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Windows 7: Point of getting an SSD?

16 May 2012   #61
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

OK, then I misunderstood. I thought your external was the only place where you keep your data. But if that is a backup drive, then you are covered.


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16 May 2012   #62
UnknownReverent

MS Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1
 
 

It's my hard drive that clicked a couple times, then I fixed the cables and it stopped. It has passed all the tests, but I'm going to get a new one to be safe.
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16 May 2012   #63
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

When you got the new drive, keep the old drive in the system and use it as a workdrive for temporary and non-essential files. And if you don't have enough bays, get a USB caddy and use it as an external.
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16 May 2012   #64
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

If i understand correctly, you backup your data but do not create backup images for your OS and programs.

If you don't want to have to re-install the OS and all programs on the new HD, you could create a backup image of your current OS, and restore that to the new HD.

You can get Macrium Reflect free, or Seagate and WD have a free version of Acronis.

If you're interested in a backup image here is a tutorial:
Imaging with free Macrium
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16 May 2012   #65
UnknownReverent

MS Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1
 
 

I have no need to do a back up image. I like doing a fresh install so everything is clean and right for the system. I'm upgrading parts on my computer anyways so I'll have to get new drivers for other things and that would cause an issue when I get the other parts.
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16 May 2012   #66
Zepher

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by UnknownReverent View Post
I have no need to do a back up image. I like doing a fresh install so everything is clean and right for the system. I'm upgrading parts on my computer anyways so I'll have to get new drivers for other things and that would cause an issue when I get the other parts.
I've upgraded my system 2 times without installing and all is fine. Windows 7 is very good with hardware changes.
Each swap was a motherboard,CPU, and ram.
Q6600, i7 870, i7 2600k
My install is from August 2009.
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16 May 2012   #67
UnknownReverent

MS Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Zepher View Post
I've upgraded my system 2 times without installing and all is fine. Windows 7 is very good with hardware changes.
Each swap was a motherboard,CPU, and ram.
Q6600, i7 870, i7 2600k
My install is from August 2009.
I'm upgrading ram, processor, and motherboard. I'd just rather have a clean install. All my data is just movies, music, and a couple other files here and there. That's one reason they're on the external for my Ps3 as well when I want. The games I do have on there I barely play anymore and I have the discs for them. All the other stuff is simple to get like iTunes, Skype, AVG, and so forth.
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16 May 2012   #68
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

Ok, I didn't realize you were upgrading so many components.

I'm kinda opposite i guess, I only re-install for a new motherboard or PC.
Other than that I restore an image if I run into issues.
I don't like to have to re-install/re-register everything, reconfigure all my preferences, especially HTPC media stuff.

With what I've learned in SF, if i do another MB change, next time I'll try restoring before re-installing....
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16 May 2012   #69
UnknownReverent

MS Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1
 
 

I'm actually rebuilding my computer, basically. I'm getting a new computer case, processor, case fans, after market cooler, ram, motherboard, SSD eventually, hard drive, and graphics card. The SSD, graphics card, and some case fans are going to be a little later. Right now I can afford everything else. I may end up getting another hard drive for a back up later as well. I just don't have the money for a few of the things at the moment. I can afford the necessary things right now.
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16 May 2012   #70
smarteyeball

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by UnknownReverent View Post

I've heard good things about WD, bad about Seagate, and I haven't really heard much about Hitachi.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DavidW7ncus View Post
I've heard good and bad about all of them.
That about sums it up.

All drive manufacturers have good/bad drives. Usually it's a particular model or a bad batch which cements a reputation and perpetuates a myth.

For example, years ago Hitachi Deskstars were known as Deathstars because they were shocking drives. Hitachi now make very good drives, but the Deathstar batch really hurt their reputation for years.

Seagate had a bad model which resulted in a lot of bricked drives. Subsequent drives have been fine, but it's enough to turn some people of Seagate.

WD had a bad batch of 'Green' drives which caused issues for a lot of people. Again, that turned a lot of people of WD and so on and so forth.

These days most drives are pretty much equal in terms of quality/reliability. You'll get good/bad drives from all the major manufacturers.

As long as it's not an Eco/Green drive (like the WD Green) - most drives are 7,200rpm with either 32mb or 64mb of cache. Just choose what you can afford.

WD Black or Blue (Black is quicker), Seagate, Samsung, Hitachi - all good.


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I was looking at the refurbished, but I'm not sure I'd trust those.
Personally, I wouldn't either without knowing it's history of what the fault was.





As for the SSD, since your budget is tight and your buying multiple components - it falls under the luxury rather than necessary category atm. Save up and grab a higher capacity when you can.
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