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Prevent SSD wear by using a RAM disk for cache
Authored by: oto on Jan 12, '11 04:11:20PM


With Snow Leopard, will a ram disk noticeably benefit browsing performance, either Safari or Firefox? (My current daily use is primarily browsing. I've a good 20+ download Comcast connection. Even when in Developer menu, I've disabled caches, I hear a bunch of drive activity. Activity Monitor seems to show a bunch of disk IO as well.)

As an aside... I've been considering getting a Seagate Momentus XT hybrid SSD 500G drive -- now that they seemed to have fixed things with their December ver SD24 firmware update. And probably will when I upgrade my drive for capacity. The drive has been available as low as $90., so if I wait for another promo, it's not a lot more than another 7200RPM 500G drive.


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Prevent SSD wear by using a RAM disk for cache
Authored by: alocin on Jan 21, '11 08:40:15AM

FYI: i had the Seagate you are thinking of getting and i wasn't happy with it. The speed was good but it had a lots of DULL moments when the HD would almost freeze. I did a firmware upgrade but the problem persisted. It was really annoying especially while watching movies.
i've replaced it with a OWC SSD :-)

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