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Old 03-27-2009, 03:00 PM
Jason Dunn
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Default 2009: The Last "Year of the Grind"

I don't know about where your computer is positioned, but one of mine (my media editing workstation) is on a shelf slightly above and about 18 inches in front of my head. So when the hard drives start grinding away, they're easy to hear. Windows Vista's indexing is great from a user perspective, but it does have to scan content on a regular basis so grind, grind, grind is what I hear. Also, working with photos and videos creates quite a bit of heavy hard drive usage. I usually have music playing, but music is less satisfying when there's a constant grinding going on in the background. But there's hope...

I have yet to purchase a solid state drive (SSD) but watching prices fall, and capacity/performance increase, I can comfortably say that 2009 will be the last year I'll be using hard drives as the primary drive in my two main daily-use computers - and I'm eargerly looking forward to the sound of silence that change will entail. The primary hard drives in my two main computers are 150 GB 10,000 RPM Western Digital RaptorX drives, so that's the performance and size benchmark that SSD drives have to beat. I keep my music collection, videos, and other big files on my Windows Home Server, so the only thing I need on my primary drive are my documents, pictures, and applications.

Looking at the SSD drives out there today, some have hit that mark, and the rest are moving toward it quite rapidly. I'm hoping that by the end of this year, I'll see high-performance 256 GB SSD drives for around the $250 USD mark. 128 GB SSD drives would be a little too tight on space (I'm outgrowing my 150 GB drives) so 256 GB would give me room to grow, and as long as the performance was quick, I don't think I'd miss my Raptor drives. I long for the sweet sound of silence...

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