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  1. Well, since OCZ's pricing is higher for a lower-capacity SSD, I'd have to say that Crucial wins on pricing, features, and probably performance. Compared to the $799 for Crucial's 256 GB C300, I can't think of a reason anyone would want to spend $30 USD more for the 200 GB OCZ drive, while getting less features, performance, and capacity.
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    How to best use a SSD under Win 7?

    I believe a workable solution for you would be to use either a Micron C300 128GB or 256GB SSD as your boot drive. You would install Windows on the SSD (hopefully, 64-bit Windows 7), as well as any programs. If your Scorpio drive is already formatted for FAT32, just take your Western Digital Scorpio 640MB drive and install it into an external enclosure. If your laptop has an eSATA connector, you should definitely try to take advantage of this and find an external enclosure has both USB 3.0 and eSATA. If your Scorpio drive is formatted for NTFS, please be aware that only PCs that can read NTFS will be able to access the drive. Most other systems (PS3, Xbox 360, etc.) can only read drives formatted to FAT32. You can then use the external enclosure as a portable "media drive", while still gaining the benefits of SSD performance with everything stored on your notebook. Does that sound like an option that would work for you?
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    Is Defragment Still Needed?

    Regardless of how fast the rest of the system is, the performance of your storage subsystem is a major (limiting) factor on how well your system will respond to I/O requests. If you have a mechanical HDD, there is absolutely no question that you will benefit from defragmenting the drive on a regular basis. Even if all you use the drive for is to store media files, you should still defragment on a regular basis to ensure that the free space is regularly consolidated so that when you copy new media files to the drive that they will not immediately be fragmented. If you have a SSD (and hopefully you have Windows 7 if you do!), you should avoid defragmentation, as the performance gains are probably not worth the decrease in the life of the drive (which just goes with how NAND works). There are also articles available discussing what Windows features should be disabled when using a SSD, but if your SSD drive supports the TRIM command, and you use Windows, you should know that Windows 7 is the only Windows OS that supports TRIM natively.
  4. If this is priced close to Crucial's upcoming C300, then I think Crucial wins. However, OCZ may manage to sell quite a few if they price the drive competitively (i.e., at a reasonable enough discount from Crucial's C300 offering that buyers who are more price-sensitive will choose the lower price over the C300's higher end feature set ).
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    QD in win7

    Sure it can. Consider that if you're using HT, you really only have four actual CPU cores to process work. If you launch 10 apps, or 50, your system will still be limited to only try to be running a maximum of either 4 or 8 separate threads at any given time, and that's the best case scenario. Keep in mind that not all threads will be performing I/O at the same time, throw in a few stalls for mispredicted code branches, add some serial I/O or dependent code that can't be executed Out of Order, and account for the fact that your system will start attempting to retire I/Os as soon as they start, and I think it's fairly easy to understand how you'd rarely, if ever, go over a queue depth of six (not counting benchmarking programs, which are designed to stress a system).
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    Fastest external 2.5 drive

    Well, if you don't mind spending up to $800, then get an 2.5" Intel X25-E or X25-M SSD, image your current laptop drive onto it, replace the internal drive with the SSD, and then swap the (current) internal drive into your enclosure of choice.
  7. Was RAID 1+0 not tested or considered?
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    Google Out

