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Old 7th Feb 2014, 10:51   #1
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SSD shipments spike in 2013

82 per cent boost in sales last year.
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Old 7th Feb 2014, 11:08   #2
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It seems odd to me that IHS counts optical drives, HDD and SSD but doesn't track USB drive.
From what i have read they claim that storage sales fell 5% last year but if they counted USB drives, that i think people maybe using instead of optical it may not have shown a decline.
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Old 8th Feb 2014, 10:57   #3
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I havn't had an optical drive for about 3/4 years now. I have windows 7 install on a bootable USB drive if I ever need to re-install. And all my games are downloaded via the likes of steam, origin ect.
Backups of essential files are also on USB's and "the cloud"
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PCs without optical drives are an option for many but there are still certain situations where they will always be needed as long as the entertainment industry still supports them. I wouldn't dream of building a HTPC without one as not all CDs, DVDs or Blu-Rays have digital versions although for all other builds I would probably opt to go without and will probably invest in an external burner at some point for that 'just in case' scenario.
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Blu-ray is a must for my htpc. Not only that but games are quite often cheaper in physical format. For those reasons alone I say **** you and raise two fingers to the anti-physical media brigade. Now, if they started packaging games and movies on thumb drives, I'd be right behind you.
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games maybe cheaper but u can always dump the key in steam origin or likewise and download them and throw away the disc. but that maybe just be being spoiled by my internet connection. also i don't have a optical drive.
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