I’m Now On the Solid State Disk Bandwagon–I’ve Gone To The Dark, err Fast Side!

So I finally decided to jump on the SSD bandwagon. Up to this point, I’ve simply said, they can’t be that good, no way I’m spending that kind of money on a hard drive.   I recently built a new Hyper-V lab at home, and it’s been working out great for me, the performance is outstanding.  I also however, always carry a full ConfigMgr lab around with me on my laptop.  This allows me to do demo’s for clients as well as test things when needed.  Or mainly just show people how life would be so much simpler if they would just use the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit.  First, I had this lab running on my single laptop drive, not so good, things got SLOW.  Then I was using a Lacie 1TB external esata drive.  This worked great, but was HEAVY, and one more thing I have to carry around in my already heavy backup (maybe I’m just a wimp).  Plus I got funny looks from clients as I pulled out my laptop, my hard drive, my power supply, my laptop power supply, my esata cable, my monster power strip, and then proceeded to plug everything in.  I’m pretty sure they were thinking, are you going to bill me for this time?

In an effort to increase my efficiency, and be “green”, I decided to replace my DVD drive with a HD caddy and a SSD disk.  Don’t you need a DVD drive? I don’t apparently, I have never used it in all the time I’ve had my laptop, it’s just taking up valuable HD space!  I thought about just buying another 7200RPM drive, but I figured, what the heck, I’ll try this SSD new-fangled thingy.  I’m here to report I have converted to a SSD enthusiast.  I have also been called names by friends that I can’t repeat, because after seeing what I’m about to post, they decided they will have to go buy one as well.  I still stand by saying that is NOT my fault.

So, is there a point to this conversation we’re having? Yes, there is, keep reading!

Well, I was chatting with another colleague and he was asking how well my TowerRaid assembly was performing in my home lab, he was trying to decided if he needed to go buy one.  Yes he does I told him repeatedly.  So we were trying to figure out how to test the performance of it, so I downloaded this product (HD Tune Pro) that I found with a Google search (sorry Bing).  I decided to test all my hard drives while I was at it for the sake of it, and I found the results to be quite interesting!

So some background first. I promise I’ll show you pretty pictures/graphs in a little bit.

My laptop is a Lenovo W510 i7 with a Toshiba 500GB internal drive, and now a Mushkin Enhanced 240GB SSD in the DVD bay.

My lab at home is a custom-built i7, 24GB DDR3 1600, 320GBx2 Raid 0 for the Operating System, and then a SansDigital TowerRaid.  The TowerRaid connects to the host computer via dual Sata 6GB connections via PCI-E controller card.  I have 8 1.5TB Seagate drives in a Raid 10 configuration (6TB).  Works fantastic for running my little Hyper-V lab at home. 

Ok enough chatting already, lets see the results! AKA Pretty pictures/graphs.

Laptop Drive Toshiba 500GB

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Laptop Drive Mushkin SSD in DVD bay

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TowerRaid 8×1.5TB Raid 10

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Intel 320GBx2 Raid 0

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