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Windows 7: Is it worth to buy a SSD for my laptop?

25 Jul 2013   #1
Imrankhan

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Is it worth to buy a SSD for my laptop?

I am having Dell XPS 15 L502x.
Intel Core i7, 8GB 1333Mhz RAM, 2GB nVidia 540m Gt, 750GB 5400rpm SSD, Win7 HP and LinuxMint 14.
My Laptop is one year old. My HDD's write speed never exceeded 28MB/s. Now it got drastically reduced to 17MB/s . My Lap takes nearly 90 seconds to reach desktop which is far worser than before . After reading lot of reviews, opinions and user feedback, I have concluded that HDD is biggest bottleneck of XPS 15. Also my HDD goes upto 48 Celcius at Idle and 57 Celcius while gaming .
Some people say that switching to SSD will propel XPS performance to a great extend. So What about getting 200GB SSD for program files and a 500GB external HDD for media files(since i cant have both in a laptop) ?
Please tell me, if you have a better suggestion.


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25 Jul 2013   #2
Bongo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 10 Pro
 
 

You can never go wrong adding a SSD to your laptop a 200 GB would be plenty for the OS and programs and 500 GB external for data would work just fine.

Jerry
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25 Jul 2013   #3
jimbo45

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
 
 

Hi there

YES, Yes and Yes ------->>yes again "Ad Nauseam".

Once you've fitted one you will wonder why you ever delayed so long before buying one -- even the 250 GB versions are cheap enough -- and if you manage storage sensibly (external USB's / 64 GB micro sdHC cards in internal readers etc) you've got plenty of local storage so even the very cheap 120 GB SSD's should not be too much of a restriction on storage space.

Use SSD for OS (and applications) -- multimedia on slower devices are just fine. If you've got spare space on the SSD scratch files for Photoshop is another good use for SSD space - but only usually keep OS and apps on the SSD -- typical user data (multi-media, photos, office files, email etc) is better left on the slower Spinners.

Cheers
jimbo
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25 Jul 2013   #4
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

While you will never separate me from the SSD in my desktop so long as I can draw breath, I found it just too hard to justify buying one for my notebook when one big enough for my needs costs 50% more than the notebook. I recently ordered a hybrid that has been delivered to my mail service; I just haven't gotten around to picking it up yet (the weather has been driving my arthritis, allergies, and sinuses nuts). It won't be as fast as an SSD but it should improve boot and some program loading times significantly.
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25 Jul 2013   #5
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Your scenatio is very viable if you are not afraid of the extra cost. But I don't think that a 200GB SSD exists - you'd have to go to a 240GB or 256GB model. And the HDD which you recover you can stick into a $20 USB caddy and use it as an external disk.
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25 Jul 2013   #6
LMiller7

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Another advantage of an SSD in a laptop is the much higher resistance to mechanical shock. Many a conventional drive has been seriously damaged by what was thought to be a minor fall.
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25 Jul 2013   #7
kbrady1979

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
 
 

Extreme performance, no moving parts, and a very low power draw.......can't go wrong!
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25 Jul 2013   #8
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Plus less heat. I solved the heat problem in one of my laptops by replacing the HDD with a SSD.
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25 Jul 2013   #9
kbrady1979

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Plus less heat. I solved the heat problem in one of my laptops by replacing the HDD with a SSD.
I knew I was forgetting something. In my desktop, my SSD runs 5-10*C cooler than my HDD....and my HDD's run pretty cool.
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25 Jul 2013   #10
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

I just looked in my desktop and the two HDDs are running at 32°C and 33°C. The SSD is running at 26°C. The ambient is also 26°C.
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