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Windows 7: dell inspriron 17r changing std hd to a ssd

09 Nov 2013   #1
kaschiro

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dell inspriron 17r changing std hd to a ssd

I have a dell 17r inspiron lap top. I am thinking replacing the standard 5800 rpm hd with a SSD hd, to gain extra speed,
1. is this a wise choice?
2. if I do this, do I have to install all of the dell stuff that is on it, ie drivers ? does win 7 have all the drivers that I need
3. how much speed will I get, ie percentages
4. What model/product I only need about a 120 gb

More questions to follow this is a start
Kas


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09 Nov 2013   #2
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kaschiro View Post
I have a dell 17r inspiron lap top. I am thinking replacing the standard 5800 rpm hd with a SSD hd, to gain extra speed,
1. is this a wise choice?
2. if I do this, do I have to install all of the dell stuff that is on it, ie drivers ? does win 7 have all the drivers that I need
3. how much speed will I get, ie percentages
4. What model/product I only need about a 120 gb

More questions to follow this is a start
Kas
The answer is very short...Get the SSD. It makes your programs open in one second. Pretty fast. You can get the transfer process here SSD - Install and Transfer the Operating System Asking for the brand to get will get you a 100 answers, everyone has their preference. I have an OCZ Vertex and it has been good. I am sure others like theirs. The prices are getting low now. Only put your Win 7 and programs on the SSD. Put everything else on the HDD. If you have other questions, ask away.
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09 Nov 2013   #3
Ranger4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1
 
 

Yes definitely get a SSD, the speed increase will astound you. You say you only need about 120gb, but as you will have to spend a reasonable amount of money to get a good brand I would definitely suggest going to at least 240 or 256gb so you have plenty of reserve.
Stick with the good brands although they will be more expensive, but it is often that you get what you pay for, so a cheap one may not be a good investment in the long run. Search the web for SSD's & read the reports & tests of the various brands. I am using a Samsung 840 Pro 256gb SSD which I am very happy with.
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09 Nov 2013   #4
rvcjew

7 Pro x64, 10 Pro x64
 
 

i also have a 840 pro 256GB and could not be happier, is your laptop sata 3?
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09 Nov 2013   #5
gregrocker

 

You can also Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7.
Everything needed to get and keep a perfect install is included in the tutorial.
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10 Nov 2013   #6
kaschiro

win 7
 
 

Thanks to all to replied, I now have enough info to proceed, next this is to shop for a SSD, I quess prior to that I am told that the dell inspiron 17r has a double bay. if that is true then I can load the ssd from the original. if that is true would it make it easier to move the OS to the SSD...right now my drive is about 650gb and I do not keep data files on the C drive, drive is partitioned into 4 drives and I keep data on those other partitions....If there is 2 bays how would I connected the 2 drive together.
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10 Nov 2013   #7
gregrocker

 

If you want to Install and transfer the Operating System too SSD
then after install, right cick each of the User folders on the data partition to add them to Library - Include a Folder - Windows 7 Forums setting the default download location for each: Library - Set Save Folder - Windows 7 Help Forums.

You can also move your User folders to their copy on the data drive using User Folders - Change Default Location however this will cause the data drive to be deemed a System partition and force inclusion of it in a Windows Image Backup if you use that utiliity.

If you Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 then I'd unplug or disable the other HDD in order to boot your choice via the BIOS Boot order or BIOS Boot Menu key. Afterwards after you've got everything out of it delete the old Win7 partiton in Disk Mgmt after marking Partition - Mark as Inactive - Windows 7 Forums.

If you don't unplug or disable the old HD during Clean install it will place the new install's boot files on the old one to configure a Dual Boot. Avoid having the new install boot files derailed to any other preceding Primary Partition by deleting the old OS partition, or marking Inactive and converting this and all other data partitions to Logical: How to set partition as Primary or Logical. Otherwise any Primary partition which precedes the new install partition may take the new install's boot files.
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10 Nov 2013   #8
kaschiro

win 7
 
 

As it turns out I only have one bay. So I guess I just have to put my data on a portable drive and operate with the c drive on the ssd, since that is the most important as far as speed is concerned. I do not have the $$'s for the larger ssd
Kas
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10 Nov 2013   #9
gregrocker

 

After doing a perfect Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7, which most importantly means first enabling Automatically deliver drivers via Windows Update (Step 3) to run all rounds of Important and Optional Updates with reboots until there are no more offered,

then install your programs with time in between each to notice any performance changes.

After all programs are installed take note of your available space to decide which files you can fit in. The others can be linked via Libraries from your external.
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10 Nov 2013   #10
kaschiro

win 7
 
 

More questions....The system on the disk right now is the EL Cheapo of the win 7 systems, from the store. I have my own win 7 ultimate, but it is the 32 version, can I not use that, even though the machine is a 64 bit. I know I will have to install programs, but I have to clean house anyhow. But my main concern is the drivers for the dell or is the drivers on the ultimate enough. The clean install way seems complicate....I am getting on in years and some things get complicated. I can do OS's easier. The dell is the first machine I bought, the others I have built myself...
Kas
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