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Windows 7: cheapest SSD possibly available?

17 Dec 2014   #11
realflow100

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Would this work for a stripped downnnn windows with few to no extra programs (no java or adobe stuff?)? Amazon.com: Kingspec 2.5 Inch Hard Drive SSD 16gb C3000.6 16gb Sataiii 16gb Solid State Drives for Laptop: Computers & Accessories


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17 Dec 2014   #12
pbcopter

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1, Windows 8.1 Pro x64, Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

No, that would not be suitable, in my opinion.
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17 Dec 2014   #13
realflow100

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

TinyXP?
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17 Dec 2014   #14
MagusMagnus

7 Ultimate SP1 x64
 
 

The Patriot 60GB is currently $44.99. You're going to be extremely hard-pressed to find one any cheaper. YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO USE ANY LESS THAN 60GB FOR A PRIMARY OS DRIVE. WINDOWS 7 X64 REQUIRES NO LESS THAN 20GB TO ITSELF (AND THAT'S NOT INCLUDING RESTORE DATA THAT POPULATES LATER, UNTIL OR UNLESS DISABLED). A 60GB drive will already be 55GB in actuality. So you're already looking at barely 35GB for everything else (and I'd imagine "everything else" ALSO includes the OS Updates)... that's really tight for a primary OS drive. Do not expect to be able to put more than a couple games on it, if that.

Also, if you're going to keep your OS on an HDD, don't waste your money on SSD at all. There will be absolutely zero performance increase if you do that. The OS must be on an SSD for your system to be able to utilize and benefit from SSD performance at all.

And it is again strongly recommended that you use one of your other HDD's for drive image backups of ANY SSD. Move the files off of the HDD first (if you try messing with partitions with data on the drive, there is a chance you will wipe them on accident), then create a partition to the parameters of the SSD (overall size, cluster and so forth must match) and make FREQUENT backup images. If you do not, you stand to lose everything when or if the SSD goes. They do so WITHOUT warning.
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17 Dec 2014   #15
pbcopter

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1, Windows 8.1 Pro x64, Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

You could use XP, but it is no longer supported by Microsoft.

Personally, I would save a bit more and get a reasonable size SSD, if you want an SSD.
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17 Dec 2014   #16
Berton

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit, Mac OS X 10.10, Linux Mint 17, Windows 10 Pro TP
 
 

Quote:
I want Cheap as in can pay for it with birthday money cheap
I didn't catch that part earlier but it does speak to a youthful situation. We quit giving birthday money when the youngsters reach 18.

One thing I've noticed is the lower capacity and cheaper drives tend to be eliminated from the supply chains as technology advances and people keep wanting the latest and greatest, biggest and fastest. It boils down to if there's a need or desire and the product is available it's best to buy it now, may not be available later.
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17 Dec 2014   #17
pbcopter

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1, Windows 8.1 Pro x64, Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Berton View Post
We quit giving birthday money when the youngsters reach 18.
I'm in my late 60's and I still get birthday money from my parents, in-laws. LOL.

Do not let them know they should have stopped at 18.
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17 Dec 2014   #18
RogerR

7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MagusMagnus View Post
That is messy and opens you up to a plethora of potential problems (its really best to install programs on the OS drive, except for games, to avoid those potential problems).
Curious as to the plethora of problems. I use an SSD for my OS and have separate (platter) HDDs for programs and backups. Its been years since I let my OS play in the same space as programs and data and I seem to have missed the problems.

On SSD reliability, much of the 'data' is anecdotal and refers to the earliest generations of a rapidly advancing platform. Brand makes a difference, but for most users SSD are now about as reliable as mechanical drives. That of course is a relative term. Here's a little ditty for you:

Still, I've read failure rates of SSDs are now around 1.5%, so that's par.
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17 Dec 2014   #19
MagusMagnus

7 Ultimate SP1 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RogerR View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MagusMagnus View Post
That is messy and opens you up to a plethora of potential problems (its really best to install programs on the OS drive, except for games, to avoid those potential problems).
Curious as to the plethora of problems. I use an SSD for my OS and have separate (platter) HDDs for programs and backups. Its been years since I let my OS play in the same space as programs and data and I seem to have missed the problems.

On SSD reliability, much of the 'data' is anecdotal and refers to the earliest generations of a rapidly advancing platform. Brand makes a difference, but for most users SSD are now about as reliable as mechanical drives. That of course is a relative term. Here's a little ditty for you:

Still, I've read failure rates of SSDs are now around 1.5%, so that's par.
The last time (couple years ago) I installed programs on an external/drive other than OS primary, the registry kept losing their filepaths (and I do not use registry cleaners). I had to keep uninstalling and reinstalling and I eventually just said screw it and stopped trying to do that. But that's my experience. No idea if that's still a hazard or not. Hopefully not but anyway, just thought that may be good to mention just in case that wasn't an isolated occurrence.

I've seen that before, I know the rates. I wasn't saying that SSD's are less reliable than HDD's. I was just pointing out that SSD's rarely give warning when they're going to fail. HDD's can also not give you ample warning enough to pull your data off, however I've personally always had ample warning with HDD's (noises, SMART etc). I've heard the exact opposite being true with SSD's, that most often when they go, they just go. Not unlike with all other flash media... it works, right up until it doesn't. That's all. Happy to hear the SSD failure rates are improving.
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17 Dec 2014   #20
MrRichGuy

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I don't think any company produce a SSD with 50Gb.
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