I was talking to a colleague today and the topic of solid state drives came up. He had been considering using a solid-state hard drive, but had heard too many “horror” stories about performance or data loss. I was surprised to hear this. I have been using solid state drives for well over a year now and have had nothing but success. When I originally investigated using a solid-state drive, I read many poor reviews on certain models of solid-state drives. So when I selected my first drive, I was careful to read all of the reviews I could, and check all of the specs. I settled on a drive from Corsair that had excellent reviews and decent specs for the price.
The first system I built with a solid-state drive was a terminal server for demo purposes. That was the fastest terminal server I ever worked on. The server would boot in about 30 seconds, logins took 2 seconds, and applications would launch instantaneously. From that point forward, I was sold.
I am currently running a Lenovo Thinkpad T500 with a Corsair CMFSSD-128GBG1D solid state hard drive. I swapped out the standard hard drive that came with the laptop. It was as simple as unscrewing a couple of screws, pulling out the hard drive, and then installing the Corsair directly in its place. I then just booted my OS DVD and started the install. I didn’t even have to change a setting in the BIOS. After the change, my laptop runs like a scalded dog and my battery lasts even longer because it doesn’t have to spin those platters. The 1 million hour MTBF rating and 1500G shock resistance is pretty good, also. I am running Windows 7 RC.
Checking out Corsair’s website at http://www.corsair.com/products/ssd_legacy/default.aspx, it looks like the drive I have is now considered “legacy” and they have two newer series of drives that are even faster now. Looks like it might be time for an upgrade…..