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SSD Interfaces - SATA Compactibility

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    Hi guys,

    The old Desktop which I have been using is still going strong, however I feel its time to upgrade. I dont want to upgrade in a single shot, so I am planning to buy a SSD which can be used even at a later stage, as the existing motherboard and processor cannot be used!!

    Anyway, the motherboard (Intel D915GAV) supports SATA, but the question is whether the SSD SATA now a days are backward compatible?
    The existing SATA interface is is SATA I (upto 1.5Gbps) I guess. Any suggestions?

    Thanks
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    Once you buy a SSD for your computer I can assure you you wont really think about getting a new machine. Getting a SSD is the best thing you can do with your money when it comes to speeding things up.

    SATA 1 is not a problem for SSD but your top speed will be restricted that is all. 1.5Gbps is a lot any way and we would hardly need anything more then that in our daily usage unless you are doing something to very large files.

    I recently added SSD to my aging Dell i3 Inspiron desktop and I am glad that I spent that money. Make sure you get a good quality and long warranty even if it means spending 400-500 extra.

    My suggestion would be to get a small SSD to add it as SSD cache instead of replacing the whole thing. This set up is also a little more fault tolerant. This is not based on experience but hear and say. Pure SSD cannot be beaten though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Admin View Post
    My suggestion would be to get a small SSD to add it as SSD cache instead of replacing the whole thing. This set up is also a little more fault tolerant. This is not based on experience but hear and say. Pure SSD cannot be beaten though.

    How to make the cache arrangement? This is something new to me! Is this similar to the Hybrid disks produced by Seagate, which has both SSD storage and the disk!

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    When I was researching about different SSD that is when I found out and the ones that have this cache option have an inbuilt cache management software or whatever they call it. I cannot remember the name of the brand but I can look it up for you if you want. That SSD was smaller in capacity and also a lot cheaper in price. Boot times would come down very sharply with this cache disk and all the tasks that you perform daily would work a lot faster. These work exactly like a hybrid disk but these will use your existing hard disk to pull data.

    I also dont see much point in spending too much money and making the computer purely SSD because we dont really need SSD to save for example a 3GB file that we only need for viewing may be twice a year. SSD prices do not justify such usage.

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    Please let me know about this particular option that you are referring to. I am aware about the hybrid drive, but not the 'cache' type!
    Is it similar to this?
    http://www.seagate.com/in/en/tech-in...ity-master-ti/

    Thanks in advance!
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    When we use SSD just for cache it would work along side your existing hard drive and would cache all the frequently used applications which would make read and write speed much faster without having to spend a lot of money. Even a 32GB SSD would be enough for the job. Those SSD which can be used for cache come with a software that manages cache. I did look for it but couldn't find which ones come with cache option.

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