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Windows 7: SSD Compatibilaty

11 Aug 2013   #1

windows 7 ultimate x 64bit
 
 
SSD Compatibilaty

Hi i am thinking of upgrading my HDD to a SSD i think 128G should be enough considering i have 750G as my 2nd HDD where can i look for a SSD that will work with my acer 6930g there are so many out there

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11 Aug 2013   #2

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

HDDs and SDDs generally don't have hardware compatibility issues. As long as your machine takes SATA drives (which it most likely does), any SSD should fit fine. Also, 120-128GB will be plenty if all you're going to put on it are the OS and programs. You might even get by with a 60-64GB if your program load is light (and you don't install any more RAM) but I don't recommend it. It's best to leave 20-25% of SSDs unused to prolong life and a 60-64GB SSD could be cutting it close. If you do any serious gaming, even 120-128GB might not be enough. If all you will put on the SSD is no more than 40GB, then a 60-64GB SSD would be alright.

I personally prefer the Samsung 840 Pro series and would recommend the 128GB drive. It gets amongst the best reviews. I know I've been happy with my 128GB 840 Pro. If your budget is tight, the Samsung 840 also gets excellent reviews.

Samsung is coming out with a new series of SSDs called the EVO. They are available for preorder right now. I would suggest not getting one until they've been out for a few months to see how they perform. The Pro series will still the top of Samsung's SSD line.

Stay away from any SSDs using the Sandforce controllers. The Sandforces have had a bad history for reliability and SSDs using them generally do not get as good of reviews as the SSDs that do not use them.

I personally prefer the Samsung 840 Pro. It's one of the top performers and gets great reviews but, naturally, it's one of the most expensive. A less expensive one that still gets great reviews is the Samsung 840, which has a 120GB SSD in its stable.
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11 Aug 2013   #3
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Any SSD should be compatible. I always buy what's on sale at Newegg. That way I ended up with 7 SSDs of 5 different makes - and they all work.
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11 Aug 2013   #4

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

I caught my 128GB Sammy pro on sale at the Egg a couple of months before I built my machine. I wasn't going to buy it until I was ready to build my machine but the cheap in me couldn't resist a sale. I should buy a spare but I'm too cheap to buy something and let it set around unused, burning off warranty. I could always "restore" my C:\ drive to a spare spinner I have knocking about if the SSD ever dies until I can order in a replacement SSD if push came to shove.
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11 Aug 2013   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

As mentioned any ssd should be compatible. You won't believe the difference it will make ! I have a Crucial M4 128GB and couldn't be happier with it.
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11 Aug 2013   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by indianacarnie View Post
As mentioned any ssd should be compatible. You won't believe the difference it will make ! I have a Crucial M4 128GB and couldn't be happier with it.
The Crucial M4 works very well for me too. It should definitely be on an shortlist.
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11 Aug 2013   #7

windows 7 ultimate x 64bit
 
 

Thanks guys looking on ebay for one
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11 Aug 2013   #8

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by andrewm1 View Post
Thanks guys looking on ebay for one

No, no, no! Don't get it from flea bay. A lot of bad stuff gets sold there. Get it from someplace reliable, such as NewEgg. That way, you don't have to worry about getting stuck with a used, abused, and/or dead one and you will get the full manufacture's warranty.
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11 Aug 2013   #9

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
 
 

The advice above is spot on. The only thing I have to add is find out what thickness your drives are, they are either 9.5mm or 7mm. Most SSD's now have went to the 7mm standard. Buy from NewEgg, Amazon or Tigerdirect.....stay away from ebay for something like this. I would either get a Samsung 840 Pro or OCZ Vertex 128GB model and rock on.
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11 Aug 2013   #10

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Amazon is good as long as anything you order comes from Amazon's warehouses. Generally, if an item qualifies for free shipping, it's safe to order. Some of Amazon's Marketplace vendors are as dodgy as Fleabay.
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