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#1 N.E.A

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Posted 22 May 2016 - 10:32 AM

Hello everyone. Currently I have a 50 GB SSD from 2011. It is in good shape it performs well until now. But it is so low on space. I only have around 1 GB of storage left which gives me headache every once in a while because it goes lower than that until I clean up the PC with CCleaner. 

Is there a good way of migrating my OS and all the files on my SSD to new SSD? 

Note: I have ubuntu installed on my HDD and I believe the boot file is not on the SSD itself. So I don't know if this changes anything about how to migrate the OS. 

One last thing, which SSD do you recommend? I want to get something that is 240 - 480 GB. 

 

Any recommendations are welcomed.

 

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Posted 22 May 2016 - 10:45 AM

What are some of the cheapest in that capacity range? I've been MORE than satisfied with SSDs in the 240-256GB range for my uses in all three of my PCs. For notebooks, it's always nice to get more space if you can afford it but with desktops, you can always have that large and cheap platter drive for storage of dead weight.

 

IMHO you can't go wrong with any brand and I've tried to buy all of the different makes and so far haven't been let down. I've had many OCZs (all pre-Toshiba too, my dad and friend have Arc 100s though and they've been problem free as well), Kingston, SanDisk, Crucial, Samsung, and recently Silicon Power with all of them still in service!

 

Where do you plan to order from? If their inventory is browse-able from the internet, I could help you look.


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Posted 22 May 2016 - 11:01 AM

Well I want to pick it up locally but we have so many options here that are also present in Amazon. 

 

I found this one: Corsair Force Series LE 240GB which looks good to me. I just need it to be reliable.

 

There is one thing that someone told me once which I don't know if it true or not. They said that the amount of reads and writes the computer performs on an SSD, shortens its lifespan and reliability. I did not do any research about so far but I don't think that is true, am I right?


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Posted 22 May 2016 - 11:51 AM

Well I want to pick it up locally but we have so many options here that are also present in Amazon. 

 

I found this one: Corsair Force Series LE 240GB which looks good to me. I just need it to be reliable.

 

There is one thing that someone told me once which I don't know if it true or not. They said that the amount of reads and writes the computer performs on an SSD, shortens its lifespan and reliability. I did not do any research about so far but I don't think that is true, am I right?

I haven't found any to be unreliable yet.

 

It's true that writing to the drive lowers its life but they're designed to handle a lot of it before it ever became a problem, years and years we're talking. You'll probably sell it and get it a new one long before that ever became an issue!


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Posted 22 May 2016 - 02:33 PM

The lower end drives only have 50-75TB of writes with TLC Nands. The chances of you actually getting to 75TB of data written to the drive is slim to none.

 

As an example, so far my laptop with a Crucial MX100 512GB (Paid $120) only has 7TB written to it after a year of abuse. The SSD I use on my main computer as a Temp drive only has 5TBs and the OS drive only 2TB after 2 years. I use to be concerned, but by the time I hit the mark even on the cheapest drive, the new ones will be double the capacity and half the price.

 

Most 240-256GB drives are only $70, if your lucky you can find Sandisk 960GB drive for $150 on sale.


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Posted 22 May 2016 - 05:54 PM

I've had awesome luck with Sandisk SSDs.  I have 10 of them in my desktop (480 GB boot, 240 GB random crap, and 8x128 GB RAID 0 for games) and they've been rock solid.  I have a 256 GB on the way for my new laptop as well (z400s model, super low power draw).


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Posted 23 May 2016 - 06:02 AM

Macrium Reflect is good to  use for cloning your old hard drive over to a new one, and it is free.  Some SSD manufacturers are including free software to do the same thing...also for free, you just have to check.  It is all pretty straightforward. 


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Posted 23 May 2016 - 02:58 PM

512 GB Samsung Evo and Acronis.  That's what I did not too long ago.


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Posted 24 May 2016 - 09:19 AM

Well thanks for the great info guys. 
I found this one on Amazon: http://www.amazon.co...-8&keywords=SSD

 

The 240 or the 480 both are fine with me. I can get either of them. Probably the 240 will be enough for me given that I have 3 TB of HDD storage. What do you think of it?


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Posted 24 May 2016 - 09:30 AM

Also, I guess this maybe a little of topic, I am thinking about getting an external HD to use as NAS. Do you have any recommendations on what to look into a device that can do that? Maybe there is some spec than I must have to get a good performance out of it or something like that. I will mainly use it for media streaming.


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Posted 24 May 2016 - 03:08 PM

Also, I guess this maybe a little of topic, I am thinking about getting an external HD to use as NAS. Do you have any recommendations on what to look into a device that can do that? Maybe there is some spec than I must have to get a good performance out of it or something like that. I will mainly use it for media streaming.

If you're building a NAS (or buying one) you can pretty much do no wrong, within reason.  A single HDD is more than enough to saturate gigabit connections.


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Posted 24 May 2016 - 09:13 PM

Well thanks for the great info guys. 
I found this one on Amazon: http://www.amazon.co...-8&keywords=SSD

 

The 240 or the 480 both are fine with me. I can get either of them. Probably the 240 will be enough for me given that I have 3 TB of HDD storage. What do you think of it?

 

For the same price ($150, 480GB) you can pick up a faster and newer drive http://www.amazon.co...10&keywords=SSD. I would buy that Sandisk one if you are planning on going with the larger size. Heck these things keep dropping in price. I paid $200 for my 480GB not to long ago.

 

Or samsung 950 EVO

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