« on: November 10, 2012, 06:09:31 PM »
I stand by my assertion that an SSD drive is the most significant upgrade you can make to your computer to the price -- it will make a bigger difference in performance than a similar expenditure in expanded RAM or faster CPU.
I'm not advocating a 128GB SSD as the sole storage device in a person's computer. I'm talking about relinquishing the Windows-centric view that a person's entire storage structure should be encompassed in a single device, that system files and program files and data files are all equivalent. They're not equivalent.
My statement that shutdown/restart is much faster wasn't meant to say that this will make a big difference for most users, but meant to demonstrate that in an operation where many small files are read or written in rapid succession, the SSD will really shine. The most obvious example of this performance gain will be in the shutdown/restart, which might take 30 seconds instead of 90 seconds, but you will also notice a snappier response in things like program startup, install/uninstall.
Tomas, I don't know what SSDs cost where you live, but here I can purchase a 128GB SSD for about $80, which is a trivial amount of money to upgrade a computer compared to adding RAM or upgrading CPU or graphics card. The is absolutely no way you can achieve equivalent "bang for the buck" with any other $80 computer upgrade, unless your machine is totally starved for RAM (for example, if you have less than 1GB of RAM, yes, you should upgrade RAM before doing the SSD upgrade). And I'll say again, the point is not that the 128GB become your only storage drive -- just that you use it for your Windows, Mac OS or Linux system install. The assertion that the SSD won't help if you have a "messy" system doesn't make sense. Do a clean system install on the SSD and it's not messy any more. I've tried SSDs on Windows, Mac and Linux installs and the result is the same.
I have yet to talk to anyone who has tried the SSD upgrade who has not ended up completely happy with the result, and convinced that it was the best possible option. I just try to make sure people don't misunderstand, and try to change ALL their storage to SSD. That misses the point, and ends up wasting a lot of money.