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Windows 7: Replace SATA HD with SSD?

09 Jun 2015   #11
strollin

W10 Pro desktop, W10 laptop, W10 laptop, W10 Pro tablet (all 64-bit)
 
 

I don't believe the addition of an ssd in a system has any effect on the CPU fan. It's true that there are no moving parts and it uses less power but that has more effect on the system's PSU than the CPU.


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09 Jun 2015   #12
ignatzatsonic

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gogreen View Post
I have about 30 Gb of data and the rest, 145 Gb, in OS and programs. I'd want to leave some room for growth--I figure an SSD, no matter the cost, is an investments that I'll use for at least 5 years.
145 GB OS/programs and 30 data. Hmm............

In your shoes, I'd divide a 500 GB SSD into 2 partitions. Maybe 250 to 300 for OS/programs and 200 to 250 for data.

I'm assuming the 30 GB of data would grow no more than say 30 GB per year. In 5 years, it would still be under 200.

And that the 145 GB in OS/programs isn't growing rapidly either. If it grew at 30 per year, you'd be at 300 after 5 years.

You are the only one who knows the likely growth rates, so adjust accordingly. We don't know your future plans. If you have video intentions on your mind, data will grow more rapidly.

I'd use the current hard drive for backup purposes, mounting it in an external dock or possibly leaving it as an internal. If in a dock, I'd leave it disconnected and powered off except when I was actually running a backup.

If you already have an external backup drive, you might be able to get away with a 250 GB SSD for OS/programs only using a single partition, depending on the growth rate. In that case, put all data on the current hard drive, mounted internally just as it is now. Backup all data to the current external.

Some would say that with a 500 GB SSD, you are better off staying with a single partition because you cannot accurately anticipate the growth rates of data, programs, or Windows and that you'd run out of space on one partition or the other sooner than anticipated. That can be true, so it's up to you to give some serious thought to future plans. Maybe you are thinking about installing some very large programs. Maybe you have no interest in video files and think it's a 99% likelihood that data won't grow at more than 10 GB per year. That's all up to you.
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09 Jun 2015   #13
gogreen

Windows 10 Home, 64 bit
 
 

I'd be surprised if my data grew at 2-3 Gb a year. I would probably keep everything on the single partition. The 250 wouldn't work?
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09 Jun 2015   #14
ignatzatsonic

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gogreen View Post
I'd be surprised if my data grew at 2-3 Gb a year. I would probably keep everything on the single partition. The 250 wouldn't work?
It would work, but I'd go with 500.

You should keep some amount of space free, maybe 15 percent.

You are using 175 now. A 250 has about 232 usable.

Free space would be about 57. That's enough free space, but might not be in a few years if your data growth estimate is off a bit.

Additionally--Windows itself grows over time due to updates.

If you are pressed for cash, go ahead with 250; but the price differential between 250 and 500 is relatively small. A few days ago, you were talking about a 1 TB SSD, so I'd guess the price is not highly critical.

Price Crucial, Samsung, and Intel drives at or around 500 GB capacity.
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09 Jun 2015   #15
gogreen

Windows 10 Home, 64 bit
 
 

Yeah, I'll go with the 500. Thanks!
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03 Aug 2015   #16
gogreen

Windows 10 Home, 64 bit
 
 

The whole point of my considering an SSD drive is that I needed digital music instument samples to load faster into my music notation program.

So I thought I'd post a "solution" to this problem I tried. I recently added .musx (music notation files extension), .sfz (sound samples extension), and finale.exe (music notation program) to the exceptions list in Windows Defender (in Windows 10), and the notation program and instrument samples load faster now. Of course, there's an increased security risk when one adds anything to a virus protection software exceptions list. So whether or not this is a "solution" to slow loading could be another topic. Nevertheless, it's working for me--so far.
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05 Aug 2015   #17
gogreen

Windows 10 Home, 64 bit
 
 

Now my question is this: Would indexing these files also speed their loading?
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05 Aug 2015   #18
ignatzatsonic

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gogreen View Post
Now my question is this: Would indexing these files also speed their loading?
Not that I know of.

I don't use indexing. I turn it off. As far as I know, its primary purpose is to help you search the CONTENTS of files, which is functionality I don't need whatsoever. I search purely by file name, not content.
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