A breath of SSD air for a 10-year-old (Linux) laptop

Discussion in 'all things UNIX' started by Mrkvonic, Jun 21, 2024.

  1. Mrkvonic

    Mrkvonic Linux Systems Expert

    May 9, 2005
    Can SSD work miracles on old hardware? My answer is revealed in this article showing the physical replacement process of a hard disk - from HDD to SSD in a 10-year-old Lenovo IdeaPad Y50-70 laptop, subsequent setup of the Kubuntu 24.04 LTS operating system, various issues related to installer, drivers and basic desktop functionality, new speed and responsiveness benchmarks, problems with performance with some programs, less-than-expected improvements overall, comparison to benchmarks and results from a decade back with alternative init systems and slower storage, implications for the wider ecosystem, and more. Take a look.


  2. reasonablePrivacy

    reasonablePrivacy Registered Member

    Oct 7, 2017
    Member state of European Union
    Does Xubuntu had WDE? Does come crypto-parameter changed or was added (number of iterations etc)? Things like PBKDF2 intentionally increase time to make brute-force attacks on weak to medium passwords more expensive.
    Comparing KDE to Xfce launch time is also not a fair comparision.

    In this time and age people don't shutdown computer that frequently. They rather sleep it or (less frequently) hibernate it. Yes, I know hibernate also uses encrypted storage.

    EASTER Registered Member

    Jul 28, 2007
    U.S.A. (South)
    Long, and i do mean extended long time dedicated user of mechanical spindle drives. YES an SSD is a milestone and revolution. It's been my experience anyhow. Will i one day convert ALL previous drives over to SSD? Simple answer is NO. BUT the SSD systems i keep will far outnumber those old slow crawlers left eventually.

    They DO make a difference and substantially improve performance of a machine once converted over. How long can they last and can they be expected to outlive a mechanical HDD?
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