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  1. fashion_m

    Best cluster size for 8GB SD card?

    I found out that I had a lot of cluster waste - about 80 MB per ~7 GB used space. I work with many but small files. I moved all the contents to a PC (~7GB, ~40 minutes), formatted the SD card in a PC with default cluster size setting (that is 4 KB) and returned all the contents to the SD card (another 40 minutes, doh). This reduced the cluster waste to about 10MB. That was a lot of writing - 7GB, almost the entire capacity of the SD card, but I thing it was for good reason because this will decrease the future cluster waste and (in the big picture) prolong the life of the NAND a little bit. I use the SD card as a regular PC partition and do a lot of work on it. That's because I have only 30 GB SSD and I desperately need additional space.
  2. Hi, I have a 8GB SD card that is formatted in a smartphone and has cluster size of 32 KB. Isn't this too big, shouldn't it be 4 KB? Can this increased cluster size increase the NAND FLASH write amplification and wear the card prematurely? I am using it in a PC all the time, not in a smartphone any more. P.S. I have a lot of software installed on this card and changing the cluster size would be tedious...
  3. Hello, at first some background information. There is a know conflict under Windows XP x64 between Adobe Flash Player's hardware acceleration and the GeForce display drivers. When Flash HW acceleration is on, the PC sometimes hangs. I've told this to Adobe and Nvidia and I am waiting for a fix. With every new version of Flash I enable HW acceleration and check to see whether the PC will crash. It always crashes when I am running XP x64. Several days ago I updated to flash 11 and checked whether it will crash. I prepared the PC for a crash - stopped all programs except the browser, disabled write caching on the SSD and played a flash video. The PC crashed. after the crash, the PC booted normally. I enabled write caching on the SSD and continued my work throughout the day. On the next morning, I turned on my PC, and after the BIOS - BAAAM, black screen (with turned on monitor). I restarted the PC and Windows loaded normally. Throughout that day I restarted my PC several times and everything was fine. Since then, every morning when I first turn on my PC, it doenst detect Windows. Just a black screen with turned on monitor. After restart it loads Windows normally. Sometimes at boot time there is a message like "Last time Windows didn't load properly" and I have several choices - Last known good configuration, Start Windows Normally... I choose Start Windows Normally and throughout the rest of the day everything seems fine. So It looks like that if the PC has stayed 10-12 hours without electricity, the SSD doesn't boot from the first time. I've checked the SSd with CHKDSK, performed Full diagnostic scan with Intel Toolbox, checked it for bad sectors, checked the SMART attributes - EVERYTHING IS NORMAL. Why is that?
  4. Hello again, guys, I bought Intel 320 Series 40GB and I am happy
  5. 1. Which contoller has better wear-leveling - the Intel one or the SF22xx ? I want longevity. 2. My interfase is SATA2. Which drive has better performance in SATA2 mode - Intel 320 or OCZ Solid 3?
  6. But the Intel 320 Series use a very old controller, which probably means that it has inferior wear-leveling than SandForce. That's important, considering the new 25nm NAND. The upcoming OCZ Solid 3 drives have roughly the same price per MB as the previous Corsair Force series, but use SF22xx controller. Although I have SATA2, won't I have better performance with SF22xx than with SF12xx in terms of access times and manipulating with many but small files? P.S. Why I don't receive e-mail notifications from this topic? I have subscribed to it, but I don't receive e-mails neither in Inbox, nor in Spam.
  7. Normal desktop activity, games, etc. I want my PC to be lightning fast.
  8. Which old SF drives do you recommend? Corsair Force series? They are at least as expensive as new SF 22xx Agility 3 and Solid 3. OCZ Vertex 2? I hope you've heard about all this mess
  9. What do you mean? Why should I buy a previous generation SandForce drive? P.S. I have a desktop computer.
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    SSD and WinXP

    But Secure erase adds write cycles, why to do that?
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    OCZ Vertex 2 25nm Review

    Well, that's a step back. I thought that the main goal in the SSD business is to extend the lifespan of the drives...
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    OCZ Vertex 2 25nm Review

    Two questions: 1. OCZ in it's official statement explained thet the move towards 25 nm process is aimed to lower the prices. Exactly how muct the 25 nm Vertex 2 is cheaper than the 3X one (at equal capacities)? 2. Now I have the chance to buy "High Performance Solid State Drive OCZ Vertex2 with 16 Chip Solution 60GB part number OCZSSD2-2VTX60G" . Is this the better (3Xnm) one?
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    OCZ Vertex 2 25nm Review

    Why this review states that Vertex 2 25nm drives have only "66% of the rated write-cycles"?