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Windows 7: Can I install My OS on an SSD plugged into a SATA3 PCI Express Card?

24 May 2012   #11
whs
Microsoft MVP

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Save your money for the PCI-e card. The Sata2 ports are just as good for the blocksizes (predominently 4K) that the OS is processing. My M4 has a R/W speed @ 4K blocks as shown below and that is well below the maximum thruput capacitiy of a Sata2 port.

The nums are in MB/sec.




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24 May 2012   #12
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Do these snips accurately show your board and case?
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If so they are made with Dell specs. I had a very similar Dell GX280 which was almost identical in construction with only the right side of the case opening. It's not a standard mATX or ATX configuration. As ignatzatsonic said the PSU was an odd size too, smaller than "normal".


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24 May 2012   #13
Brds7t7

Windows 7 Pro 64-Bit, Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit, Windows 8.1 Pro 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
Do these snips accurately show your board and case?
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If so they are made with Dell specs. I had a very similar Dell GX280 which was almost identical in construction with only the right side of the case opening. It's not a standard mATX or ATX configuration. As ignatzatsonic said the PSU was an odd size too, smaller than "normal".
Hi Britton30,

Yes that's exactly how my board and case look.
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24 May 2012   #14
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Unfortunately that is non-standard and that case wouldn't accept a standard board. A very good case can be had for ~$50USD or so though. If you're going to get/want/need a new board a new build would be good.
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24 May 2012   #15
Brds7t7

Windows 7 Pro 64-Bit, Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit, Windows 8.1 Pro 64-Bit
 
 

Yes I had a feeling it wasn't the standard type.

I'll have to wait until I'm ready to replace everything.
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24 May 2012   #16
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Burdus77 View Post
Yes I had a feeling it wasn't the standard type.

I'll have to wait until I'm ready to replace everything.
In the meantime you can still install a SSD and enjoy the speed until you can get the other components. I spent about 2 months gathering all the parts for my last complete build.
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24 May 2012   #17
Brds7t7

Windows 7 Pro 64-Bit, Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit, Windows 8.1 Pro 64-Bit
 
 

Yes looking forward to getting an SSD. I've looked at some comparisons on YouTube and even running on a SATA 2 board it's still much quicker than a spinner.

Only thing that does concern me is people saying that performance can degrade over time and the only thing to do is to completely erase it. Seems like a lot more hard work than defragging a spinner!
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24 May 2012   #18
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Burdus77 View Post

Only thing that does concern me is people saying that performance can degrade over time and the only thing to do is to completely erase it. Seems like a lot more hard work than defragging a spinner!
By all accounts, the "degrade" thing is grossly exaggerated, particularly on recent generation SSDs.

There was a long thread on this forum that referred to another web site that was doing torture tests on a wide variety of SSDs. Really beating them up. I don't remember what that site was, but the results showed that the read and write performance remained intact much longer than anticipated.

My Intel SSD has a toolbox with a graph indicating "estimated life remaining". After 13 months, it still says 100%. I have written 1.8 Terabytes to it in that time.
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24 May 2012   #19
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Even a 'Secure Erase' is not a big deal. You image your SSD, make a secure erase and restore the image. 1 hour elapsed time.

But I only once made a secure erase to see what it does. I did not really see a diffrence afterwards. My oldest SSD runs since 4 years.
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24 May 2012   #20
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Degradation isn't a worry, the site ignatz referred to they used several SSD and I think the first failed only after something in the neighborhood a petabytes had been written, which would be several years of ordinary use. TRIM and garbage collection and better controllers make SSDs much more tolerant to write/erase cycles.

Of course the best use of SSD is to load the OS and most used apps on it and put your Users file ans AppData on a separate HDD.
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