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Windows 7: adding a ssd


13 Feb 2013   #1

windows 7 home permium 64 bits
 
 
adding a ssd

I dont know crap about ssd's so here goes , If i add a ssd install windows on it do i need at add all drivers to it , dvd drive ,nvidia driver ,motherboard drivers, to it
and I have games on the 1 tb hdd can i still play them or do i need to move or redownload them to the ssd? any suggestions as to size and brand of ssd would be good?


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13 Feb 2013   #2

Windows 7 Professional x64 Linux Mint 16
 
 

Yes Yes Yes you need to do all that, just keep running windows update until there are no more updates left to install. Get you graphics card drivers directly from amd.com or nvidia.com, unless you have a different manufacturer.

nvidia is geforce and amd is radeon

You will have to install your games on the ssd for the speed. A ssdrive is all about speed.
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13 Feb 2013   #3

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Laptop 8.1 Pro all 64bit
 
 

As AddRAM says ate go for it but use this first before the install.

SSD Alignment

Meant to say the Samsungs are good as are the Crucials
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13 Feb 2013   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I am running a Samsung 840 Pro. 256Gb version.

Cost me $220 Canadian. Reasonably priced I think.

Performance is rated at top of the heap at the present time. Toms Hardware ran a bunch of benchmarks on the most popular drives and the Samsung Pro 840 was rated 1st or 2nd more times than not.

Opening programs, shutting down and rebooting, is lightning fast. I reboot from shutdown to back to desktop in 19 seconds. QUICK!
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13 Feb 2013   #5

Windows 7 Professional 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
You will have to install your games on the ssd for the speed. A ssdrive is all about speed.
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.
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13 Feb 2013   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Cancerous View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
You will have to install your games on the ssd for the speed. A ssdrive is all about speed.
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.
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13 Feb 2013   #7

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 AddRAM View Post
You will have to install your games on the ssd for the speed. A ssdrive is all about speed.
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.
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14 Feb 2013   #8
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

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.
I'll be arrogant too then. I install all software on my SSD, it makes a huge difference in load speeds.
For example MS word or Photoshop took 6-16 seconds to open on a HDD (7200 RPM) but on the SSD far less the 2 seconds.
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14 Feb 2013   #9
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 X64 (Windows 10, 8.1, Linux Mint, Windows XP and others in VM)
 
 

Typically, the OS and programs on the SSD and data on another drive to save space. As far as games, games will load faster if installed on the SSD, but the game play is the same. The only advantage for 99% of games is the time it takes to load them. There is no performance gain by having them installed on the SSD.
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14 Feb 2013   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

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.
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