I was thinking about getting windows 7 and putting it on an ssd hard drive and wanted to have some opinions / questions answered, if you all don't mind.
I've seen a lot of posts around the 'net about the dangers of defrag, writing too many times to the hard drive, and so on, because there's only a limited amount of times you can write data to it before it goes kaput. From what I understand, the "MTBF" is the measurement of the life expectancy of reading and writing a large amount of data every hour to the drive. Basically all the drives on Newegg are in the area of 1.5 million hours
MTBF. That is about 170 years
. What's all the fuss about life expectancy or am I missing something huge?
I'm very interested in the dependability of ssd drives over traditional hard drives. I've had a number of hard drives die on me over the years a lose a ton of data so I tend to replace them frequently (every year or two) now out of paranoia. I don't like doing this. I mean, I back up the most important stuff of course on flash drives, but I don't like feeling that the rest of the stuff is sitting on the edge of complete annihilation. Are ssds really more reliable and do they run cooler?
SSDs are basically like flash drives, right? So there's no need to defrag them, right, because of no mechanical pieces?
I read about windows 7 "TRIM" and that it basically does a bunch of stuff for the computer to work better with ssds. Is this necessary, and should I go out of my way (and my wallet) to find ssds that are TRIM compatible?
Do ssds have firmware updates? And can I run a firmware update (say, for the enabling of TRIM on a previously TRIM-less drive) while having stuff installed?
Are there any special install procedures for installing ssds and getting the bios to recognize them? I would assume they would be recognized just like any other sata drive but I'm not sure.
Finally, are they really worth it at the moment? Has anyone been following the price drops and size increases on these things?
And for something barely related...
Naturally, SSDs are expensive. I would be going with one that has about 60 gigs of space. Is this enough for windows 7 and some newer games? My current hard drive is about 500 gigs so I would be using this for other data, of course.
A lot of stuff, I know.