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  • #16
    Originally posted by torsionbar28 View Post
    Unless there's a need for >150 GB of capacity, the 150 GB VR seems like the better buy IMO.
    Or, add $30 and get a 120GB SSD which will run circles around any of those options. Unless you dislike having applications open instantly and booting in 5 seconds that is.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by devius View Post
      Or, add $30 and get a 120GB SSD which will run circles around any of those options. Unless you dislike having applications open instantly and booting in 5 seconds that is.
      I value reliability and durability in a storage device, so I avoid bottom-dollar consumer grade SSD's. Five years from now the Velociraptor will be going strong (and still under warranty), but that low-end consumer SSD will be in a landfill somewhere.

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      • #18
        Originally posted by torsionbar28 View Post
        Five years from now the Velociraptor will be going strong (and still under warranty), but that low-end consumer SSD will be in a landfill somewhere.
        Unless you bought it yesterday in 5 years it will not be under warranty, and when it fails then you won't even remember we had this conversation That is, assuming you are still using it 5 years from now, which I highly doubt. See, anyone can make up predictions.

        Interesting how some people read stories about a few particular models of SSDs failing, and quickly assume all SSDs are unreliable. By that logic you shouldn't even be using HDDs, because there are have also been lots of reports over the years about specific HDD models failing catastrophically. For example, I had one of those dreaded IBM "deathstars" that died about 3 years after purchase. The first models of WD's Raptors also had ridiculously high failure rates, yet here you are defending the Raptor.

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        • #19
          Originally posted by devius View Post
          That is, assuming you are still using it 5 years from now, which I highly doubt. See, anyone can make up predictions.
          I will be using my 1 TB Velociraptors five years from now, I can assure you. The majority of my hard drives right now are from ~2008. Western Digital RE2 drives. I've got 12 of them spinning right now, with 3 spares on the shelf, and no plans to replace them any time soon. This is at home. At work I'm a data storage engineer, working exclusively with enterprise DAS, SAN, and NAS since the mid 1990's. I was benchmarking DEC enterprise SSD's in the 1990's, in RAID arrays that at the time cost more than most people's homes. In other words, my opinion is based on many years of professional experience. Enjoy your made-up predictions.

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          • #20
            Originally posted by ryszardzonk View Post
            I welcome any ideas to further decrease that number. I definitely will checkout that idle3-tools
            I run a background task that creates a new file and deletes it every five seconds. Now the load cycle count is no higher than the original Greens that didn't have this issue.

            That said, I've never seen as high a percentage of drives fail before as the 3TB Greens, but that may just be bad luck. I should really check the load cycle count on the one I have in my Windows gaming PC (OK, the one of the two I have in there that is still working properly).

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