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Windows 7: adding a ssd

14 Feb 2013   #11

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Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 X64 (Windows 8.1, Linux Mint, Windows XP and others in VM)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
It is true that games would open faster on an SSD, but I also install them to my D drive, which is a fast HDD. Since it has no affect on in-game performance, I'm fine with waiting a little longer for them to load.

My OS and all other applications go on the SSD.
Exactly correct. I have 2 systems with the exact games installed on both. One system they are installed on an SSD, the other system has an SSD for the OS and programs but the games are installed on a 7200 RPM hard drive. On the SSD system, the game loads about 15-20 seconds faster. But the game play on both are exactly the same.

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14 Feb 2013   #12

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Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

With a 60 -90 gb ssd then only OS and essential software and limited if any games. With a 128 gb ssd then options grow exponentially, with a 256 gb or larger then the world is you oyster and I would say load all programs that will fit to within a maximum of 10-15% reserve if you can as that's a lot of software. As always all data to a spinner and as always routinely image the ssd to another drive for a back up.
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14 Feb 2013   #13

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

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Eh, it doesn't really help that much. Really it only reduces the loading times by little bit.
I've got all my games stored on a 7200RPM HDD and everything runs fine at maximum settings.
Said by someone whos probably never used a high end SSD before.

I get zero hesitation and literally zero waiting no matter what application I am launching. When I install or uninstall a program...Boom. Done.

Installing Windows 7 on a bare SSD from a USB stick took about 5 minutes from start until you are sitting at the desktop ready to work. Try that with a conventional HDD. Might be able to read the paper, do a sudoku, take a leak and boil yourself a cup of tea.
Don't make assumptions just because someone disagrees with you, it comes off as extremely arrogant.
I prefer not to bloat my SSD with crap that doesn't need it. Yes, I'll put very intense games on it, but it doesn't need it.
I can play Skyrim on maximum settings with >40 mods, a lot of which are HD textures and lighting, and it's on my HDD. Wait 3-5 seconds when changing areas.
Not arrogance, its proven fact. SSD > HDD. By a significant margin. Anyone who claims otherwise is either out to lunch or is an "armchair expert"
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14 Feb 2013   #14

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Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

If anyone has opened Photoshop Elements or a heavier version of Photoshop with a spinner and then an SSD....instant convert. I use a contact database and it's huge opening with a spinner painful.....ssd and sip of coffee and set the mug down and it's open. Life is just so much better with spinners holding data and a great ssd opening things up.
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14 Feb 2013   #15

Windows 7 Professional 32bit
 
 

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Said by someone whos probably never used a high end SSD before.

I get zero hesitation and literally zero waiting no matter what application I am launching. When I install or uninstall a program...Boom. Done.

Installing Windows 7 on a bare SSD from a USB stick took about 5 minutes from start until you are sitting at the desktop ready to work. Try that with a conventional HDD. Might be able to read the paper, do a sudoku, take a leak and boil yourself a cup of tea.
Don't make assumptions just because someone disagrees with you, it comes off as extremely arrogant.
I prefer not to bloat my SSD with crap that doesn't need it. Yes, I'll put very intense games on it, but it doesn't need it.
I can play Skyrim on maximum settings with >40 mods, a lot of which are HD textures and lighting, and it's on my HDD. Wait 3-5 seconds when changing areas.
Not arrogance, its proven fact. SSD > HDD. By a significant margin. Anyone who claims otherwise is either out to lunch or is an "armchair expert"
AddRam said "you will have to install all your games on it", which is wrong. Yes, you will get increased I/O performance, but in terms of FPS or input commands, there's no difference. He made it sound like something you must do.
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14 Feb 2013   #16

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Cancerous View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Cyberwolf View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Cancerous View Post

Don't make assumptions just because someone disagrees with you, it comes off as extremely arrogant.
I prefer not to bloat my SSD with crap that doesn't need it. Yes, I'll put very intense games on it, but it doesn't need it.
I can play Skyrim on maximum settings with >40 mods, a lot of which are HD textures and lighting, and it's on my HDD. Wait 3-5 seconds when changing areas.
Not arrogance, its proven fact. SSD > HDD. By a significant margin. Anyone who claims otherwise is either out to lunch or is an "armchair expert"
AddRam said "you will have to install all your games on it", which is wrong. Yes, you will get increased I/O performance, but in terms of FPS or input commands, there's no difference. He made it sound like something you must do.
Every second in life counts. It is a must Id shoot myself if I had to wait 60 seconds for a reboot lol
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14 Feb 2013   #17

Windows 7 Professional 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Cyberwolf View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Cancerous View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Cyberwolf View Post

Not arrogance, its proven fact. SSD > HDD. By a significant margin. Anyone who claims otherwise is either out to lunch or is an "armchair expert"
AddRam said "you will have to install all your games on it", which is wrong. Yes, you will get increased I/O performance, but in terms of FPS or input commands, there's no difference. He made it sound like something you must do.
Every second in life counts. It is a must Id shoot myself if I had to wait 60 seconds for a reboot lol
Of course you MUST install your OS on the ssd, that's half the purpose. Went from my shitty laptop drives to a high-end desktop last week and very much enjoy the 6 second power-to-desktop
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14 Feb 2013   #18

windows 7 home permium 64 bits
 
 

ok let me ask if i got bf3 on a hdd a and i install a ssd and do a new install of windows on it how can i play bf3 ?
or is it a must to put it on the ssd?
can I just leave windows on the hdd ?
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15 Feb 2013   #19

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) Service Pack 1 (build 7601)
 
 

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... Of course you MUST install your OS on the ssd, that's half the purpose. Went from my shitty laptop drives to a high-end desktop last week and very much enjoy the 6 second power-to-desktop
Congrads on the new hi-end desktop!

Concerning your laptop drives, have you read about the "drive caddies" made by NewModeUS.com? You can remove your laptop's CD/DVD drive, install a SSD in a caddy and then install the SSD caddy where the CD/DVD drive used to be. Voila! Fast laptop!!

Then use a USB/SATA or eSATA/SATA cable for your CD/DVD drive made by the same company. This way, you can attach your CD/DVD drive when you need it. They also carry pouches and rubber enclosures for your CD/DVD drive.
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15 Feb 2013   #20
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by OCIR View Post
ok let me ask if i got bf3 on a hdd a and i install a ssd and do a new install of windows on it how can i play bf3 ?
or is it a must to put it on the ssd?
can I just leave windows on the hdd ?
Yes you can, OS on a SSD and have a HDD for data, Users, etc. Here is how I have done it. User Profiles - Create and Move During Windows 7 Installation
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