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Windows 7: Point of getting an SSD?

15 May 2012   #11
UnknownReverent

MS Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1
 
 

The only problem is finding a hard drive that I like. The brand, rpm, and price is a big factor right now.


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15 May 2012   #12
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

I ran an OS and programs on a 64GB SSD for a year, wasily. Just move all user folders to a spinner. You would be very sueprised how many programs you can put on 64GB. It's easy to do and is well worth it. I realise some people have quite large programs, but if necessary, they can be installed on a spinner.
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15 May 2012   #13
UnknownReverent

MS Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1
 
 

All of the stuff I have at the moment, not including games, is well under 40gb. That's including being fully updated.
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15 May 2012   #14
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by UnknownReverent View Post
The only problem is finding a hard drive that I like. The brand, rpm, and price is a big factor right now.
If you post "what you like" along with where you will (and won't) buy from, someone may see a sale/good deal and let you know.
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15 May 2012   #15
UnknownReverent

MS Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1
 
 

Well the current hard drive I have is a 640gb Seagate. I haven't heard good things about them lately. I just want something similar to that size and 7200RPM.
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15 May 2012   #16
BarryBGB

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional & Ultimate 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

I think at the bare minimum, a 60G will do. I myself would not use anything lower that 120G.

Once you go SSD, you never will go back.
I got my first one a little over a year ago, a Crucial C300 256G SataIII. My read/write scores tripled. The Win7 WEI went to the max 7.9 on the disk data transfer rate. Everything else was at or below 7.5 then.

My company uses hundreds of HyperX 480G drives from Kingston and there is a sale at Newegg for a 120G at $129 after rebate. That is a great price.
Newegg.com - Kingston HyperX 3K SH103S3B/120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) (Upgrade Bundle Kit)

Even after a year or more on my crucial, it is still only half full.

Never run a SSD more than 75% capacity. You need the space for Trim and Garbage Collection.
When you are ready for a SSD, make sure you read all the information about how to use it before you install it.
There are things like, no defrag, no indexing, alignment, etc.
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15 May 2012   #17
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by UnknownReverent View Post
Well the current hard drive I have is a 640gb Seagate. I haven't heard good things about them lately. I just want something similar to that size and 7200RPM.
Just a thought. Have you considered contacting Seagate to see if they can exchange the drive under warranty?
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15 May 2012   #18
UnknownReverent

MS Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BarryBGB View Post
I think at the bare minimum, a 60G will do. I myself would not use anything lower that 120G.

Once you go SSD, you never will go back.
I got my first one a little over a year ago, a Crucial C300 256G SataIII. My read/write scores tripled. The Win7 WEI went to the max 7.9 on the disk data transfer rate. Everything else was at or below 7.5 then.

My company uses hundreds of HyperX 480G drives from Kingston and there is a sale at Newegg for a 120G at $129 after rebate. That is a great price.
Newegg.com - Kingston HyperX 3K SH103S3B/120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) (Upgrade Bundle Kit)

Even after a year or more on my crucial, it is still only half full.

Never run a SSD more than 75% capacity. You need the space for Trim and Garbage Collection.
When you are ready for a SSD, make sure you read all the information about how to use it before you install it.
There are things like, no defrag, no indexing, alignment, etc.
Do you have a place saved that I could read up on this?
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15 May 2012   #19
UnknownReverent

MS Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seavixen32 View Post
Just a thought. Have you considered contacting Seagate to see if they can exchange the drive under warranty?
I've had it well over 3 or 4 years. I bought it from a Fry's near me. There is no warranty left.
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15 May 2012   #20
BarryBGB

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional & Ultimate 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Do you have a place saved that I could read up on this?[/QUOTE]


Sure. Here are a few:

SSD - Install and Transfer the Operating System
SSD Tweaks and Optimizations in Windows 7
SSD Alignment
http://www.overclock.net/t/700470/tu...d-optimization
Sean's Windows 7 Install & Optimization Guide for SSDs & HDDs

There are many more out there.
A very important one is the alignment. I have a program that does the alignment for me even if there is data on it. It used to be free but now Paragon charges for it.
I also use the program on my spinners and has increased their read/write speeds.

I could use the program diskpart that comes with Windows but I guess I am getting lazy.

I also never let Windows create my partitions either. It always wants to make a 100MB second one that just takes up a drive letter, and makes it confusing when I want to image the drive. I simply partition it first, then install Windows.
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