Super Talent TerraNova SSD Brings Blazing-Fast Performance

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oldobamaliar

@ JohnP I take it you are like alot of other inexperienced users that think there is only a C drive. Any competent user runs a separate OS/APP drive and DATA drives for storage.

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h e x e n

I'm surprised most of you shrug off SSD's.

I never knew how long I was waiting for things to load until I didn't have to wait anymore. It's probably one of the better investments I've made for my system. Going from a RAID 0 with two 7200 drives to my Vertex III was like night and day. Windows boots faster, games load faster, programs load faster.

For the amount of speed gained, I'd definitely say it was worth the money... for a 120gb anyway. Anything beyond that and the prices get ridiculous.

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nsvander

I think its a case of sour grapes, I have a 120GB one as my boot and a 2TB for storage, works great.  Like you said night and day difference, I went from a Raptor to G.Skill Patriot Pro using a SanForce 1200 series controller, and I will never go back to mechanical again for boot drives. 

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szore

If you got the bread, go for it! i just can't afford it.

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Brock Kane

SSD's will never take hold with those prices!

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JohnP

The Win8 Developers Preview is fast enough that I gave away my 120GB SSD drive. Frankly, the only thing that I really noticed about SSD speed was decreasing the boot time and Win8 fixed that up without trying to stuff  a too small drive with things that I wanted to run faster.

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szore

I bought a ssd over the summer, when I had to reinstal my OS due to massive HW upgrade. Instead of booting in, say, 45 seconds off my Velociraptor, it booted in 20 seconds. Wow. I sat there for 20 minutes rebooting 'puter over and over. 20 seconds, wow. Then the novelty wore off. I took it out, brought it back and got my $500 dollars back.

 

What I REALLY want a ssd for is my pdf library. I have collected over 60,000 ebooks that I am categorizing based on the dewey decimal system (big project). The size is 419 gigabytes. I have a pdf program (PDF X-change) that allows keyword searches within the documents. I use it for research. But if I search a keyword and run the entire library it takes about 45 minutes. I need an affordable SSD that is big enough to hold the collection, but can do KW search in all documents in say, 5 minutes or less. Make it affordable, and i'll buy it. Other than that its just a novelty at this point.

 

 

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JohnP

I think your answer may be in 3 sections:

First is to download and run Windows 8. You can easily make Win8 run exactly like Win7 by disabling the metro interface and changing the Start menu back to Win7 type. Win 8 boots fast enough that I too gave away my SSD drive as the boot was faster. However Win8 also just runs faster.

Next is to upgrade to Ivy Bridge  when it comes out, that should boost your computational speed.

Last is to try out Directory Opus from an Australian bloke. It does a great job in searching my stack of e-books and it also has a ton of options for the search that could whittle away at the list pretty quickly.It is amazingly fast. Download a trial version.

I have 83.6 GB of E-books so I know the feeling...

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szore

OK I installed a tril of Directory opus, but does it search WITHIN the pdf's or does it just search the titles?

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JohnP

DO does allow a whole slew of options for searches: Directory Opus DOES address this issue in their Resource Centre:

http://resource.dopus.com/

 

http://resource.dopus.com/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=14127&hilit=search+inside+PDF

 

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szore

OK, Opus is fast for searches, but not as useful. PDF X-Change viewer actually shows you WHERE in the document the searched kw occurs in a seperate pain. It seems Opus merely gives you a list of documents where the kw occurs, but after that you are on your own actually finding it. (unless I'm wrong about Opus).

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szore

So I'm screwing around with your Dir Opus and it seems awesome. I got to run through all the online documentation yet. But I can tell you the duplicate file finder is awe inspiring! I tried out Windows 8 and generally liked it except for 2 things. What the &$%@ is up with that Metro UI? I had an epiphany at that moment and realized MS is just really stoopid sometimes. The deal breaker was it didnt recognize my sound card. Ill have to set up a partion for a dual boot for the pdf's. Thanx for all your help!

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szore

Thanx John, I'm on it!

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Nimrod

Yeah right, im sure my 3000 pic Lightroom catalog is just as fast on a mechanical HDD as it is on an SSD as well? No, for those of us who do more on our computer than just turn it on and offer over and over again, SSDs are nearly required. And when youve got more than 4 cores in your computer, is is completely stupid for them to be idling while the HDD lags.

Ivy Bridge is just a small incremental upgrade over SB. Thats now going to help him all BTW. If you dont do any serious computing then you may not need an SSD. Nut why is that a surprise?

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szore

I am not saying SSD's are not nice. Just not $500 dollar 'nice' for me. That's all. If it's worth the 5 bills for what you do on the computer, go for it.  I'm not saying it makes you stoopid for buying one, I'm saying it would make ME stoopid for buying one! Even still, I wanted it for searching my pdf library, and even when I used the drive soley for the pdf's, the search speed still wasn't that hot, like 20 minutes or something. I need something like one of those high end ssd's that cost a few grand, but even with that I wonder just how much more faster it would scan the library. I need a card that can do a kw search in all 60,000 odd files, do it in under 5 minutes, 420 GB of data. I just cant justify the cost right now. And incidentaly, I have a folder with 5,613 pics 777MB on a RAID 5, 5 1.5TB SG array 5.45TB D drive, and speed is never an issue no matter what I do with them.

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aleksandar

I think I'll wait a bit for the price to go down. But seams great.

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B.A.Frayd

And what exactly is the practical affect of this speed?

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msonic

I'll take 2 in raid0... wait... lemme remortgage my house first...

 

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don2041

Too pricey for me. I need  storage more than speed. So I will just sit back and wait for my data to load and ssd prices to come way down.

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