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Old Jan 31, 11, 1:07 pm
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I use a 500gb hard drive that I bought a couple of years ago for $80. There is no way on earth I can justify paying 10X that much (or more) for a SSD.

Performance *might* be faster on SSD, but it really depends on what you're doing. There are a lot of bottlenecks that can cause performance issues, and the hard drive might be one of a very small factor.

For most budget minded / value minded folks, SSDs are still not practical or realistic.

My laptop with a 500gb 5400rpm (not even 7200rpm) hard drive, performance is good enough for what I do most of the day - office documents, web browsing, youtube, etc etc.

For data reliability, I use the savings from buying a SSD to set up my own NAS, and back up my data regularly to prevent any worries about losing data. Heck for the amount of money you save, you can buy an extra laptop!!
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