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Alienware m9750  (Source: Alienware)
Alienware embraces solid-state disks for its notebooks

The use of solid-state disks (SSDs) continues to expand with the announcement that Alienware will offer the speedy drives in its Area-51 m5550, Area-51 m9750 and Aurora m9700 notebooks.

Alienware is offering customers a wealth of options when it comes to SSD configurations. Customers can choose a single 32GB SSD, a 32GB SSD combined with a 200GB 7,200RPM HDD (which should provide a nice compromise of speed and storage capacity) and dual 32GB SSDs in a RAID-0 configuration (for maximum performance). The dual-drive configurations are only available on the Area-51 m9750 and Aurora m9700.

"Alienware's new flash-based solid state drive solutions dramatically accelerate performance for mobile storage applications," said Alienware Associate Director of Product Marketing Bryan de Zayas. "From blazing load times to rock-solid durability, all the essential features that customers look for in a notebook are maximized in Alienware mobile systems loaded with solid state drives."

The new SSD options are currently available from Alienware's online website. A single 32GB SSD will set you back $500. Stepping up to the 32GB SSD combined with a 200GB HDD costs $800. Going full bore with dual 32GB SSDs will add a whopping $920 to your total bill.

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RE: Good Grief
By wordsworm on 7/25/2007 3:09:46 AM , Rating: 1
Is your data worth $920? Some of my unique data is irreplaceable. Having solid state drives would greatly enhance the safety of that data. I do backups, and I would continue to do so. However, having the extra durability is *almost* worth the price.

RE: Good Grief
By theapparition on 7/25/2007 7:59:18 AM , Rating: 3
If your data is so irreplaceable (as is mine), you don't want to go with RAID-0!

RE: Good Grief
By TomZ on 7/25/2007 4:59:49 PM , Rating: 2
If your data is irreplaceable, you should have good backups, and then choose any RAID configuration you like. While it is true that RAID0 does increase your risk of having a problem, just using a HDD in the first place also carries considerable risk.

Therefore, the only rational way to mitigate that risk is through a good backup system, and that logic applies equally well to RAID0, no RAID, or RAID1.

RE: Good Grief
By theapparition on 7/26/2007 9:14:16 AM , Rating: 2
Backups are only valid to the last backup. Even daily backups can potentially cost a full day of work. That, in my view, is completely unacceptable for a long term strategy. Plus, there has never been an instance of backups going bad, has there???(/sarcasm)

Adding another drive in Raid 1/5/10 (plus a good backup plan) is signifigantly better since there is no downtime.

With a mirrored array, you are not decreasing your odds by half, they are decreasing exponentially since the odds that both drives fail at the same time are so much higher than a single failure.

For true data security, you should have redundant hardware, make frequent backups, and then store the backups in an insured/climatecontrolled/fireproof facility. I have a service that takes our backups and stores them.

RE: Good Grief
By Kamasutra on 7/26/2007 6:47:18 AM , Rating: 2
It is true that the RAID0 would halve the MTBF, but he also said he backs his data up anyway. Just curious, do you know the failure rate of these SSDs? I'm not sure if it's really that much more reliable as I haven't researched the subject, but it appears he's just making the argument that the convenience would be worth it to him.

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