Narg wrote:There's a lot of bull going around about SSD Drives. A lot of folks posting stupid anti-knowledge, and really they are just repeating a few loud mosquitos with bad luck. Or really have no idea...
There hasn't really been any misinformation (well, other than the suggestion that all Sandforce products are necessarily evil). I have used SSDs for many years (going back to mainframes) and understand the technology pretty well (controller differences, wear leveling, write throttling, write amplification, read disturb, TRIM functionality, process improvements, what NAND flash and multi-level cell really are, etc). For the most part the average consumer doesn't really care about those details; they want something that works well and is fast and reliable.
There is no need to automatically assume that anyone who is critical of any particular SSD deal is an "ssd-hater" and doesn't understand how lightning fast a nice new one can make your computer and that thay can have a very long lifetime when used properly.
I'm critical of these particular SSDs for specific reasons, and thus, it is my informed opinion that most non-techies and semi-techies would be better off spending the extra bucks on a new generation SSD that supports SATA III and has a decent warranty and better reliability record.
The really tech-savvy folks can of course make their own determination about the value-proposition offered by these attractively-priced refurbished drives. I'd consider picking up one or two for older less-important systems myself if I knew these definitely had the least-buggy firwmare already loaded.
Narg wrote:Are these SSD drives good? Probably.
Now there's a definitive statement. :-/
Narg wrote:But if you want no headaches, back up your data no matter what storage type you use!
Agreed, backups are absolutely essential in all cases. But personally, I also consider re-installing the OS multiple times when your flaky storage device craps out to be a headache. My advice, get something as reliable as you can afford to start with, keep the firmware up to date, and greatly reduce the chances of premature failure. A decent warranty can't hurt either.