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WD Black 640GB RAID1 to SSD? Worth it?

Discussion in 'Storage Drives' started by NathanE, 13 Apr 2010.

  1. NathanE


    Joined: 21 Oct 2002

    Posts: 18,022

    Location: London & Singapore

    Thinking of swapping out my WD Blacks in RAID1 config for a single SSD (probably the Intel one).

    Would this be worth it in terms of noticable gain?

    Would reliability be sacrificed much?
  2. Simon42


    Joined: 11 Dec 2006

    Posts: 730

    As a boot and main application drive you will get noticable benefit especially if you use large applications or have a lot of software loaded at startup. I've got a PC with WD Blacks in RAID 0 (full disk imaging for backups ;)) and another similar PC with an Intel SSD as the boot/application drive, and the SSD PC is much snappier to use and quicker to start.

    In theory SSD should be more reliable and can 'fail' in a read only mode, but time will tell how SSDs will actually fail in practice. I never chance anything (including accidental deletion) and keep multiple copies of everything so I would just use one of the WD Blacks for backup and the other for additional data.