From: Matt Keys ------------------------------------------------------ .all of which run much faster on SSDs. e.g., photoshop or GIMP loading time would be cut down to at least 1/3 of the time it takes on conventional HDD. I've managed to get small SSDs for OS and apps on all my machines and keep my large/cheap HDDs for "work" data. Another good buying point of SSDs is the life expectancy. If the "work" data is critical long term storage, there's much less likely a chance of failure on SSDs than with a spinning disk. It boils down to you get what you pay for. they're def worth paying $0.50/gb. As a good example, I have a client in the auto body industry. You wouldn't think they'd have a need for SSD, but his main computer work is on an application that runs on top of a large local database of part numbers, pictures of damage, diagrams, etc. After a 10+ years of migrating the data from one workstation to another, just creating a new work ticket eventually became really slow on his fairly new/powerful workstation with a single large SATA2 HDD. After he already tried maxing out the RAM it was still slow. so he calls me and asks WTF. I suggested a SSD to run his application and OS on and keep the SATA2 for damage pictures and misc data. He couldn't be happier with the speed. In fact, I got a few referral calls after that one from other shops in the area with the exact same situation. One shop in particular was running that same application on a central server with a good sized 3 HDD RAID5. Even the multiple spindles couldn't compare to the speed of a single SSD dedicated to the application. Eric is certainly right on this one. the additional productivity alone is worth the investment. From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of Chad Smith Sent: Monday, July 23, 2012 8:42 PM To: CHUGALUG Subject: Re: [Chugalug] OT/not sure?? Looking for software.. Yes because work is the only thing to use a computer for, smartass. Besides the fact that I do enjoy electronic entertainment in many forms (games, movies, music, books) - I actually /do/ have hundreds of gigs of work data. I'm a designer, so my work doesn't amount to basically text - which is what coding is, text. So my work takes up a lot more room. I produce videos - edit audio - images - huge, multi-layer photoshop files and desktop publishing files - some numbering for multiple hundreds of pages... You do the math, tiff files at 1200 dpi, HD 1080p raw videos, I have mp3 files that are bigger than 100 MB each - that's compressed / lossy stuff at 100 MB. So just because your work can be stored in .txt files doesn't mean everyone's can. - Chad W. Smith On Mon, Jul 23, 2012 at 7:09 PM, Eric Wolf wrote: Wow! You must be super productive to need that much data storage!