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Windows 7: Should i get an SSD ? [Please Read]

04 Nov 2013   #21
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I equipped all my 6 PCs with SSDs - also my 2 old laptops from 2007. The speed difference is very noticeable.

With an older PC it is not necessary to go for a leading edge SSD which costs more than some older model. Any SSD from a reputable company will do in that case. I always bought my SSDs by price - looking for the cheapest.

And I also agree that on a desktop where you keep the HDD for storing the data, a 64GB SSD would suffice for the OS - unless you need the extra space e.g. for running virtual partitions.


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04 Nov 2013   #22
AlanTech

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
Yes, definitely so. Since you have Intel be sure to check the Gigabyte support page for your board for any updated Intel storage driver (iastor.sys).
Please can you help me find it for my board

Closest thing i can find is this : ACER Aspire M3802 SATA AHCI Driver v.8.9.0.1023 free download for Windows 7 64-bit and the date is October 09 and i bought the PC in 2010
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04 Nov 2013   #23
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

I will be interested to see how you get on. Never heard of Flubit before, seems a reasonable idea.

Your pc is not that old, curious to see what can be done to improve it and keep it going. It could last well for quite a long while. I have a desktop that is about 6yrs old now. I have just increased ddr2 ram from 2gb to 4gb. It might benefit from a ssd. Nothing lost there, it could always be moved to another/newer machine.
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04 Nov 2013   #24
AlanTech

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
I will be interested to see how you get on. Never heard of Flubit before, seems a reasonable idea.

Your pc is not that old, curious to see what can be done to improve it and keep it going. It could last well for quite a long while. I have a desktop that is about 6yrs old now. I have just increased ddr2 ram from 2gb to 4gb. It might benefit from a ssd. Nothing lost there, it could always be moved to another/newer machine.
Received my Flubit price in the end 74.49 !! , people got it around 63-65 from Flubit when it was 70.99 on amazon for 2 days, 69.99 over on MobyMemory and the company is local to me too

Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" SATA SSD Solid State Drive - Moby Memory
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04 Nov 2013   #25
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

That's a good price.
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04 Nov 2013   #26
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AlanTech View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
Yes, definitely so. Since you have Intel be sure to check the Gigabyte support page for your board for any updated Intel storage driver (iastor.sys).
Please can you help me find it for my board

Closest thing i can find is this : ACER Aspire M3802 SATA AHCI Driver v.8.9.0.1023 free download for Windows 7 64-bit and the date is October 09 and i bought the PC in 2010
Stay away from driver pages like that. Go here: GIGABYTE - Motherboard - Socket 775 - GA-EG43M-S2H (rev. 1.1) Support and Downloads, SATA RAID/AHCI/ Intel SATA RAID/AHCI Driver, it's dated 2009/08/11.
Confirm that IS your motherboard.

you can check your SATA driver version in Device Manager. Go to IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers, click the arrow and double click the line that opens to open the Properties page. In the Driver tab you can see the version as shown below.

Should i get an SSD ? [Please Read]-devmgr.jpg


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04 Nov 2013   #27
AlanTech

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AlanTech View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
Yes, definitely so. Since you have Intel be sure to check the Gigabyte support page for your board for any updated Intel storage driver (iastor.sys).
Please can you help me find it for my board

Closest thing i can find is this : ACER Aspire M3802 SATA AHCI Driver v.8.9.0.1023 free download for Windows 7 64-bit and the date is October 09 and i bought the PC in 2010
Stay away from driver pages like that. Go here: GIGABYTE - Motherboard - Socket 775 - GA-EG43M-S2H (rev. 1.1) Support and Downloads, SATA RAID/AHCI/ Intel SATA RAID/AHCI Driver, it's dated 2009/08/11.
Confirm that IS your motherboard.

you can check your SATA driver version in Device Manager. Go to IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers, click the arrow and double click the line that opens to open the Properties page. In the Driver tab you can see the version as shown below.

Attachment 292348

Thanks , ive now upgraded from 8.6 something to 8.9, been speaking to 2/3 tech friends and they dont think an SSD is worth it with me having SATA II and 3/GPS ports , im so confused now
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04 Nov 2013   #28
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Even at only 3Gbps, an SSD will still be a significant improvement over a HDD.
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04 Nov 2013   #29
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote:
been speaking to 2/3 tech friends and they dont think an SSD is worth it with me having SATA II and 3/GPS ports , im so confused now
Excuse me, but that is a lot of bull. Ask your friends how much own experience they have with SSDs.

I use SSDs since 5 years (my first OCZ 60GB cost $260) and have never looked back. Today I have 8 SSDs and use them even to run virtual partitions via USB attachment.

HDDs have their place for storing large amounts of data, but for the OS, a SSD is the best investment you can make - especially at today's prices.
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04 Nov 2013   #30
AlanTech

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Quote:
been speaking to 2/3 tech friends and they dont think an SSD is worth it with me having SATA II and 3/GPS ports , im so confused now
Excuse me, but that is a lot of bull. Ask your friends how much own experience they have with SSDs.

I use SSDs since 5 years (my first OCZ 60GB cost $260) and have never looked back. Today I have 8 SSDs and use them even to run virtual partitions via USB attachment.

HDDs have their place for storing large amounts of data, but for the OS, a SSD is the best investment you can make - especially at today's prices.
Should i buy the EVO 120GB by Samsung or the HyperX 120GB by Kingston ? (Or any other ssds in that price range)
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