    This in one very practical example of why freely sharing information on the Internet benefits everyone. Forums on the Internet (including Storage Review) are one example of this. Local community volunteers are another. People who donate their idle compute cycles to help with important projects are others. If you think about it, I'm sure you can find numerous other examples (both in real life and online) where people contribute freely of their time and information to help others.
  9. It sounds to me like your needs would best be served by using a NAS device that was DLNA compliant and sported either eSATA or USB 3.0 along with 1-2 Gigabit Ethernet connections and Jumbo Frame support. This would allow you to share your media across your LAN, not have to worry about installing drives in your desktop, and most NAS devices support various RAID levels and provide the ability to import media files by directly connecting a USB flash drive. Some NAS devices also support drive hiberation to conserve power and wear and tear on the drives. FYI, drives using FAT32 cannot support media files over 4 GB in size, so if you're also planning on being able to copy a media file to a portable device, you should keep that limitation in mind. This file size limitation is an absolute limit of the FAT32 file system itself. Off the top of my head, Buffalo Technology and Synology both manufacture products that would seem to fit your need.
  10. While I tend to agree that this is interesting in concept, I tend to believe that this is ultimately counterproductive to what SR stands for. Simpy put, the main problem I see with this idea is part and parcel with the very same reason that makes it attractive to begin with: The very nature of having multiple users submitting test/performance data means that there is absolutely no control over whether their systems are architected in ways that may either enhance or degrade performance results from software benchmarking tools. The primary advantage that I believe SR brings is that the testing methodology has been tightly controlled, with the direct result that performance numbers from the same testbed system can be directly compared because the system configuration is the same with the exception of the drive being benchmarked. While I tend to agree that for aggregating failure/reliability information from uncontrolled sources the benefits outweigh the drawbacks (and, hopefully, any outliers in the data will either get discarded or cancelled out), I can't say I feel the same way about performance numbers. I'd rather have quality information that I feel I can rely on and directly compare than a larger quantity of information whose integrity is in question.
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    SilverStone Announces HDDBoost Hybrid SSD-HDD Device

    Well, yes and no. From the product literature, the assumption seems to be that the SSD is the same size as the HDD. If that's not the case, then what happens? Do you have any control over what data is copied to the HDD? Can you control whether the SSD only caches reads, writes, or either? Can you adjust the cache policy to more closely suit your application requirements? From what I read, the answer was "No", because the product automatically copies the HDD to the SSD and then redirects all reads and writes to the SSD, bypassing the HDD entirely. My previous point was that I don't see any added value to using this product versus purchasing imaging software and a SSD separately, and it seems to me that you get more flexibility when purchasing separately. What's the point of using this versus imaging the SSD with the data from the HDD? Using standard imaging tools, your HDD would be available to be redeployed after imaging. With this, it's not. I don't think I'm being unduly critical here. I just honestly don't see the value proposition for this product. If you feel differently, please feel free to point out what you think I'm missing/overlooking.
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    SilverStone Announces HDDBoost Hybrid SSD-HDD Device

    Sorry, but I don't see the point. What extra value is this supposed to provide compared to connecting the SSD drive and using an imaging tool to migrate the data? Imaging tools, such as Acronis, cost about the same, but also offer you the ability to resize partitions while performing the migration. In addition, you get extra flexibility compared to this product. This seems more like a "one trick pony" to me. In my opinion, this would be a much more interesting product if the SSD acted like a giant cache for the HDD rather than simply copying all data, especially if you threw in the ability to control whether the SSD cached reads, writes, or both, and perhaps allowed some control over the caching scheme.
  13. Okay, I experienced something very similar to this, so I'm going to take a wild guess that you originally copied files from either a 32-bit OS or a different computer. Am I right? If so, all you may have to do is reset the security permissions on the drive to "Everyone". Try doing this first with just a few files on the FreeAgent Drive (that you have backup copies of!) to see if it corrects your issue.
  14. Well, I can certainly understand why you would want to disable Superfetch, Prefetch, and Defrag, since their benefits would probably be minimal on a SSD. Write Caching (at the OS level) seems like a good idea in order to reduce writes and also allow more possibility for "combining" writes to the same sector. However, completely disabling System Restore, which I'm sure would improve performance, seems like a more questionable move. The whole point of System Restore is to be able to "turn back the clock" if you have a problem after a software installation without having to do a complete reinstall of the OS. You can also easily limit how much storage is used to keep Restore points. Considering that all SSDs use wear-leveling, I don't think that disabling System Restore will actually make much of a difference in the usable life of an SSD, and having it available might prove a valuable time saver. Indexing can be very useful, if you use Windows Search, to find files/items if you don't remember exactly where they might be, but it's usefulness is more dependent on whether you use Windows Search or not. IIRC, you can also modify how often the Indexing service updates the index in order to have better control over scheduling.
  15. It appears you are using a 64KB stripe while JcRabbit is using a 128KB stripe. Perhaps that accounts for the relatively small difference?