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Windows 7: Looking to Upgrade to a New SSD


19 Mar 2013   #1

Genuine windows 7X64
 
 
Looking to Upgrade to a New SSD

Hello everyone, i am about to take the plunge into the SSD era. i am looking at
Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5 inch SATA Solid State Drive: Amazon.co.uk: Computers & Accessories

is that SSD drive suffecient for my OS and a few Programs IE Adobe PS and Office 2013 ?


I currently have a 1TB SATA 2 Hard drive, partitioned, into 3 (312G) partitions.
C:\ 312 Partition, with 46G,s of data (OS)

D:\ 309 partition, with 190G's of data, ( music, videos,games )

E:\ 309 Partition, with nothing on it

i have been reading up on the SSD's, and i think i will go with the clean install of Windows 7 X 64 Pro

if i back up or image or migrate (The 46G's of Data ) from my current OS ( winodws 7 X 64 Pro )
how difficult will it be to restore the 46 G's of data. from the 312 partition ?

i understand the the OS, data. or Partition should be smaller then the New SSD Size ?

any Suggestions welcomed
Thanks in Advance,

PS i have yet to order the SSD

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19 Mar 2013   #2

Win7 Ultimate X64
 
 

IMO 120GB will be plenty i personally am running 3 machines with 80GB drives and never nearly fill them
My home machine now has 45GB used on the C drive with 4 user accounts and a reasonable amount of programs installed (no games though)

Think thats quite a nice drive too from what i have heard but im no expert

Just remember to allow for pagefile (RAM size) and hiberfile if you use hibernation
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19 Mar 2013   #3
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

This is a good SSD and it will be plenty big. I run all my desktops on 60GB SSDs and never ran out of space (since 2008)- even with an additional virtual Linux partition on it.

You may want to have a look at this tutorial I made: SSD - Install and Transfer the Operating System

Before you transfer your OS, you may want to do this: Bootmgr - Move to C:\ with EasyBCD
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19 Mar 2013   #4

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

I started with a Crucial 64gb and with my OS and a business suite of software I found that with the large MS updates the space was getting tight. Keep in mind that SSD's don't suffer constriction to the same degree a mechanical spinner does but it still made me upgrade to a 128gb and then eventually I've gone to a 256gb. I have (4) Crucials and (1) Samsung and (1) cheaper then dirt OCZ Vertex III. All my computers are running SSD's and I'll just tell you that it's transformational. IMHO I would say that 120-128 is the sweet spot but if you don't load too much software and or monitor placing some onto the spinner then a 60-64 will work fine. From what I've heard I would move to the Samsung Pro series if at all possible cost wise.
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19 Mar 2013   #5

Genuine windows 7X64
 
 

Hello again, whats the Difference between the SSD i was looking to buy and this PRO version ?

Samsung 840 Series Pro 128GB 2.5 inch SATA Solid State Drive: Amazon.co.uk: Computers & Accessories
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19 Mar 2013   #6

Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64bit, Windows 7 HP 64bit
 
 

The 840 Pro version uses MLC chips while the 840 uses TLC chips.
MLC has 2 bits per cell.
TLC has 3 bits per cell.
Most consumer SSD are MLC but you will see more TLC in the future.
TLC is the newest way to get more data on the same number of chips and there by cut the cost.
In theory TLC will not last as long as it gets more use per chip and may reach its write limit faster. So it depends on your budget.

Jim
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19 Mar 2013   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

The difference between the Pro and non-pro (Apart from price of course) is the speeds of both the drives. Which is why the price difference. But IOPS read/write speeds basically. To be honest there isn't a great deal between them unless you're the kind of person to be obsessed with benchmarks and such. Oh! And with the Pro version i believe you get 5 years warranty and 3 years on the basic one.

From what i have read is that if you do a quite a bit of video editing etc. Software that requires a lot of writing to the drive then it is advisable to go for the Pro version. Otherwise stick with the basic one if it just for your OS, Programs and may be a couple of games and such.

Just got myself a SanDisk 120GB Extreme one the other week and although many people don't mention them a great deal around forums (And i think this may be due to SanDisks returns) At under 70 for it, i can't say i am really fussed so long as i get a couple of years out of it. And i'm loving the speed it has added to my system
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19 Mar 2013   #8
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I think Taylorig makes a good point. I have 7 SSDs of all kinds of manufacturers - the 2 oldest from 2008 (OCZ and Intel). They all work well. Even my Mushkin, a make that is never mentioned, is great. So I would go by best price. Watch the sales on Newegg. They sometimes have really sweet deals.

And don't get mesmerized by the data transfer rates. They mean very little for the OS. Also Sata II or Sata III makes very little difference. All that will play a role in a distant future when we use large SSDs to move massive amounts of data around. But the OS reads or writes very little data (except during the initial installation) and that data is mostly in small 4K blocks.
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19 Mar 2013   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

The Pro series is a bit faster and has a longer warranty as mentioned. I too like the 128gb size. I installed a Crucial M4 that size a couple of months ago and am dancing in the street with the difference in my system. I DO keep most , but not all by ANY means,of my programs/app.'s on my second drive (a spinner) though. The linked tutorials from whs will prove a wealth of information for you and I highly suggest you check them out.
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19 Mar 2013   #10

Genuine windows 7X64
 
 

Hello again i think i will stick with the NON PRO version
Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5 inch SATA Solid State Drive: Amazon.co.uk: Computers & Accessories

And yes the PRO does come with a 5 Year warranty, but i think 3 years is quite good also,

i just reviewed the links WHS posted... looks a bit daunting

You may want to have a look at this tutorial I made: SSD - Install and Transfer the Operating System

Before you transfer your OS, you may want to do this: Bootmgr - Move to C:\ with EasyBCD

but i just Reinstalled my OS due to a MB Upgrade .so it does not have much data on it .... 46Gigs OS and a few programs.
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