Solved how to select SSD

December 27, 2013 at 07:44:25
Specs: Linux x86_64, AMD8-core
Hi all,

I'm planning to build a box running Oracle VirtualBox as virtualizer. The setup will be;

Linux OS and software on SSD - 120G
VMs and data on WD Black series HDD - 1.5TB

I wonder which shall I go mSATA or SATA III? Please shed me some light. TIA

Rgds
satimis


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December 27, 2013 at 19:25:20
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Not all mSATA runs at SATA III speed, many run at SATAII speed. Not all MB will allow mSATA as bootable in BIOS. For these two reasons and the general fact that room on most desktops are not an issue, I would recommend a standard 2.5" SSD on SATAIII and if the drive and case do not include a 2.5" drive mount, get a 2.5" to 3.5" drive adapter/mount.
Look at continuous read/write speeds (not peak), SATA III, and reports on reliability from users (newegg.com, etc.). All products can be expected to have an occasional problem, but multiple issues and many with the same problem should be avoided.

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December 27, 2013 at 19:46:21
Hi,

Thanks for your advice.

I just setup a PC for daily working with following detail;

Daily working PC (this PC having been running about 1 year)
AMD 8-Core
RAM 32G

Intel SSD 120G - for OS and software
WD Black label HHD -SATA III 1TB - for VMs and storage

The booting speed is wonderful including booting VMs

$ sudo lshw -class disk[code]
*-disk:0
description: ATA Disk
product: INTEL SSDSC2CT12
physical id: 0
bus info: scsi@0:0.0.0
logical name: /dev/sda
version: 300i
serial: CVMP241104R8120BGN
size: 111GiB (120GB)
capabilities: partitioned partitioned:dos
configuration: ansiversion=5 signature=000cde8a

*-disk:1
description: ATA Disk
product: WDC WD1002FAEX-0
vendor: Western Digital
physical id: 3
bus info: scsi@3:0.0.0
logical name: /dev/sdc
version: 05.0
serial: WD-WCATR2913437
size: 931GiB (1TB)
capabilities: partitioned partitioned:dos
configuration: ansiversion=5 signature=000c92e3
[/code]

I'm now prepared to reconfigure the spare PC with similar setup

Spare PC (an old box having been running several years)
AMD 4-core
RAM 8G

WD Black label HHD -SATA III 1.5 TB.

[code]
*-disk:0
description: ATA Disk
product: WDC WD2002FAEX-0
vendor: Western Digital
physical id: 2
bus info: scsi@2:0.0.0
logical name: /dev/sdb
version: 05.0
serial: WD-WMAWP0496236
size: 1863GiB (2TB)
capabilities: partitioned partitioned:dos
configuration: ansiversion=5 signature=00064d3a
[/code]

This spare box doesn't support mSATA.

On googling I found following SSD:
ADATA SX300 128GB mSATA SATA3 6Gb/s (Solid State Drive, SSD)

ADATA SX300 128GB mSATA SSD Review
http://www.overclockersclub.com/rev... SX300 128GB mSATA SSD Review - Overclockers Club

Corsair Force GS Series 128GB 2.5" SATA3 6Gb/s SSD CSSD-F128GBGS-BK

Force Series™ GS 128GB SATA 3 6Gb/s Solid-State Hard Drive
http://www.corsair.com/us/force-ser...


The spare box will phase out soon when AMD releases the new desktop CPU. I'm waiting. There will be no sense to me building another 8-core and 32G RAM PC. My next PC will be >8-core and >32G RAM

Comment on selecting SSD would be appreciated. TIA

Rgds
satimis

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