What should I look for when purchasing an SSD?

  mynamesbrad 22:33 05 Jan 2014
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I am going to be purchasing a 128gb SSD, however I'm not entirely sure on what I should look for, brands etc. Also what are the best uses of an SSD?

  Ian in Northampton 09:43 06 Jan 2014

Corsair, Crucial, Intel, OCZ are probably the better makes of SSD.

There's not much to look out for, except that some manufacturers provide a set of utilities for managing your SSD (there's more involved in keeping its performance optimised than there is with a regular hard drive). That said, W7 natively manages SSDs much better than earlier operating systems.

As for uses: the real benefit of an SSD is the speed with which it can load programs, including your operating system, so you should put your OS and e.g. MS Office on it. Put your data on another drive.

  Woolwell 10:09 06 Jan 2014

I would avoid OCZ as they have filed for bankruptcy. Samsung, Toshiba and Kingston also make SSD's.

  chub_tor 10:21 06 Jan 2014

I've had problems with a couple of early Corsairs, my current choice is Samsung first (good easy to understand utilities), followed by Crucial.

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