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When you are recovering from a long period of hard times and light appears at the end of the tunnel and gets closer and closer until you emerge into glorious daylight, you get a spring in your step and start making plans. Now you're back on your feet, the world becomes an oyster again, and you go off in different directions …

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Useless stats

"Samsung has just announced its 256GB SSD for notebooks that does sequential writes at up to 200MB/sec (seq' reads: 220MB/sec)..."

Woohoo, more useless stats. Few people care about sequential reads and writes because that's not what 99% of your accesses are. You need to know the random reads and writes (which should still be much better than disk, but still not as good as sequential due to the page/lbock sizes of SSD storage). More importantly, though, how does it deal with lots of smaller files? Any device can handle one large file rather well. It's when you're reading and (much more so) writing lots of small files that you really see things slow to a crawl. I'd like to see a universal test wherein part of the test is reading and writing lots of small files. Then we'd see how drives will operate in the real world. Theoretical numbers and peak numbers are meaningless except to PHBs.

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Areal density

Is that something to do with nipple size?

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