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In the market for a new SSD or HDD any advice ?

Level 7
Hello members, it has been a while hope you are all doing well

I'm currently in the market for a new SSD or HDD or SSD/HDD Hybird

Just under 3 years old System Spec are as follows-

Primary Drive- SanDisk SSD 256Gb (This is the guy in question I want to replace)

Secondary Drive- Seagate Barracuda 3Tb

CPU- Intel Core i7 3960x

RAM- Patriot Intel extreme masters 16gb (4x4)

GPU- Asus GTX680 Direct CU II

Mobo- Asus Rampage 4 Extreme

Here's the reason why-

The SSD is only used for the OS and the OS only for everything and anything else, including downloads, games, videos, music and software- e.g. MS office or Google Chrome are installed or saved to the 3tb Seagate HDD

Working fine until today- 31st of July 2015

Symptoms include-

Start up- taking longer than expected, SSD now takes 40 seconds to load where as before it took 18 seconds to boot.

Laggy inputs= eg when pressing the "Start button" usually be in an instant now takes 4-5 seconds to open the menu

Accessing programs= MS Office for example takes longer than expected to load up.

Saving items= documents/ CAD models and saving screenshots results in the program not responding

Ran diagnosis at first I thought my OS was corrupted but ran a boot check as well as when logged into windows no errors found.

Ran the Sandisk Dashboard program and got Error Code 1,

So rang up SanDisk to see what Error Code 1 means, in short I need to replace it- as it was failing . As my SSD was covered for 3 years Warranty, I asked can I claim off the warranty- they said yes and offered to replace my old SSD with a new one, they said my one- the
"normal" SSD was out of stock and they are offering me the "Ultimate Pro" version 256 SSD as replacement.

SanDisk also said if I was to buy this SSD it comes with a 10 year Warranty, but because I'm claiming off warranty I will only have up
until May 2016.

I took them up on the offer to have a replacement sent out anyway BUT-

Now part of me is thinking that "hmmm I dunno should I go with this SSD for my primary drive ?"

After all I don't want it to fail less than 3 years down the line despite what the company has said on their headlines.

So when I get this one I'm planning to sell it to my mate.

I still want a secondary Drive to put my OS on only, not too bothered with SSD technology, yes its good to have but would go for reliability more than anything.

Or am I being too optimistic on how long an SSD should last here ?

Any advice and comments are welcomed and I'll be looking forward to reading them


Level 12
Intel micron 3d nand is coming


Intel and Micron gave out relative speeds: the XPoint memory is up to 1,000 times faster than today's NAND (assume MLC), and has up to 1,000 times greater endurance than NAND, and is 10 times denser than conventional memory.

We're told "NAND latency is measured in microseconds, and 3D XPoint technology latency is measured in nanoseconds (one-billionth of a second)."

With a consumer-grade SSD writing 40GB/day for 5 years, an XPoint SSD could write 40TB/day for 5 years, essentially making SSD endurance limitations a thing of the past.

An XPoint memory chip will store 128Gbits (16GB), meaning a 3D XPoint SSD will have the same capacity range as a current SSD using 128Gbit NAND chips that are 1 bit/cell, SLC, or single level cell NAND.