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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 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.


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