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I'm Andy Warren, currently a SQL Server trainer with End to End Training. Over the past few years I've been a developer, DBA, and IT Director. I was one of the original founders of and helped grow that community from zero to about 300k members before deciding to move on to other ventures.

Upgrade Your Laptop to Solid State Drive

Saw an announcement in Eweek about this, so went looking and found this review of the Imation SSD Upgrade Kit. Comes with the software to clone your existing drive, fits 2.5 or 3.5 inch configurations. A quick search on pricing it looks like $$275-$300 for the 64G, about $450 for the 128G. I’ve been pleased with the SSD in my Dell E6500, but for many of us our current laptops work fine, so this is an nice alternative to replacing the  entire machine.

Let me know if you try it.


Posted by Dylan Finney on 16 July 2009

I put an X25-M in my laptop about 9 months ago, I don't know if I can ever go back!  SSD's have wormed their way into just about every system that I own now, it really makes a huge difference in a single drive system.

Posted by Brad M. McGehee on 16 July 2009

I have one of the new Samsung 256 GB SSD drives, and it is very fast. I highly recommend it.

Posted by Hugo Shebbeare on 24 July 2009

SSD is the way to go, converted since Sept. 08 when purchased the Dell XPS M1530 with 128GB SSD by Samsung - nice performance and the 6 cell battery is enough for just about all my uses so far. Of course, cannot wait for the Intel X25-m when they hit 256GB levels, since read times up to 180mbps (?, right).

Another cool thing is that if you need extra backup space for the laptop, SD cards and the Xpress card can hold 32GB each, which should be more than enough for essential and spill over space in the short term.

Posted by Petr Donth on 26 December 2009

I have Patriot Warp II 128 MB in my Sony Vaio SZ half of year. I'm very satisfied with quick start of Windows7 32-bit. The performance is much better than old 100 MB classic hard disk and also duration on battery is about 30% better.

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