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Windows 7: HDD in laptop CD drive bay

30 Oct 2012   #11
FuturDreamz

Windows 8 Pro (32-bit)
 
 

You problably could go with a hybrid drive, but unless your mother supports Sata III hard drive I'm not sure how much better it will be than a basic higher rpm drive.


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30 Oct 2012   #12
Tomtom111

Windows 7 Professional SP1 x64
 
 

I have realised that already, and mine is sata2 but it was data transfer speeds I'm really looking for, it's acces times which I know link with transfer speeds, but even with SATA2 a hybrid drive will make a noticeable difference. That's my thinking anyway, which may be completely wrong but hey.
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30 Oct 2012   #13
bobafetthotmail

Win 7 Pro 64-bit 7601
 
 

Ah ok, but I have never favored hybrids. Will be faster than a spinner in some tasks, and you may like it, but imho it's an overall "meh" for the price.

As for the device linked, they do state the model name, which you can use to look for more data about it. Newegg has some pics and they state 0.85 amps at 5 volts. A tad high.

You need to google a bit to find something that has less amps, and if they don't state amps nor watts, you have to look at reviews like this where they state real-life power consumption.

For example in that review they say it uses up to 2.93 watts when at max load (doing intensive writing, say when you are copying over a movie)
since it runs at 5 volts the amps are 2.93/5 = 0.586 amps. This is better than what you linked, but it's just an example, there may be better ones.

As a general rule, look for storage-oriented drives, whose speeds aren't stellar, but since data has to go through an IDE, you won't do much better with others anyway.
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30 Oct 2012   #14
Tomtom111

Windows 7 Professional SP1 x64
 
 

Ok, I'll look into hybrids when I get a SATA3 PC.

So for how I would use my PC (Fair amount of web browsing, YouTube, word processing, listening to music (usually iTunes), movies and downloading files an then moving/deleting them a month or two later)(and I tend to hibernate rather than shut down, if that changes the choosing process in anyway)
which would you say would be the best way forwards?
-just an ssd(for OS and personal files)
-ssd and hdd(ssd (sata2 for OS hdd(IDE) for personal files)
-one hybrid drive
-one hdd
-or maybe two hdd's
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31 Oct 2012   #15
bobafetthotmail

Win 7 Pro 64-bit 7601
 
 

dunno, when it goes in hybernation the HDDs are shut down if I'm not mistaken. It just keeps ram powered or somesuch.

If money isn't an issue, there are 500 gb SSD, that cost probably more than your whole computer, but that is.

If you care about using it on battery but want a decent storage without coughing up a lot of bucks, then one SSD for system/programs/most used files + one HDD for bulk data. This way the power consumption will be overall the same as SSDs don't need a lot and the storage HDD will only be drawing power every now and then when you need its data. If you are cheap you buy a good SSD and just use your current HDD as the additional storage, but 320 GB may not be a lot.

If you don't care about battery use and can do without the SSD's other features (FAST speed, so faster booting/gaming whatever, but with your needs is kinda superfluous), then buy an additional storage HDD and place it in the CD bay. Again it's not a huge battery impact, but you'll notice it the more you use the files on the second HDD.

You can also simply upgrade your single HDD with its newer bigger brother, which is still regarded as the top in class as the 320 GB one you have but is 500 GB.
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31 Oct 2012   #16
Tomtom111

Windows 7 Professional SP1 x64
 
 

Ok. Just a couple of questions, will I acctually benefit from having an ssd because my laptop only has SATA2? Secondly, is the drive I've got in at the moment a good one?

Btw I am on a bit of a budget <160
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31 Oct 2012   #17
vaidas3

Windows 7 pro 64bit. (SP1)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tomtom111 View Post
Ok. Just a couple of questions, will I acctually benefit from having an ssd because my laptop only has SATA2? Secondly, is the drive I've got in at the moment a good one?

Btw I am on a bit of a budget <160

yes in most cases you will benefit from ssd even on sata 2. system on ssd feels more responsive and programs load faster because.. ssd has very small seek time and can do many iops..windows and many software dont write/read large files.. but rather many small files.
my recommendation replace main HDD with ssd. 128GB or so should be enough, for os and most used software.
and replace optical drive with hdd for data (movies, music, etc)
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31 Oct 2012   #18
Tomtom111

Windows 7 Professional SP1 x64
 
 

That was one of my initial plans on how to put in an ssd. Some people say that crucial drives are good, and others say Samsung 830's are good- but which one would you guys recommend?
Also is this cd bay dock a good one, or should I pay a bit more for one?

http://amazon.co.uk/dp/B004ZXU72Y

And I know it says MacBook but its got the same IDE port i think.
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31 Oct 2012   #19
vaidas3

Windows 7 pro 64bit. (SP1)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tomtom111 View Post
Also is this cd bay dock a good one, or should I pay a bit more for one?

Bipra 2nd Hard Drive/SSD Bay Caddy 9.5mm SATA to SATA for Laptop/Macbook/Macbook Pro - Expand Your Data Storage: Amazon.co.uk: Computers & Accessories

And I know it says MacBook but its got the same IDE port i think.
its not IDE its sata to sata
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31 Oct 2012   #20
Tomtom111

Windows 7 Professional SP1 x64
 
 

Damn.

This one any good? It's IDE and comes with hdd screws which I wouldn't otherwise have.

http://amazon.co.uk/dp/B009AMFE4G
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