TLC longevity should not be a concern for the vast majority of users doing typical activity on their system. If you're hosting a busy database, running a build lab, editing video files and other similar functions that involve a lot of disk writes, then TLC will wear out faster than MLC. It also costs a hell of a lot less and is fast, which meets the goal for bringing SSD's to the masses. The longevity of TLC should far exceed the lifespan of the device in which they are placed. I can't think of the last time I built a new system and moved the hard drive, it's one of the components that gets recycled downward, and is retired within 5-7 years tops (usually less).
By all means, continue to TC and spread FUD about TLC. It does provide amusement for some of us at least. And don't forget to wear your tinfoil hat, and logon to SD through anonymous proxies before you post. Because I'm sure the manufacturing consortium is paying a lot of us to cast aspersions on your stern warnings to the sheeple that might be fooled into buying one of these new fangled SSD's. And we might show up at your house in black suits and Suburbans to whisk you away for "re-education".
You're right, TLC is ok for most people that won't use this for 3-5 years.. If you're looking to buy an expensive component of your system it's important to get the right info. I wasn't trying to TC, just trying to make sure the correct info was out there...
As far as building a new system and moving the HDD I understand what you mean, but SSD's are the biggest jump in speed we've ever seen as far as hard drives go.
Can you explain to me your heavy usage senario? I use the SSD for my OS, Programs, and documents/music/pictures. I download everything directly to a second hard drive. You would have to constantly write to, delete, and write again to kill the SSD. I'm pretty sure it doesn't put wear on your SSD to read from it, only write.
The SSDs are pretty fast now. SATA3 is 6Gbit/sec which is 750MB/sec. These drives are already hitting 500MB+/sec so it's not like they are going to get faster. They are just going to get larger and cheaper. So wait for that, for the time being, I don't think it really matters that much if you use your SSD for OS and programs.
Mostly allot of audio and video editing, my usage scenario is probably more than twice the norm.
For most users it shouldn't be a big deal, but the fact that one has to consider what they do with it before buying is telling in itself imho. I would have no problem putting it in my mother's laptop if the savings were significant, but a drive with MLC is not that much more at this point in time so that makes it a tough call.
does this replace the drive in our laptop or can we add this? The reason I ask is because most of the hard drive these days are 500GB or 1TB.
For most laptops the only option is to replace the hard drive. In some (like thinkpads) there are expansion options that allow you to use an ssd for a boot drive and a spinning drive for media storage.
If you're not sure if yours has an expansion option then I would check out the manufacturers website.
Also, when buying an ssd be careful on the size. Many laptops (and all ultrabooks) use a 7mm drive and some ssd drives are 9mm.
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