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08-03-2012, 11:43 PM
SSD's are getting much cheaper (on newegg, you can find sales of 250gb for 170 dollars). As far as the speed dropping off, this is true to an extent. Because it is keeping bits of information on the memory modules, over time the clutter does build. However technology is in place now with SSD's to automatically remove clutter via a management firmware or software. This was only a concern of early SSD's.
What's funny is bits of information get left behind on standard spindle drives as well, and not only that but because they use spinning discs over time information can get split to opposite sides of the drive and significantly slowdown the access time of files. In addition entire sectors on the discs can go bad and become unusable. This causes the information to be forced into new sectors that may take longer to access.
SO honestly the only advantage of an old HDD is the price per GB.
Personally if I had the choice, i'd set up a RAID1 or other redundant RAID for keeping important files on and use a SSD for apps and files I need to load quickly.
Another option is to set up a RAID0 using standard HDD's. This will allow for around 2-4x the normal speed because it can read from both drives simultaneously instead of waiting for one drive to spin around to write to the proper sector. With windows 7 you can set up a software raid fairly easily (BE CAREFUL IF YOU ARE TRYING TO USE A DRIVE WITH DATA ON IT ALREADY): http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/36504...-in-windows-7/