2011: A Year of Solid State Hard Drives

This forty minute video demonstration examines the impact of solid state hard drives on various laptops, new and old. A Dell XPS 15z and Dell XPS M1330 are compared through boot tests, benchmarks, and actual gaming experiences. A solution to a problem with SSD installations and Sandy Bridge controllers is explored. Significant differences in systems are compared, including the difference in performance between SATA2 and SATA3 2.5" SSDs. The impact that the prevalence of eSATA and USB3 has had on mobile hardware is explored. The video attempts to answer the question: When is it appropriate to upgrade a system to a solid-state hard drive, and when is it counter-productive? With hardware comparisons abound, sights are also set on the Lenovo ThinkPad T400 and the Lenovo T61P. The software used to perform disk migrations is examined and discussed. Over all, the video shows the benefit of solid state hard drives as a solution to conventional hardware when used for performance purposes and for improved hardware reliability. The SSDs demonstrated include a Crucial 512MB M4-CT512M4SSD2 (SATA3 -- Dell XPS 15z), Crucial 128GB CT128M225 (SATA2 -- Dell XPS M1330), and two Crucial CT5128M4SSD2 128GB (SATA3 -- Lenovo ThinkPad T400 and T61P). The video is as much a demonstration of solid state hard drives in action as it is an exploration of the ability to now purchase ultra-portable laptops with mid to high-range video graphics capabilities. The opportunity of purchasing a Dell XPS 15z, while receiving a free Xbox 4GB here in the United State, and then upgrading it hardware abilities is explored. The usability of SSDs in older laptops is also an issue of exploration.Problems with intermittent pausing and freezing in Microsoft Windows are discussed when receiving the error "The device, \Device\Ide\iaStor0, did not respond within the timeout period." after installing a SSD and using Intel Rapid Storage Technology (RST). The fix discussed in the video can be found at:http://windows7forums.com/windows-7-hardware/69796-intermittent-ssd-freezing-newer-laptops.html

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