Re: [SatSignal] Re: new key
Guy Martin <guymartin@...>
Arne,toggle quoted messageShow quoted text
I thought we'd move here as we were off topic. I'm running the trial version of Stellar Smart. It reads both disks OK. The temp of the 250Gb Seagate Barracuda starts at 24C and levels off at 37C even after 6hrs. The SSD has no temp readout, it doesn't get warm.
Running Roadkil's Disk Speed test I get a max speed of 160MB/sec for the SSD (varies slightly with the block size) which agrees roughly with the makers figures of 150MB/sec. They also quote the same figures for MLC & SLC via a SATA2 interface. You would need some form of DMA interface to make use of the very expensive SLC drives. The Seagate only makes 72.4MB/sec max thus confirming my subjective impression of faster boot-up, shutdown and general use.
I use a separate machine for receive, an older model but ticks along happily.
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Sent: Thursday, August 27, 2009 9:01 PM
Subject: [SatSignal] Re: new key
Although speedtesting software can be fooled by ramdisks and fast SSDs, you could try the free versions of HDtune and HDtach.
HDtune will also read temperature and other SMART parameters.
If the SSD performs well you could place Tellicast's *.fsy files on it to get more free ram.
--- In SatSignal@yahoogroups.com, "Guy Martin" <guymartin@...> wrote:
> OK, I'll look into it. I was going to try some read/write speed software (if there is any around).
> I use the 32Gb SSD as C: & D: (system and applications) everything else is on a 250Gb standard drive.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: a_van_belle
> To: SatSignal@yahoogroups.com
> Sent: Wednesday, August 26, 2009 10:01 PM
> Subject: [SatSignal] Re: new key
> Hello David and Guy,
> Yes these SSD's are getting more affordable now. But for Eumetcast image storage SSDs are still to small/expensive so a second harddisk is required. But Windows, programs and Tellicast should run a lot faster on SSD.
> About readyboost, many say that it is easier than a memory upgrade but with more than 1 or 2 GB You won't see much improvement anymore.
> readyboost is disabled if you run windows from and SSD.
> Guy can you monitor SSD temperature using SMART ?
> Arne van Belle
> --- In SatSignal@yahoogroups.com, "David J Taylor" <gm8arv@> wrote:
> > From: "Guy Martin" <>
> > Sent: Wednesday, August 26, 2009 9:05 AM
> > To: <SatSignal@yahoogroups.com>
> > Subject: Re: [SatSignal] new key
> > > Hello David,
> > >
> > > Thanks for the new keys.
> > >
> > > There's not much to say really, a 32Gb MLC is about £80. My son works in
> > > Japan so I saved £20 off of the price. SLC drives are faster in theory
> > > but because of the limitations of the SATA interface MLC & SLC appear
> > > about the same and SLC are _very_ expensive. All my comparisons are
> > > subjective. Boot up and shutdown are completed in about half the time
> > > but this depends on your machine loading and it is of course totally
> > > silent.
> > > I can put a few words together for GEO if you think there is interest
> > > but I stress, it is only a subjective comparison.
> > >
> > > Cheers, Guy
> > Yes, I'm sure that all the readers of the GEO Quarterly would appreciate
> > an insight - as you say the impression is of SSDs being expensive, so are
> > they worth it? Hearing from a non-sales person about how they work in
> > practice would be most interesting.
> > At a much cheaper level, I've ordered up a couple of 4GB and 8GB USB
> > memory sticks to see what Ready Boost might, or might not, do for Vista
> > and Windows-7, and GEO readers would be interested to hear of folks'
> > experience there as well. Nothing to report as yet - my existing 4GB
> > stick was too slow, and my 1GB stick didn't seem to work on Vista?
> > Cheers,
> > David
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