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Dec
24
comment What adjustments should be done for a SSD?
Big +1. This is the best SSD answer I've read on superuser.com.
Oct
14
comment SSD has large amount of total writes
I doubt his internet connection is fast enough to be able to download enough data for the caching to amount to a significant amount of writes.
Sep
7
comment How Secure Erasing effects SDD life?
Marco is wrong. Secure Erase does not write any data to the SSD.
Sep
4
comment How to minimize Modern UI/Metro apps in Windows 8?
It is a bit of a jarring transition. But, truth to be told, the Mordern UI/Metro apps are designed for 10in screen and touching. They don't make any sense on a big desktop computer with a mouse and keyboard. The other side of the coin is the desktop, which is a pain to use with fingers. So the usage bifurcates into only Modern UI/Metro apps on Windows tablets and only desktop applications on normal desktop and laptop computers.
Sep
4
comment How to minimize Modern UI/Metro apps in Windows 8?
Visual Studio 2012 is a normal desktop application, and works much the same on W8 as on W7. The question is about Modern UI/Metro app, which are a completely new class of applications in Windows 8 which run outside the desktop.
Aug
28
comment Should AHCI be enabled for an SSD?
@CarlB The value of NCQ is irrespective of whether the drives are in a RAID or not. But if you are going to RAID the drives the question is moot. RAID mode is AHCI mode with the RAID capabilities tacked on top.
Aug
26
comment Do I need to do something about partition alignment when installing Windows XP on a SSD drive?
Vista deals with alignment the same way 7 does.
Aug
26
comment Should AHCI be enabled for an SSD?
I get the distinct feeling whoever wrote that FAQ is just blindly quoting wikipedia without any understanding. ultrasawblade's description of the value of NCQ for SSDs is spot on. In fact, NCQ makes a much bigger difference for SSDs than it ever did for hard drives.
Aug
26
comment Do I need to do something about partition alignment when installing Windows XP on a SSD drive?
Windows 7 uses the same alignment for both HDDs and SSDs so as long as you let Windows 7 align the HDD the alignment should be preserved during migration.
Aug
21
comment Why can't I launch telnet.exe from a Windows 8 command prompt?
I start telnet in Windows 8 the same way I did in Windows 7: Hit the windows key, type telnet, hit enter.
Jul
14
comment USB 3.0 slower than SATA for SSD
@Luke That's just it. You are not giving theoretical maximums for any of them. For USB 3, SATA 3 and 2 you are giving electrical signalling rates, which are higher than theoretical maximums transfer rates. For USB 2 you are giving the theoretical worst-case, which is not the theoretical maximum either.
Jul
14
comment USB 3.0 slower than SATA for SSD
@Luke Your not really answering the question either since even though USB 3.0 is slower than SATA 3, the USB 3.0 numbers you are giving are still faster than what OP is seeing.
Jul
14
comment USB 3.0 slower than SATA for SSD
@Luke Your USB 2.0 numbers are still incorrect. If you both read and write over USB 2.0 at the same time you do end up cutting bandwidth in half, but doing it only one way you don't. Your 30MBps is still slower than what you can see in real world USB 2.0 benchmarks, like here: images.anandtech.com/graphs/graph6089/48168.png
Jul
14
comment USB 3.0 slower than SATA for SSD
-1 This is not correct. USB 2.0 is half duplex, meaning that it can do full 480Mbps (not accounting for encoding) in either direction. It just can't do it in both directions at the same time. USB 3.0 support full duplex, same as SATA so it can do full speed in both directions. Also, the actual speed of SATA 3 once you account for 8b/10b encoding is and the prefix mess is ~572MiBps. This compares to USB 3.0s ~458MiBps.
Jun
27
comment How is it possible for SSD's drives to have such a good latency?
Where have you gotten the impression that the latency of NAND flash is so high?
Jun
25
comment Why do SSD drives get so much more expensive as they get larger?
@OliverSalzburg I suspect the biggest factor is that the kind of person willing to spend money on a 512GB SSD isn't the penny pinching kind in the first place. Or put differently, the people getting the biggest and best hardware aren't the price conscious. That said, I did see a Crucial m4 512GB for under $400 the other day, so prices are coming down.
Jun
25
comment Why do SSD drives get so much more expensive as they get larger?
-1 This answer is not correct in this size-range consumer SSDs. The 128GB to 512GB range all use the same controllers, just different amount of storage media. It is only once you go above 512GB that you have to start using more complex controller schemes.
Jun
24
comment Is it normal for windows to constantly write to disk
The Vertex 4 is based on the Marvell controller, but with custom firmware from OCZ. The issue is not present in that controller/firmware.
Jun
16
comment Virtual Disk Manager: The service cannot be started
There is no need to disable defragmentation on Windows 7. Windows 7 is smart enough to recognize an SSD and knows not to defragment it.
Jun
8
comment How come my Intel 520 180GB SSD performs extremely poorly?
@Willem Yes, for any video-related work any sort of SandForce is a bad idea. Not only does SandForce rely on compression to achieve high write performance (especially for smaller capacities), it also relies on the space left over for extra over-provisioning to maintain performance. Something that doesn't care that the data already is compressed would be a much better choice. As always, bigger would also be better.