There were a lot of questions and interest regarding the imation SSD write-ups. Some of it we could but many we could not answer at present as we still have the SSD configured as an external drive. All of our testing to date are from booting and running the OS from the SSD as an external device. All our applications appear to function normally. The OS and the apps running on the SSD does boot, run, and shutdown a lot faster compared to the internal hard drive. Originally we had planned to do the physical swap after a few days of burn-in, but have decided to not do that until the next year. There were a few reasons for this decision.
The first reason was we experienced a severe disk corruption a few days into the SSD burn-in test. We tracked down the corrupted files but were not able to determine the root cause of the problem. The decision was to run the SSD in an external configuration for a while just in case the problem surfaces again. It has been more than two weeks since we had the data corruption. Fortunately, there has been no hints of any further issues. However, we'll let it run for a few more weeks just to be sure.
The second reason why we delayed our schedule was because of Micron's recent RealSSD announcement. The RealSSD C300 drives are based on Micron's high-speed MLC NAND, proprietary controller and NAND management technology, and the SATA 6 Gb/s interface. These drives claim to deliver sequential read and write speeds of up to 355 MB/s and 215 MB/s, respectively. All this bandwidth-focused performance could dramatically improve boot and application load times.
We will be doing a side-by-side comparison of the imation SSD with the newly announced Micron RealSSD before we decide which one to use for the MacBook Pro drive swap. Look for it in 2010. [Permalink] -imation SSD Testing