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Windows 7: What is the cheapest price on a 250gb SSD to install into laptop

06 Aug 2013   #1

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What is the cheapest price on a 250gb SSD to install into laptop

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My laptop has two regular harddrives, one of which I rarely use. So I am thinking to transfer the files and documents that I don't regularly access to the unused harddrive and transfer the OS and programs to a 250 gb SSD that can be installed internally.

I have been looking online, but it seems that the cost of a 250gb ssd may not be low enough for my tastes. I am wondering if anyone knows what brands or models I should be focusing on and whether anyone is aware of very good deals.

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06 Aug 2013   #2

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
 
 

Can you not use a 120/128GB SSD for your OS and Programs, and sit your User Data on the mechanical hard drive?
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07 Aug 2013   #3

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Thank you for your reply,

I'm not sure if that is possible, after moving my files I have on my primary hard disk 133GB being used. I'm not sure how much additional space I would need in the future to install new programs, or if it is recommend to have more free SSD space than what is being used.
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07 Aug 2013   #4

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
 
 

How big are your hard drives in your laptop? The idea is to install Windows 7 and your programs on the SSD, and move the Users folder, or just the data in it, to the mechanical hard drive. The data in there, pictures, music, video's, documents, etc don't need to be on the SSD. I have Windows 7 and all of my programs and games on my 128GB SSD and am only using about 55-60GB. I have almost 7TB of data on mechanical hard drives though.
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07 Aug 2013   #5

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Thank you,
The 2 harddrives I have now are both 500 GB. I would like to replace one of them with the SSD.

I got my primary drive down to about 130 GB of used space after moving the bulk of my files to the second harddrive.

I just took a look at my Users folder and found that it has almost 50GB of data in it. Is it possible for that entire folder to be moved safely to the other harddrive? If so how? I thought Windows needs that folder to be in that location. If I can get this folder move then I think I can make due with a 120 GB SSD.

Also the reason why I want to do all this is to make my system run significantly faster when running programs. Currently both harddrives are 7200 rpm. Will making these changes make a big difference?

Thank you
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07 Aug 2013   #6

W7 X-64 W8.1 X-64 Opensuse 13.1 W2003 Server
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by win7user2010 View Post
Thank you,
The 2 harddrives I have now are both 500 GB. I would like to replace one of them with the SSD.

I got my primary drive down to about 130 GB of used space after moving the bulk of my files to the second harddrive.

I just took a look at my Users folder and found that it has almost 50GB of data in it. Is it possible for that entire folder to be moved safely to the other harddrive? If so how? I thought Windows needs that folder to be in that location. If I can get this folder move then I think I can make due with a 120 GB SSD.

Also the reason why I want to do all this is to make my system run significantly faster when running programs. Currently both harddrives are 7200 rpm. Will making these changes make a big difference?

Thank you
Hi there
a 120GB SSD will be fine -- although the 250GB ones are cheap enough these days too -- I use half of my 250 GB SSD for storing VM's on it -- makes a VM run really fast but normally a 120 GB SSD will be more than adequate for the OS.

BTW don't junk any of your HDD's you can keep them as well as the SSD's -- and if you really haven't got space for the extra drive simply convert one of the drives into an EXTERNAL one -- either USB or SATA/IDE --plenty of cheap enclosures for this.

Cheers
jimbo
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07 Aug 2013   #7

Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1
 
 

Cheap-Good-Fast only pick 2.....

Rich
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07 Aug 2013   #8
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

If you have 130GB on your C drive after you moved the user files, then there is something wrong. On my 6 SSD installations, the C drive never exeeds 30GB and I have a healthy amount of programs installed (but no games).

There are several ways to trim down your C drive but first it would be useful to understand how the 130GBs are used. I suggest you run this program to id the pieces that make up the 130GBs.
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07 Aug 2013   #9

windows 7
 
 

Hi, it took a lot of work and searching through this useful forum, but I was able to move the huge User folder to my other harddrive and everything in my system is working okay.

Now my primary harddrive is down to 73GB (after using windirstat to delete some large useless files). This is probably as low as I can go. So it looks like 120 GB ssd okay for me?

As for SSD, I am looking for something fast (much faster than my 7200 rpm hard drive), good (will not break unexpected after 5 years of regular daily use), and cheap (willing to buy used if it saves me considerably and the condition is good).
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07 Aug 2013   #10

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
 
 

Don't buy a used SSD. The difference between a fast hard drive and an SSD is like the difference between a station wagon and a Ferrari. Yes, it's that noticeable.
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