View Full Version : anyone tried a solid state hard drive?
06-15-2007, 04:10 PM
Just found this site today, because I'm thinking of upgrading my hard drive. Has anyone tried one of the 32 gig flash drives in their tablet? should it work or are the specs wrong? I'm hoping it'd speed things up, while cooling and quieting as well.
06-15-2007, 04:28 PM
vo: There is a version of Motion's LS800 that features an SSD, but I don't think I've seen any significant number of postings from anyone about installing SSD's in tablets. On reason is cost; the SanDisk 32GB SSD is $999! I think most people are waiting until SSD's get down to a more reasonable price.
It's true that SSD's will use less power and will allow tablets to run faster, but the improvement may not be as dramatic as you might hope. I understand that start-ups are noticeably faster...
06-15-2007, 04:37 PM
I got the notion because I saw a Samsung 32 gig SSD at Newegg for $529
I was debating buying a new tablet PC, but thought maybe souping up the Ram (i'm only at 512) and the HD in my TC1100 might be cheaper in the long run.
06-15-2007, 04:50 PM
As Steve states, the improvements might not be as dramatic as you expect. A friend has one in a Sony computer. Its basic read speed is faster than that of a 4200 rpm 1.8” disk in a similar computer, but the spinning drive has a much faster burst speed (the solid state drive speed does not change when “burst” is enabled, presumably, this has no affect on non-spinning drives). He gets about 30 minutes more battery life, and has noted the fast boot time, but has also stated that the computer itself really doesn’t feel all that much faster.
Definitely get more RAM. And for about $150, you can get a 100MB 7200 rpm drive that is very zippy.
06-15-2007, 08:22 PM
Absolutely upgrade the RAM. I'm running my TC1100s with 1.5 gig of RAM. Night and day difference over 512.
06-15-2007, 08:34 PM
Superb source and service:
7200rpm drive significant speed booster for OS overall.
06-16-2007, 10:18 AM
<<...Absolutely upgrade the RAM...Night and day difference over 512...>>
vo: W is right on the money. I also run with 1.5 GB of RAM...
06-16-2007, 01:20 PM
I was thinking of doing the Same exact thing. The reviews I've read Show SSDs outperform HDDs
Can the tc1100 have its CPU upgraded? I looked at it, but it felt like it was glued or soldered. Anyone know?
06-16-2007, 04:05 PM
From the TrustedReview:
“SSDs do have one Achilles heel, though, sustained read and writes speeds can't yet compete with those of HDDs. So, if a hard disk has its data organised properly and doesn't have to do a lot of seeking (moving the read write head back and forth), it will outperform an SSD.”
Which could be why my friend doesn’t feel his computer is that much faster with an SSD. He has noted the faster boot time, which is an oft-touted advantage of the SSD, but today, with hibernate and sleep, a complete system boot is no longer a daily occurrence.
I am sure that SSDs are the future, and will soon surpass HDDs in all respects, but for now, HDDs still win in terms of price, capacity, and apparently, sustained speed.
You guys are forgetting a major reason to upgrade to a SSD.
The 1500G shock rating, and overall reliability of no moving parts.
If you have $500 to spend on 32gb, do it.
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