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Windows 7: Thoughts on a solid state drive?

07 Jul 2014   #21
King Arthur

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

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King Arthur I'm sorry you have had a bad experience with your ssd.
As you can see reading this thread the rest of us have nothing but good to say about ssd's.
I'm not saying that my experience with SSDs has been bad. SSDs definitely have their merits and the performance difference from HDDs is very noticable. I'm just saying that from what I've seen personally, SSDs aren't nearly as mindblowing as most folks make them out to be.

If you have a need for what SSDs offer, such as higher reliability and speeds, by all means go for it; otherwise though, if all you need is something to store and manipulate your data on, an SSD is a luxury item since an HDD will serve the average user perfectly fine.

Basically, I don't believe that SSDs are the dealbreakers that a lot of people say they are.


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07 Jul 2014   #22
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

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There were people who used to say the automobile was a luxury or fad.
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07 Jul 2014   #23
King Arthur

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Indeed, and as SSDs (and HDDs) get better as time marches on I'm sure my opinion will change to reflect that as well, I'm just talking about the here and now. :P
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07 Jul 2014   #24
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

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Indeed, and as SSDs (and HDDs) get better as time marches on I'm sure my opinion will change to reflect that as well, I'm just talking about the here and now. :P
So are we. And it's "interesting" how your story keeps gradually changing.
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07 Jul 2014   #25
badger906

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, & Mac OS X 10.9.2
 
 

im even contemplating putting an SSD in my NAS server! a) to shut it up and b) mine seems to take forever to wake up when you first use it in a day (by forever I mean 5 -10 seconds) but thats a life time these days!
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07 Jul 2014   #26
King Arthur

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by King Arthur View Post
Indeed, and as SSDs (and HDDs) get better as time marches on I'm sure my opinion will change to reflect that as well, I'm just talking about the here and now. :P
So are we. And it's "interesting" how your story keeps gradually changing.
Beyond mentioning that the SSDs I've had experience using are Intel SSDs with Windows 7 on them, I haven't "changed" anything about the details of my experience with SSDs.

Everyone has different experiences in life, and this obviously is no exception to that. We both agree that SSDs boost the performance of a computer, but we disagree as to the "worth" of that performance boost.

Now, with all due respect, I'm not about to start flinging mud or suspecting any ulterior motives in this discussion and I would appreciate if you would do the same. I'm sure both of us have better ways to spend our time rather than donning tinfoil hats.
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07 Jul 2014   #27
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Hey, I think my tinfoil hat is rather stylish.

I think it's worth the extra performance all around. A lot of folks here tour their 22 second boot times, I don't care as much about that as using my PC after booting. One example I really like is using Photoshop, with a HDD it took 1-15 seconds to open and was slow and rendering a complex image. With my SSD (Samsung 840 Pro 256GB) it opens in under 2 seconds and I can get to work.

I had a bad SSD experience too with a Crucial M4 64GB, my first SSD. Crucial replaced it and the new one is 100%. During the RMA process going back using a HDD again was painful. In my earlier days of fooling with PCs I had a mentor who was a speed freak, an early overclocking nut and fast graphics fan. I think it rubbed off on me.

I gotta go get a new roll of tinfoil.
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07 Jul 2014   #28
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

Gary, I think your tinfoil hat is very becoming.
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07 Jul 2014   #29
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
...I think it's worth the extra performance all around. A lot of folks here tour their 22 second boot times, I don't care as much about that as using my PC after booting. One example I really like is using Photoshop, with a HDD it took 1-15 seconds to open and was slow and rendering a complex image. With my SSD (Samsung 840 Pro 256GB) it opens in under 2 seconds and I can get to work...
Same here. Even with the SSD, my computer takes a bit over a minute to boot because of the HBA card and I have the Marvel chip is enabledóboth have their own BIOS to load as well as the MOBO's UEFIówhich is one reason I just leave the thing running 24/7 (I reboot once a week whether it needs it or not). The big speed increases I see are when using M$ Word, Adobe Acrobat XI Standard (not the reader), and editing photos, especially multiple photos.

Unless my desktop is down (rare), I only use my notebook when on trips. Since I'm only on it for short periods of times several times a day and the rest of the time it is shut down, the decreased boot time is far more important. The increase in battery charge life is also significant. Even though that SSD is also used for storage, it still will almost certainly outlast the notebook and will be obsolete long before it can die.
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07 Jul 2014   #30
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by essenbe View Post
Gary, I think your tinfoil hat is very becoming.
Thanks Steve, I get many compliments.

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