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Windows 7: Reusing a master HDD with corrupt OS as a slave...couple questions!

02 Dec 2012   #41
whs
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Here is a detailed analysis of the 840 - if you have time to read. It is 12 pages long.

Samsung’s 840 Series SSD reviewed | Ars Technica


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02 Dec 2012   #42
Lauratron

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Do you have a flash stick plugged in at time you reboot, or any other drive?

Try setting SSD first to boot in BIOS setup to be sure.

Run a full Disk Check
Alrighty, did this. Restarted it three times and it worked fine. Going to use it a little and then do a couple more rounds of restart to see what happens.
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03 Dec 2012   #43
whs
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Here is a good alternative at an excellent price: Newegg.com - Crucial M4 CT256M4SSD2 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Watch the promo code which is only today 12/3
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03 Dec 2012   #44
Lauratron

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We restarted multiple times yesterday, even after using it for most of the day, and we weren't able to get the error to come up again. Do we assume we fixed the issue with Disk Check and keep the SSD? I haven't even bothered loading any more programs yet because I don't want to have to go through the trouble again if we're just going to have to reload windows on a new SSD BUT I don't want to get a new one if what we were experiencing was minor and is now resolved.
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03 Dec 2012   #45
whs
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That is a tough call and very hard to say. Just monitor it during the time frame where you can still return it. If it crops out on you again, get rid of it. There are always special offerings at Newegg.
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03 Dec 2012   #46
Lauratron

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Here is a detailed analysis of the 840 - if you have time to read. It is 12 pages long.

Samsung’s 840 Series SSD reviewed | Ars Technica
Just got a chance to read this finally; really informative and even though a lot of it was over my head it still gave me a general understanding, so thanks!

The write times for RAW were saddening, but then I'm not entirely sure I fully grasp what constitutes "writing" on a SSD/HDD set up and how it will impact me with how I use it. With Photoshop for example; this is how the process works for me. I shoot images in RAW, open them in Adobe Bridge, edit about 10 images at a time, open in Photoshop and edit further. Then each image gets saved as a PSD, a high res jpeg, and a web ready jpeg. I save all of these on an external HDD (each year of my photography business gets its own HDD) and then I save a backup of the PSD files on my internal HDD and my husband's. Obviously now with the SSD it will be about the same except I'll never save the files to the SSD. So will the RAW write times really effect me in this case?

I'm going to be most paranoid about making sure that what I'm doing isn't causing rewrites on the SSD and decreasing its life...if I'm understanding that correctly. Like, I do a lot of Internet browsing. Is keeping the temp folder for Firefox on the SSD decreasing it's life? Are certain games going to decrease the life with file rewrites? I just want to make sure I'm doing what's best for keeping it running efficently.

Is anyone getting annoyed by my sad lack of knowledge yet??
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03 Dec 2012   #47
whs
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The write performance will largely depend on the blocksize of the files. But in any event, it will be a lot faster than to a spinning HDD. So I would not worry about it.

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I'm going to be most paranoid about making sure that what I'm doing isn't causing rewrites on the SSD and decreasing its life...
That is another one of those fairy tales. In no way will you ever wear out the SSD with write operations for the lifetime of the SSD. Lifetime meaning the amount of years you will probably keep it. One of my 3 year old SSDs still has a life expectency until 2022. By that time it will be since long in the bin.
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03 Dec 2012   #48
Bumpkin

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Don't confuse the term RAW. A RAW photo file has no relation to the RAW specs of SSD drives.

As whs posted, if you have more problems with the drive, replace it with another.
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03 Dec 2012   #49
whs
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bumpkin View Post
Don't confuse the term RAW. A RAW photo file has no relation to the RAW specs of SSD drives.

As whs posted, if you have more problems with the drive, replace it with another.
Right - RAW image formats and RAW disk formats are two different things.
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03 Dec 2012   #50
LittleJay

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lauratron View Post
We restarted multiple times yesterday, even after using it for most of the day, and we weren't able to get the error to come up again. Do we assume we fixed the issue with Disk Check and keep the SSD? I haven't even bothered loading any more programs yet because I don't want to have to go through the trouble again if we're just going to have to reload windows on a new SSD BUT I don't want to get a new one if what we were experiencing was minor and is now resolved.
The thing I would do is create system images of your SSD before and after you install all your programs. That way, if the SSD gives you trouble, you can restore the image you saved on your second HDD, to the replacement SSD. You can use the native imaging program in Backup and Restore, or a third party software, like Macrium Reflect, Easeus Todo Backup, Acronis True Image, etc. I know WHS is a fan of Macrium Reflect and can give you pointers on how to use it.
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