1/28/2012 9:38:56 PM

Pros: The drive is certainly faster than any spinning-disk drive I've ever owned; and it makes my laptop run like it's almost brand new. BUT, keep in mind that this drive is capable of SO much more than most laptops will ever be able to access/use. Other notable features are that it's totally quiet; and it runs much cooler than spinning-disk drives.

Cons: The biggest con to me is that, unless you are running Windows 7 or a new version of Linux, then you won't have TRIM support. It's not a major issue, but it without it, the drive's performance will decrease. What TRIM does, is tell the drive that a space is free to be overwritten. Unlike spinning-disk drives, SSD has to be told after data is written to a particular place on the device, that that place is free when you delete a file. Without TRIM, the drive has to clear that part of the disk, and then write to it - which can decrease performance. Why Microsoft hasn't produced an update for Vista and older versions of Windows that provides TRIM support is most-likely due to greed and arrogance. Whatever you do, if you buy any SSD, make sure you do a little research and turn off any "features" in your OS that might slow down the drive and/or shorten the drive's life. In Windows Vista, for instance, all drives are defragmented regularly, but you should turn it off on SSD drives.

Overall Review: The size of this drive is barely acceptable for my needs. To be fair, I have Windows Vista 64, Java, MS Office, Open Office, Eclipse, Android SDK, Cygwin, and a few other smaller apps installed on it. I moved my swapfile, email, and other apps that change frequently to my other spinning-disk drive. At this time, I have 23 GB remaining out of the 83 GB usable space. So, if you only have one drive bay and/or have a need for more applications, then get a 120 GB or larger drive.

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