lot in torrent, seeog, heavy browsing, no caches. Whats your take on it – IvanMatala Sep 20 '12 at 9:32
If use use it heavily, 24/7 for 20 years then worry. For anything less you only need to worry with the first generation drives. Any modern SSD will die after you have already discarded the entire computer. – Hennes Sep 20 '12 at 9:34
I am not an expert when it comes to SSD technology, cycles or anything. All I can is speak from experience, and I personally have not had any issues or speed disadvantages in the 8 months or so I've been running the current SSD 24/7 in an iMac. – Patrik Alienus Sep 20 '12 at 9:37
Why do you want an SSD when torrenting and browsing? You won't get much benefit (except boot times, if you're torrenting 24/7 you won't be doing), your bottleneck (in terms of torrenting) will always be your connection. Also torrenting implies you're downloading/uploading lots of data, SSD's have a much higher cost (per gb of data) than a mechanical drive. You're better looking at some of the better 7200 RPM drives (WD Raptors), you'll get speed and storage. Seagate also do a 'hybrid' drive (Monumentus) combining both types of storage - high capacity with speeds between mechanical and SSD. – HaydnWVN Sep 20 '12 at 10:04
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Assuming you have a reasonably modern SSD, you have nothing to worry about. An SSD actually has greater expected life than a hard drive under comparable load.

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What do you think about intel 330? – IvanMatala Sep 20 '12 at 9:33
Intel 330 review including how well it should last:… – Hennes Sep 20 '12 at 9:36
The Intel 330 is rated for 3 years at 20GB written per day. However, this appears insanely conservative based on the specs of the chips it's made out of (it should last about 25 times this long). You can download the full specs. – David Schwartz Sep 20 '12 at 9:36
@ david, whats ur take on samsung 830 – IvanMatala Sep 20 '12 at 9:39
@Wavepacket - Product suggestions and product reviews are not on topic on Stack Exchange. You will need to find some other website and/or do your own research to make up your mind. Comments are not designed for discussions such as this. – Ramhound Sep 20 '12 at 11:04

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