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    Hard Drive

    So i'm sicked and tired of the IDE hard drives. They aren't reliable when the weather is below -20 and they're slow. So, i'm about to pull the trigger on one of these choices.
    4GB DOM http://ec.transcendusa.com/product/I...mID=TS4GDOM40V
    8GB SSD HD http://ec.transcendusa.com/product/I...ID=TS8GSSD25-S
    In term of performance over the a conventional hard drive, would you guys recommend either of these or the brand transcend? Or should i wait 'til SSD hard drive gets cheaper. These do come with 5year/lifetime warranty though.

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    IF you're looking for it to be faster than a HDD, don't get your hopes up. IT will likely be about the same.
    Now it will stand up to the colder temperatures that can cause a HDD to not function, so that's your only real benefit.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



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    thats what i was thinking as well, the only difference might me the spinup time.
    Isnt the new SSD HD suppose to be a lot faster than conventional hard drive?

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    after closer look, if anyone was to look for performance gain, i wouldn't go with transcend or DOM, because the read/write is about 26mb/s and 13mb/s as suppose to 57mb/s and 38mb/s of samsung's new SSD. Of course the samsung is priced at 300bucks per pop at 32gb.

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    I run a DOM, and it definately isn't fast.
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    Hey Punky, I have a Hitachi 30gb Endurastar automotive grade drive laying around I can let you have for $50 if you are interested in picking it up. Worked during our last Calgarian winter. Its reliable and tough, but only 4200rpm, so not the fastest thing out there. If you decide on the SSD route, you might want to look at some CF disks from Lexar or Sandisk (they have lifetime warranty). But pay attention on whether they can be mounted as a fixed disk or not. SSDs dont have a spinup time, but the lower priced ones seem to have a read/write speed that is slower than most hard drives.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Punky View Post
    after closer look, if anyone was to look for performance gain, i wouldn't go with transcend or DOM, because the read/write is about 26mb/s and 13mb/s as suppose to 57mb/s and 38mb/s of samsung's new SSD...
    Sorry for resurrecting a dead thread, but I've been looking into
    this transcend SSD. I found this review below on AnandTech with a similar drive from Transcend.

    http://www.anandtech.com/showdoc.aspx?i=3133&p=7

    Notice the bootup/shutdown times - a lot slower for this SSD than say a mechanical drive. BUT, hibernating is surprisingly considerably faster than a mechanical drive. If all you're doing is hibernating or suspending, this card would actually perform quite well, especially considering the price.
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    I have tested DOM (Transcend 4GB) and SSD (MTRON 16GB) And I can say that SSD is faster (because I have bought a fast one).

    The problem of temparature wouldn't be solved with flash technologies (DOM or SDS).

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    Why wouldnt the problem of temperature be solved with flash based storage? I have never experienced any cold weather related failures with my flashed based storage, but the user rijk says his SSD doesnt work in the cold so who knows.

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    This website has some good benchmarks and information about the higher-end SSDs. I might just wait until the end of this year to buy one, hopefully the prices drop a bit as the newer 800+GB SSDs come out. I can always hope right?
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