Re: SSD's in a Sonar DAW: One vs. Two, and Partitioning Impacts
I went down the SSD road after losing two RAID0 arrays as well, in my case one Barracuda went bad after six months use and its warranty replacement lasted five months. Then I gave up and bought a couple of Intel SSDs (in sig), one for the C drive and one to spool audio to.
The audio drive's been pretty heavily used over the last three, nearly four, years and is still going strong. I've recorded to it, taken stuff off it to free up space sometimes, put stuff I wanted to re-work back on it from the external drives I use for mass storage and it still reports everything is fine.
Modern generation drives should be even better. MLC SSDs better again, from a wear point of view at least, and if you use one that connects directly to the PCIe bus the performance gets even better. SSDs, even earlier ones, don't seem to suffer from the high failure/wear-out rate that was feared a few years ago.
Most laptops, all Macbooks and many Macs have one as their only internal drive and if rapid failure and warranty repairs were an issue the computer manufacturers wouldn't be using them in the millions.
What, if any, advantage they offer over spinning platters in legacy IDE mode however I don't know. It might be worth checking what happens to the data bandwidth in that mode - if an HDD can pretty much use all of it there's little point in going down the SSD route other than for faster access times and less (zero) acoustic noise.
Another thing to check is whether it's possible to send TRIM commands to SSDs in legacy IDE. A drive that doesn't get sent TRIM will still work faster than an HDD, but nothing like as fast as a TRIMed one, and will show slow-down tendencies over time. Though deleting all its contents, re-formating and giving the drive's built in garbage collection every chance to do its thing might help. Garbage collection in the absence of TRIM is one area a less than full drive might perform better. I'm not sure about that though, I've seen conflicting reports. You can't send TRIM over USB either, in case that might be an issue.
Finally, I'm sure you know this but I'll say it anyway - never, ever defrag an SSD. More modern versions of Windows know what an SSD is and won't defrag one automatically or even let you defrag one. Older Windows that pre-dates SSDs may not behave so nicely.
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