ssd or Western Digital Velociraptor?

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  1. amanda

    amanda MDL Junior Member

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    Hello all,

    I am interested in a ssd. But the prospect of simply one day & not having a drive is not something I am looking forward to. Yes all drives fail, but ssd's do without warning. Normal HD's at least give you a warning ( in most cases at least). So what would the forum choose a Western Digital Velociraptor or a ssd?

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  2. ianymaty

    ianymaty MDL Member

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    SSD for OS and HDD for storage.
     
  3. amanda

    amanda MDL Junior Member

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    That is what I am thinking about. But how would the Western Digital Velociraptor compare speed wise to a ssd? I know that a ssd is much faster but the Western Digital Velociraptor is not a slow drive.
     
  4. Mr.X

    Mr.X MDL Guru

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    In this case you are concerned about failures warnings, then you could sacrifice some performance. IMO your choice should be Velociraptor.
     
  5. amanda

    amanda MDL Junior Member

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    Thanks :D

    How much performance would I sacrifice compared to a ssd?
     
  6. Mr.X

    Mr.X MDL Guru

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    Google for each product specs and post the links right here then I'll tell you. :)
     
  7. acyuta

    acyuta MDL Expert

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    No way a Raptor over a SSD. For storage yes, but simply not for boot. SSDs are usually reliable. I have had great experience with Intel and Samsung, though Crucial and Plextor are also good.
     
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  8. amanda

    amanda MDL Junior Member

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    Mr.X MDL Guru

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    #9 Mr.X, Mar 14, 2014
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    WD Velociraptor:
    Sustained Transfer Speed: 145MB/s

    Crucial M500 SSD:
    Sustained Transfer Speed: 500MB/s

    As you can see, this is the main difference among them, data transfer speed. Crucial SSD is more than three times faster over WD Velociraptor. But as you said, failure warnings are your priority, I suggest you to purchase the latter, all the more reason if you are planning to use it for storage purposes.

    However, if you want it to install Windows and Programs (not for personal data such as documents or photographs) Crucial is the best choice. You shouldn't be concerned about a sudden death, without warnings, because Windows and Programs are replaceable, your personal info not.
     
  10. amanda

    amanda MDL Junior Member

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    True, especially the point about personal data which is backed up to three internal hard drives & two usb 3.0 external HD's.