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Windows 7: Questions about SSD's and Hard Drives

30 Oct 2010   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Questions about SSD's and Hard Drives

Could I put my OS on a higher performance SSD and then all of my data on a 1TB hard drive that I'm using right now for both as a main hard drive. Will i see a faster boot..faster loading of programs..etc????

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30 Oct 2010   #2

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I suggest that you follow the ideas in this tut
for best performance.
Optimize Windows 7
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30 Oct 2010   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I have used some of those ideas in that link. Its just high capacity SSD's are SO expensive. I just wanna ask if i will see high performance with the SSD used as an OS Drive only.
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30 Oct 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) SP1
 
 

I have only the OS and apps on mine. All my data goes on a regular HDD. The performance increase is HUGE!
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30 Oct 2010   #5

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All posts that I have seen regarding SSD, agree that there is an increase in performance.
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30 Oct 2010   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

You will have a substancial increase in performance in anything that relates to the system (boot time, calling programs, etc.). Moving the user data off the SSD and to a HDD is the standard procedure. That way you can get away with a 60GB SSD or even a 30 to 40GB SSD. The Windows 7 should not take more than 20GBs including a good selection of programs - Games though may take more space. Suggest you check the size of your current OS installation ( e.g. with WinDirStat ) so that you have an idea what your specific requirements are.
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30 Oct 2010   #7

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Could I chip in as have a similar question. My OS HD drives imploded and there is no sign of life (doesn't show in BIOS) so I assume it's a gonner. It's a Dell XPS 430 that has 2 x 320GB ATA2 drives that used to be in a RAID config when shipped, but split up now. The OS was installed on a 3rd drive that I got from Dell.

My question is I don't see any SSD drives listed on the Dell website for this model so
  1. Do SSD work with any pc or do you need certain specs on the motherboard etc?
  2. I'm always a bit concerned, being a newbie, that I buy something that isn't compatible with my system so have played safe and bought from Dell. I supect I am paying through the nose for the priveledge. How can I tell if a 3rd party SSD will work with my Dell?
  3. Do I understand correctly that I can put the user data onto one of the ATA2 drives and this will make limited performance drag comapred to a big increase form the SSD?
Thanks Mike
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30 Oct 2010   #8
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

1. Yes. SSDs are simple Sata drives compatible with all sata ports.
2. Don't worry. It will work. I suggest you look for an OCZ or Intel drive.
3. Yes, one usually puts the user data on a spinning drive (matter of cost). That will not impact "system" performance but if you manipulate that data, the performance will be HDD like.
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30 Oct 2010   #9

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

So a SSD drive will use the same data and power connections as a HHD?

Just reading around on SSD and sounds like there used to be issues with drives slowing down over time and that "ATA-TRIM" was something that might reduce this issue. I wasn't clear what ATA-TRIM is and if it is already out? Are there any drives you would recommend for Windows 7 64-bit assuming it only needs ot be 60GB for OS and programs? I read Intel were way ahead last year, but you paid for the priveledge.

cheers Mike
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30 Oct 2010   #10
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

This would be my choice ( Newegg.com - OCZ Agility 2 OCZSSD2-2AGTE60G 2.5" 60GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) ) and it supports Trim which is important for the write speed. I have have both Intel and OCZ and prefer the OCZ.

Another option is this one ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-550-_-Product ).
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