Join Date: Mar 2005
Sportbike: Multistrada 1100S; CBR600RR
Years Riding: Since 2004
How you found us: CRR
I've switched all developers on my team to SSDs over over a year ago (or was it two already? can't remember...). It makes a huge difference, especially for IO intensive tasks and especially on laptops. Replacing HDD with SSD is the single biggest performance improvement you can make with a PC.
Very important thing to note: some older SSDs / previous versions of Windows XP (or any other version pre-Vista) is a time bomb combination. The OS will write the swap file data to the same location and it would quickly degrade the SSD. We had 2 or 3 drives killed that way.
Other than the issue mentioned above, we did not have reliability issues at all. Having that said, keep in mind that when SSDs fail, they typically fail suddenly and completely. With HDDs you normally get some warnings and a short period of time where you can offload the data. With SSD you get an instant brick and if there is no backup, you are fucked.
We are running Crucial 128Gb drives, they cost abound $230 with shipping. If you don't store a bunch of multimedia files / pics, it's more than enough for work/software development.
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