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Upgrading laptop with a SSD

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Now that I can get a solid state drive (SSD) with 250GB storage for under £120 (about $200 for everyone else in the US), I'm seriously considering upgrading my laptop with one. I've read numerous reviews that seem 100% positive, you get faster boot, longer battery life, cooler and quieter system.

 

Currently looking at this one: http://www.amazon.co.uk/SanDisk-SDSSDHP-256G-G25-Internal-2-5-inch-Device/dp/B0093HMLAS/ref=sr_1_1?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1409399401&sr=1-1&keywords=250gb+ssd

 

For me the only downside is I have a lot of media on my current hard drive, about 300GB of music, films and TV. But i can work around that by getting rid of stuff I no longer need and also buying a external hard drive to store it all on. 

 

Just wondering if anyone here has upgraded to SSD and would be kind enough to share a quick review or any words of advice.

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My last two laptops have had an SSD built in. First it was the 256 GB model in my MacBook Air. Now it's the 512 baby in the MacBook Pro Retina.

 

SSDs are great… particularly if you have a good backup, though failure rates are improving as well.

 

(When an SSD fails, often the entire drive often fails to mount… when a spinning platter disk died, it's often able to allow for partial recovery.)

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My last two laptops have had an SSD built in. First it was the 256 GB model in my MacBook Air. Now it's the 512 baby in the MacBook Pro Retina.

 

SSDs are great… particularly if you have a good backup, though failure rates are improving as well.

 

(When an SSD fails, often the entire drive often fails to mount… when a spinning platter disk died, it's often able to allow for partial recovery.)

Thanks for the advice. I do backup but probably not as regularly as i should... I currently back up the system to my external hard drive once a fortnight and both my system image and my data onto dropbox every week. I do often forget though.

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My laptop has a SSD a sit works great. Little deciding on what to pull down to it. But not unlike an ipad.

My desktop has a SSD boot drive and three other internal drives and all my applications are on the SSD. It's noticeably faster and I highly recommend them if you are comfortable with the price.
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