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Windows 7: Need a budget SSD(40gb-60gb)

15 Dec 2011   #1
prantik007

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 
Need a budget SSD(40gb-60gb)

I am on a budget and looking for a SSD for a boot drive only. Currently my motherboard only has SATA II 3Gbps ports. So I am looking forward to OCZ Vertex 40gb,Corsair F40 40gb,Intel 520 & Crucial M4 40gb. Which one is the best in terms of reliability,warranty & read,write speed? and anyone having a SSD please share your experience.


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15 Dec 2011   #2
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Pay attention to the 4k access times. That's the most important statistic. Most are down around .1 ms. Read and write speed doesn't have much affect on day to day usage.

I'd go with Intel or the Crucial M4 for greater reliability and fewer issues, but I have no idea of pricing in India.
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15 Dec 2011   #3
prantik007

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Pay attention to the 4k access times. That's the most important statistic. Most are down around .1 ms. Read and write speed doesn't have much affect on day to day usage.

I'd go with Intel or the Crucial M4 for greater reliability and fewer issues, but I have no idea of pricing in India.

Ok how much read-write speeds can I get using the Crucial M4? Remember I have a SATA II port
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15 Dec 2011   #4
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

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15 Dec 2011   #5
prantik007

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

Thank you. And I want some more reviews from you people who are actually using it daily.
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15 Dec 2011   #6
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

You don't need to worry about reviews. Just compare the specs and pick one that fits in your budget. All of the ones you mentioned are quality drives that you would be happy with.
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15 Dec 2011   #7
Cristian0

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

As with most technologies, SSD is actually becoming affordable. There are several entry level drives that vary from $80 to $120 in price and 20GB to 60GB in size. However, I strongly advice to step it up to a bigger drive because you are going to run into several issues and annoyances if you go with a small capacity SSD.
First of all, since the drives are so small, the OS will most likely take half the space of the drive. You then install Office, Visual Studio, Photoshop, or any other big app that will benefit from the performance gains and you’ll start running out of space.
Putting media in a mechanical drive should go without saying. Then take a look at hibernation, if you are not on a laptop, you might want to consider disabling it. Hibernation uses an amount of space equivalent to the amount of RAM you have on your computer. 4GB is pretty common and 8GB is starting to become the norm, meaning that would be space you will have to live without. To disable it in Windows 7, open a command prompt and type powercfg -h off
Next, if you already have something in place to regularly back up your computer, consider disabling system restore. Go to the Control Panel, select to view by Large Icons instead of Category, pick System, and then System Protection. There, you can click on the Configure button, and you will be able to disable System Restore for your booting drive.
After that there is Pagefile.sys, a file in Windows that acts as virtual memory. If you have a large amount of RAM, you can easily do away with this file, make it smaller, or move it to another drive. Simply, go to System again, click on Advance System Properties, in the Advanced tab, click on the performance section the settings button. That will open the Performance Options window where you should click on the Advance tab, then on the Change… button in the Virtual Memory Section. Some sources advocate these changes for small performance gains or to extend your drive’s life, but the jury is still out on that. For certain, they will save you space in your drive. However, the latest intel chipset on the market, Z68, has a clever way to handle these small drives. It will allow you to use Smart Response Technology (aka SSD caching). It acts as cache for a mechanical drive. It will speed up your system automatically without having to deal with all the nuisance of a small SSD maintenance or SSDs in general.
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15 Dec 2011   #8
prantik007

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Cristian0 View Post
As with most technologies, SSD is actually becoming affordable. There are several entry level drives that vary from $80 to $120 in price and 20GB to 60GB in size. However, I strongly advice to step it up to a bigger drive because you are going to run into several issues and annoyances if you go with a small capacity SSD.
First of all, since the drives are so small, the OS will most likely take half the space of the drive. You then install Office, Visual Studio, Photoshop, or any other big app that will benefit from the performance gains and you’ll start running out of space.
Putting media in a mechanical drive should go without saying. Then take a look at hibernation, if you are not on a laptop, you might want to consider disabling it. Hibernation uses an amount of space equivalent to the amount of RAM you have on your computer. 4GB is pretty common and 8GB is starting to become the norm, meaning that would be space you will have to live without. To disable it in Windows 7, open a command prompt and type powercfg -h off
Next, if you already have something in place to regularly back up your computer, consider disabling system restore. Go to the Control Panel, select to view by Large Icons instead of Category, pick System, and then System Protection. There, you can click on the Configure button, and you will be able to disable System Restore for your booting drive.
After that there is Pagefile.sys, a file in Windows that acts as virtual memory. If you have a large amount of RAM, you can easily do away with this file, make it smaller, or move it to another drive. Simply, go to System again, click on Advance System Properties, in the Advanced tab, click on the performance section the settings button. That will open the Performance Options window where you should click on the Advance tab, then on the Change… button in the Virtual Memory Section. Some sources advocate these changes for small performance gains or to extend your drive’s life, but the jury is still out on that. For certain, they will save you space in your drive. However, the latest intel chipset on the market, Z68, has a clever way to handle these small drives. It will allow you to use Smart Response Technology (aka SSD caching). It acts as cache for a mechanical drive. It will speed up your system automatically without having to deal with all the nuisance of a small SSD maintenance or SSDs in general.

Ah I see.I think I will buy the Crucial M4. Have been hearing a lot about it
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15 Dec 2011   #9
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

40GB is going to be very tight. The OS alone will easily eat 1/2 of it. I'd look to at least 60GB.

I'm running 2 systems on 80GB SSD's and that seems to be manageable for me. I use the Intel drives. They are very solid performers and seem to be highly reliable.
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15 Dec 2011   #10
prantik007

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
40GB is going to be very tight. The OS alone will easily eat 1/2 of it. I'd look to at least 60GB.

I'm running 2 systems on 80GB SSD's and that seems to be manageable for me. I use the Intel drives. They are very solid performers and seem to be highly reliable.

Any idea about pricing in India? BTW hows the Corsair drive? I kinda like Corsair for their quality
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