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Windows 7: Point of getting an SSD?

15 May 2012   #1
UnknownReverent

MS Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1
 
 
Point of getting an SSD?

I see how fast it is, but do most people only get it for the OS only, or the OS and a select few applications? I was debating on getting one just to install my OS on. Is it worth it if that's all I'm going to install on it?


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15 May 2012   #2
Zepher

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

you only getting a 30GB SSD?
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15 May 2012   #3
UnknownReverent

MS Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1
 
 

Thinking more about a 60gb. 30 would be kind of small since Windows expands after indexing and what not.
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15 May 2012   #4
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

The price of SSDs is coming down and I don't see the sense in buying a small SSD, and then installing your programs on a spinner. All you're doing is increasing the operating system performance, but then creating a bottleneck with your applications on the slower drive.

I'd have thought it better to invest in an SSD big enough for the operating sytems and your applications, and then use your old spinner for data storage.
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15 May 2012   #5
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MS Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1
 
 

Then I guess it doesn't really matter until I can actually afford one. I wouldn't be able to afford a bigger one than 60gb for a little while.
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15 May 2012   #6
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Given the choice, I would wait until you can afford the bigger drive.

I noticed on another thread just now that a user is having problems installing Windows Updates because his 40Gb SSD is full, so he's now faced with moving his applications onto another drive or buying a bigger SSD for Windows plus his programs.
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15 May 2012   #7
UnknownReverent

MS Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1
 
 

In that case, what brand on hard drive would you recommend? I think my Seagate is going out and it's lasted a while, but I've seen a lot of bad things said about Seagate.
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15 May 2012   #8
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

I've no experience of SSDs at all. I would imagine that Google is as good a place as any to get opinions on new drives, be they SSDs or HDDs.

As for a spinner, you get good and bad with any manufacturer. Some manufacturer's offer a 5-year warranty, the trouble is though, hard drives can fail without warning at any time.

Whatever new drive you do buy you'll still need a good backup strategy, preferably to an external hard drive.
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15 May 2012   #9
UnknownReverent

MS Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1
 
 

The only reason I'm considering a new hard drive is because the one that I got clicked a few times. I removed the SATA and power cable, plugged it back in, and it hasn't done it since. I tested it with SeaTools and got a few errors. Those were fixed and now it's passing all the tests. The chkdsk was also fine, but I'm not sure if I should get a new hard drive or not. I have my data already backed up on my external.
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15 May 2012   #10
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

If you are in any doubt as to the reliability of your hard drive, buying a replacement and transferring your system to it may be the best way forward.

At least you've had some prior warning. In many cases you don't when a drive fails unexpectedly.

Really, only you can make the decision, but I know what I'd do.
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