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You better start believing in miracles; Thai flood-caused disk drive shortages are driving up disk prices beyond flash. Stifel Nicolaus analyst Aaron Rakers brings us the good news after talking to OCZ CEO Ryan Petersen on an investor call. Rakers says: "Recent HDD/SSD distribution indicates an average 20-25 per cent increase …


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    1. Bronek Kozicki Silver badge

      "TRIM probably* does not work"

      you are correct on this. You want SSD with good garbage collection, I think majority have it (certainly Crucial and Intel do).

      Anyway if you marry SSD with RAID, your contention is going to be RAID bandwidth anyway (unless you set the limit to few drives only). Modern SSDs are really much faster than HDDs and RAID cards can "feel" it. Also only few RAID cards support SSD, e.g. newer LSI.

  1. Jigr69

    SSD v HDD

    Having had the argument previously about reliability between HDD ad SSD with a colleague at work (who also kept quoting the Coding Horror article), I talked to Matt Heaton, from Bluehost etc, who said that in their companies experience, SSD's fail less often than HDD's. Given the size of the companies involved, I cannot imagine they would have taken the step from HDD to SSD lightly and without some hard facts about reliability of SSD.

    Obviously backup's are a given for either storage solutions, but if it's good for Blue host then it's good enough for me!

  2. unreggi


    "You better start believing in miracles..."

    Woot! Woot!

    A flood that has killed over 500 people? Is that the miracle to which you refer?

    You want to rethink that triumphalist horse you rode in on?

  3. Anonymous Coward

    Good News ...How?

    HDD is now *even more expensive* than SDD.

    There. Rewrote your entire story for you.

  4. Christian Berger Silver badge

    Data recovery

    One of the big pluses of SSD is of course that when they are broken, they are quite simple to recover. A data recovery company will simply de-solder the chips and put them into a reader. This requires far less skill than getting the data off a broken HDD.

    So for longer time storage SSD might already have a very good point.

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