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Urgent HDD/SSD advice needed guys!

HookeyStreet

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Im pretty sure my laptops 160GB WD Sata HDD is about to kick the bucket. For some reason a problem started today. Whenever I try to transfer a file from my laptop to my external HDD, or even extract a large file using WinRAR on my internal HDD, my entire system locks up and I have to hard reset :(

Im currently trying to backup my data to DVD (because I seem to be able to do this at the moment...touch wood!) and then Im going to format the HDD to see if that corrects the problem.

I tried an HDD scan and fix but it gets stuck @ 17% and wont budge past the point no matter how many times I try :banghead:

I also tried to do a system restore, but for some reason my one and only restore point was today....but this wont even work (windows comes back with an error if I try to system restore to this point)

Has anyone else got anything I could try?

If not, does anyone know what the best SSD drive for around £100-£120 would be (as large and fast as possible)

Thanks in advance :D

PS: I did post this in the 'storage' section but nobody seems to check it. If a mod could please delete my other thread I would be grateful.
 

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I would agree with you that your HDD is dying, but no idea why though. Sorry, couldnt help you there.

On the other hand, why would you want a ssd if you are looking for large? Large and fast doesnt usually go together, so I assume that you prefer large over fast:
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/180517
 

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I would agree with you that your HDD is dying, but no idea why though. Sorry, couldnt help you there.

On the other hand, why would you want a ssd if you are looking for large? Large and fast doesnt usually go together, so I assume that you prefer large over fast:
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/180517
sorry, I meant the largest and fastest for that price, sorry :)

ie, I wouldnt mind a small 32GB-64GB aslong as its one of the fast ones :)
 

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I'd recommend a 60GB OCZ agility SSD.

I currently own:
3x 30GB Vertex
2x 120GB Agility
1x 60GB Agility

Installed in 4 computers and 1 playstation.

If you can do with only 30GB, the Vertex is a great value. Overall, there's not much difference in performance between the Vertex and Agility drives. The 120GB SSDs are a little faster due to the additional NAND chips which take advantage of the additional channels which access the NAND in parrallel, similar to how RAID works.

SSD + TRIM firmware + Win7 = Best combinition. No maintenance, just install and enjoy.

Jason
 

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I'd recommend a 60GB OCZ agility SSD.

I currently own:
3x 30GB Vertex
2x 120GB Agility
1x 60GB Agility

Installed in 4 computers and 1 playstation.

If you can do with only 30GB, the Vertex is a great value. Overall, there's not much difference in performance between the Vertex and Agility drives. The 120GB SSDs are a little faster due to the additional NAND chips which take advantage of the additional channels which access the NAND in parrallel, similar to how RAID works.

SSD + TRIM firmware + Win7 = Best combinition. No maintenance, just install and enjoy.

Jason
Thanks for the advice. Wouldnt I need an Intel SSD to enable 'trim' :confused: (this is something a m8 told me) Or do you mean I could buy any SSD, install a Trim FW and it will work on my Windows 7 Ultimate 64x laptop? EDIT: I just did a bit of research about TRIM on wikipedia.....as you can tell I dont know much if anything about current SSD's lol

Does the PS3 actually benefit from having a SSD installed (ie load times) and is it a problem that TRIM wont be active on an SSD installed in a PS3.

I upgraded my PS3 HDD from an 80GB to 160GB purely so I had more room to leave XvidHD movies on it, not better performance :) I bet an XBOX360 would benefit more from using an SSD if the full game was installed to the SSD.
 
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