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So my server O/S(windows 7 64 running flexraid) drive is showing a few errors via crystal disk info, and to be honest its a 500 GB drive that has served me well for years so this isn't unexpected. I want to replace it before it fails so that leaves me with the choice of using an existing 150 GB WD raptor, or purchasing a new 60 GB Intel SSD (330 series). I have SSD's in all of my client systems so I'm not entirely unfamiliar with them, but I've never used one for a server O/S before. Are there any caveats using an SSD (I'm guessing none) but I just want to make sure.

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No. Should be the same as your other pcs.
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Thank you sir.

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I have been researching SSD's lately and have found that to maintan performance you want to partition the drive and only use 70% of the available space. The idea is well explained here by Tilleroftheearth http://forum.notebookreview.com/solid-state-drives-ssds-flash-storage/707276-unallocated-space-ssd.html#post9068560
So obviously if you do this you will only have about 40 GB useable space.
http://www.anandtech.com/show/5817/the-intel-ssd-330-review-60gb-120gb-180gb/9

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He's right, kinda. The more spare area you've got on a SSD the more consistent performance you'll get since it will have to do less erase cycles which take a lot of time in the SSD world. Now I don't think this is really necessary for a server OS drive since it's not going to get used as much as a regular OS drive, and even if it was the speed isn't as big a deal. So what he's recommending is a good practice sometimes. I just don't think it's needed in this case.
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What's wrong with using that raptor for the OS? Speeds are probably comparable to the SSD, and he's already got it. No money to be spent. Use the SSD's for the clients, absolutely, but is an SSD really necessary for a server?
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