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Why SSDs aren't so great (Dropped my laptop)

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  1. crazy pyro

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    I managed to drop my laptop out of my bag while running to the station today, laptop flew out and did some hefty damage to the case on the pavement, it was dropped from a meter up and it's still working albeit slowly (My dad was complaining about that this morning though before I dropped it). I'm pretty sure that one of the main marketing points of SSDs is that if you drop the laptop it's not going to fail, thing is I dropped this from a meter up and it's still working fine so surely it kind of negates that marketing point. The case is pretty bashed up, as in a part of the motherboard's going to be poking out the corner if I don't put a cr*p load of black tape on to keep the corner on the case.
     
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    hang on you say SSDs aren't great yet still when you dropped it, it still works?
     
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    Mechanical HDD in the Laptop, not SSD, pretty much removes the main reason I'd have considered buying a laptop with an SSD.
     
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    sorry but SSD's are what exactly?

    im not upto date with all the short hand lettering, lol.
     
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    Solid State Drive?

    Not only did you drop it from a meter high... it would of also gone with some force... as it wasn't just dropped it was pretty much thrown out of the bag with the motion of you running.
     
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    oh right - i see now!

    yes - no moving parts, hence solid. basically just a really big, fast flash drive. great potential too.
     
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    solid state disks...basically instead of platters and read/write heads it has a bunch of memory modules (like ram) so no moving parts.
     
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    i did just edit my last post.. not sure its any interest what so ever, just thought i'd let you know, lol.
     
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    yeah i knew what they are, just didn't know the short way of saying it, but thanks anyway, and will be useful for anyone who doesn't know :)

    Sorry for posting twice both times, lol, i usually do just edit them like now.
     
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    ah right. Yea these damn acronyms are hard too keep up with some times

    CPU, GPU, TPU!
     
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    The advantage of SSD's over most mechanicals when it comes to surviving drops is when the machine is running - if you drop a laptop with a mechanical hdd when it's spun up and the heads aren't parked you will be extremely lucky to have it running afterwards.

    Some mechanical drives like in Lonovo thinkpads have motion sensors which stop the drive running if you drop the laptop.

    Of course if you drop an SSD based laptop you don't have to worry too much as the SSD should be ok (the rest of the machine, especially the fans however...)
     
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    I look at it this way. My USB Drive has been through hell. I've fished lint out of it (pockets lawl), dried it out, thrown it around, broken every part of it that isn't required and bent the connector all sorts of funny ways. Works like a charm and with 0 errors after 3 years of this. I'm currently working on a laptop with a mechanical hard drive, and when there is too much pressure on the area where the HDD is located it reboots windows.
     
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    doesnt help with my net being worse than dial up this past week :(

    and whats CPU? GPU is graphics power up, right? andTPU.... obviously. lol.
     
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    Central Processing Unit
    Graphics Processing Unit (also game power up)
     
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    CPU= Central processing unit
    GPU= Graphics processing Unit
    I'm sorry but how the HELL are you going to drop a laptop when it's running unless you're listening to music off it from inside your bag, amazing thing is the lack of padding I had on it (1mm thick polestyrene pretty much.
    Just makes me think that SSDs are overpriced.
     
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    yea but CPU is ya processor i know that lol.... but i thought it was actually short for something along the lines of TPU... Tech Power Up
     
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    Fair enough, people who love SSDs might try and bring things like this up:
    http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=j4cK0L__B9U
    Thing is though if you're dropping your HDD off a 3 storey building I have 2 questions for you:
    Why's it not in a machine if it has important data on that needs to survive a fall like that?
    How did you get out of the mental institution where you belong if you want to throw expensive hardware off 3 storey buildings?
     
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    Its called they have lots more money to waste than the likes of me ... and you with the sounds of it, lol. but its cool i like to see people do things like that... although at the back of my mind im always thinking, i should of asked for that part and let them do it to my old crappy stuff, lol.
     
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    It is surprisingly easy - using it on a desk plugged in and someone tripping up on the power cable, balancing it on your lap whilst multi-tasking, can easy drop off then, carrying it between desks at work and someone bumps into you (can be dropped then and it would still be running).
     
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    Just because a SSD drive can survive a cataclysmic fall like that doesn't mean its designed with the intent of people doing that. It's just showing that it can and all that it is capable of. Of course they're gonna make things that can overkill and outperform what is expected. "We found the average speed limit in the United States of America is roughly 38 MPH. Thus, we made seatbelts capable of withstanding speeds up to and including 39 MPH. On a completely unrelated note, high speed ejections from cars has increased 500 fold."
     
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    Ok is anyone having the same problem... everytime i click refresh on my browser... sometimes it will get rid of some posts you lot have posted, untill i click refresh again.
     
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    Fair enough, I generally try to position myself near a plug so people can't trip over it in lessons (I need to use it since my handwriting is distinctly CRAP), I've only dropped it once before and that's because my dad made me jump and I threw the laptop in the air lol.
     
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    im not getting it but try this ctrl-shift-F5 or ctrly-shift-click refresh button
     
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    I'm closing the browser each post and I'm getting no problems (MSN alerts me to new emails and i have my inbox open.)
     

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