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It's official: prices for solid states drives are bonkers -- in a good way. Especially if you can get one at a discount. Take this eBay deal for a 2.5" 500GB Samsung 850 EVO. Normally $400 (the RRP anyway), it can be yours for the scrumptious figure of $188 delivered.

Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.

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System tweakers are familiar with CPU-Z and GPU-Z. While made by different developers, the "Z" universally signifies a lightweight utility for querying the capabilities of your PC's hardware -- in this case your processor and graphics card. You can now add SSD-Z to the bunch for giving your SSD a quick quiz.

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The Australian dollar might be weaker than it was a year ago, but bargains can still be found on the likes of Amazon. If you're in the market for an SSD, Samsung's 500GB 850 EVO is currently on-sale for $US180. Even when you factor in the exchange rate and shipping, it's a great deal compared to local offerings.

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You've probably heard before that you should never defragment your SSD; conventional wisdom says not only do solid state drives not need defragging, doing so would cause unnecessary writes to the drive. Well, Windows does sometimes defragment SSDs -- on purpose.

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Compared to tried-and-true magnetic storage, SSDs are still finding their feet. And like all technologies, it can be hard to predict the issues that might pop up after long-term use without, you know, using them long-term. Take for instance Samsung, which is discovering just now that its 840 EVO series of SSDs have a bug that cripples read performance, but requires at least one-month old data on the drive before the problem appears.

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At the start of 2011, OCZ announced it would leave the enthusiast RAM market to focus on solid-state drives. Two years on and it appears the decision didn't pan out for the company, with a bankruptcy filing likely, followed by the liquidation of its assets if no interested buyers can be found.

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Yesterday, Synology showed off the latest update to its NAS server operating system; DiskStation Manager (DSM) 4.3. The new release ushers in a host of significant enhancements for home and business users, including improved SSD storage efficiency, better customisation and a range of completely overhauled multimedia features. Here's a look at the highlights.

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You've upgraded your RAM, installed a faster CPU and coughed up for a fresh video card, but your magnetic hard drives are holding you back. If you've resisted the temptation to invest in a solid state replacement, now might be your chance, with US retailer B&H Photo Video offering Crucial's M4 256GB for $US179.95. Add $US32.26 for shipping and the total goes to $US212.21 -- or $210 Australian (as of writing).

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A few months back, I was looking to migrate my aging Dell M1330 from its 160GB magnetic HDD to a Crucial M4 128GB SSD. I was reluctant to do a straightforward backup and clean install of Windows 7 onto the SSD, including reinstalling applications, if I could avoid it. So, I did some Google investigating and tried several open source options, before settling on Clonezilla. Sadly, after fluffing around for hours trying to configure a backup, Clonezilla would either hang or stop mid-way, a painful experience when backing up over 100GB of data. Little did I know there was a much easier way to get the job done.