I used to have a big brick of a UPS that in the end started to burn the carpet it was sat on, wasn't good so had to stop using it. Touch wood since then I've not really needed it, quite lucky here and don't get too many power cuts, maybe 1 every 1-2 years perhaps so very rare occurrence.
Something I was thinking about the other day though that would be very useful for speeding up your PC performance is an SSD drive (solid state disk).
Only trouble is SSD drives are quite costly as a lot of you probably know, so really you're looking at at least £200 or so for a drive that's big enough to fit your OS and program files on (probably more though, must admit haven't looked at it too much) and even then it wouldn't be that comfortable space wise, might have to think about just using the SSD disk for the OS and program files and using a regular disk as storage for files which isn't ideal.
Here's a bunch of SSD drives at Ebuyer:
Hard Drives - SSD | Ebuyer.com
If you look at the disks in that link, one thing that jumps out at you cost wise is the hybrid SSD drives. From what little I've read about it these are regular HDD but have a solid state cache, so you get the cheapness of regular HDD combined with the speed improvements of SSD. This is the one I was looking at:
Seagate 500GB Momentus XT 2.5" Hybrid SSD/HDD.. | Ebuyer.com
So £90 odd at time of writing for a 500Gb disk, which isn't cheap compared to regular HDD but is still reasonable enough if it gives a big speed improvement. Reading some of the reviews I think they mentioned an 85% speed improvement compared to regular HDD, obviously very unscientific being a review but still I can imagine it would be a decent speed boost and I am thinking of getting one just to see what they're like.
So has anyone got one of these in a PC? They are smaller form, only 2.5" so presumably intended for use in laptops but should fit in a PC with an enclosure (I can't remember what size floppy drives are (anyone remember them?!!), think they might be 2.5" though so might fit in one of those slots?).
So.. yes might give that a go soon, am about to upgrade Win7 to service pack 1 on Monday and have a feeling I might have to install the purchased copy I have at that time if it disables this version of Win7 (long story but was a beta pre-release copy, legit as far as I know but was due to expire last March and didn't, so possibly it might end up being disabled when I upgrade to SP1). So if that happens I might just buy one of these hybrid drives and give it a go (unless anyone knows of any gotchas!?).
I'd given up on cashpoint, but never thought about having it alongside the toy - is that more productive?
Originally Posted by darkhorse
That, and only getting like £5 on a time was annoying in play.
Munk, i have an el cheapo kingston 64gb drive, which i think was around £70ish when i bought it...
No need to get a large drive yet due to the prices, get a small drive, and just install your OS/frequent programs, and then put the rest on a normal HDD.
I'm using a couple of the OCZ 60GB SSD's and have been extremely pleased with their performance, a slim install of Windows 7 will take approx. 8GB removing hibernation and other superfulous functions, you only then need to add a swap file (same as installed RAM) and apps.
Originally Posted by munk
I use a Western Digital VelociRaptor for data.
Thing is I still reckoned on £200 to do that with SSD now (win7 64bit, about 100-150Gb minimum I would be happy with for just the OS, account and program files) and I don't really want to be mucking around scrimping on space to be honest.
Originally Posted by DireEmblem
Is unreal though, I remember back around 2000 a 1.6Gb hard drive with win2k on was still do-able (actually maybe that was win95) and for a long time I managed with just that space and did keep on top of it, removing any apps I didn't use, archiving stuff away if I didn't need it etc etc.
Might have another look, actually quite tempted by the hybrid drive just to see what it's like.
Would be interested to hear how you get on Munk. Remember with the Ebuyer reviews that most were upgrading from 5400RPM drives, so a lot of improvement would lie there.
I want a hybrid now though!
I WILL invest 20 quid into upgrading from 3GB RAM to 4GB RAM (64 bit OS) though. Easy innit?
Good grief, the servers I look after use less space.
Originally Posted by munk
Yes there are some media servers and 90% of the 1500 approx. do run Windoze, however I'm not including their data only the OS. Applications and user profiles are kept off the boot drive hence why I would still use a traditional drive for data and lesser used apps.
Originally Posted by munk
Excluding browser cache files and "My Documents", the resulting 23GB is surprising, have you had a close look through to see what is taking the space up?
Reasons for loading the OS only onto an SSD, Windows boots in approx. 6-7 seconds, greater reliability, greatly reduced noise and heat generated.
Admittedly SSD's currently are not for everyone, however traditional hard drives are now comming to the end of their life thank god.
The addition of a Service Pack will not greatly increase the OS footprint, the Service Pack is downloaded and stored on what we call second tier storage (traditional drive) then installed to the OS on first tier storage (SSD).
Talking of SSD's, I bought one of those OCZ Vertex 2's from ebuyer the other day:
OCZ 60GB Vertex 2E SSD 2.5" SATA-II Read.. | Ebuyer.com
Also, v. pleased with its performance. Really notice it during bootup and loading programs. My OS & programs was only taking up 30GB originally, so 60 was ample for me. Got all my data/documents/music/video etc.. on a 1TB HDD. The noise difference is a nice little benefit too.
Originally Posted by brownie1111
If you've got a UPS, remember the battery's are like those on laptops, they last about a year and then you have to replace them (or at least, start testing the UPS regularly to see that they're still up to the job).
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