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The Solid State Drive based PC is here

by Nick Haywood on 11 January 2008, 01:43

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RiDATA love the performance

CES 2008 RiDATA, whilst happily sticking BD and HD DVD onto one disc have also been playing with SSDs and have been showing off a machine built by ibuypower that uses purely SSDs for storage, kicking traditional HDDs into touch.

Using four 32GB SSDs, the performance boost for start up times is impressive with a cold boot to fully loaded desktop in about 20 seconds under XP. I reckon that the age of the PC never being off could be almost upon us if you took advantage of hibernation power settings…. But then the green mob would kill you.

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But putting thoughts of warmer summers aside, check out those figures for read and write… and notice that they’ve broken the graph… I watched it happen! With the EeePC from Asus already with us and SSDs becoming possible and affordable, how long until the familiar whir of an HDD is no longer with us?

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This all sounds very good. But I have read that they can wear out and have a limit on how many times they can be written over.
But the future is certainly one to watch with interest.
Anastie
This all sounds very good. But I have read that they can wear out and have a limit on how many times they can be written over.
But the future is certainly one to watch with interest.

Wear levelling built into firmware, makes them comparable to normal hard drives - much closer to hard drive MTBF now than a little while ago.
Where can I buy Ridata SSDs in the UK ?
“wear built into firmware” … can't they just give us something that doesn't self destruct like my parents 30 year old tumble dryer?

“The age when computers are always on” … well don't use windows then, you have to reboot every time you receive an email.
McEwin
“wear built into firmware” … can't they just give us something that doesn't self destruct like my parents 30 year old tumble dryer?

“The age when computers are always on” … well don't use windows then, you have to reboot every time you receive an email.

It's wear levelling …

The hard drive doesnt self destruct. The MTBF is in hundreds of year - you certainly wont be here.

And you have got major issues with your windows install if you have to reboot to read your email - and it doesnt mean that it is the same for everyone.