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Windows 7: SSD Drives

01 Feb 2010   #1

Windows 7 64 bit
SSD Drives

I am interested in these new drives as i have heard that they are much more better then the older drives.Does anyone has some experience and if someone does I hope you can share it

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01 Feb 2010   #2

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE

Here is an article that you should read. Hopefully, it will put it into perspective:

SSD Myths and Legends - "write endurance" article in STORAGE search .com
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01 Feb 2010   #3

Windows 7 Professional x64

They rule. Here's another thing to read, and all other stuff on the same site about SSDs is good too.

AnandTech: OCZ's Vertex 2 Pro Preview: The Fastest MLC SSD We've Ever Tested

Read some of the older stuff, but keep in min it's a little out of date. It sure explains SSDs well. I have been using them for about 9 months mow and I love them.

Also, read my thread here
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01 Feb 2010   #4


I have one in another machine. Cold startup for windows 7 professional is about 3 1/2 seconds after POST.
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01 Feb 2010   #5

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE

With the prices that they bring, it looks as though it will be a while before I get one, but if I did, I would be certain to monitor drive activity to prevent an early demise. I think that the only thing that I would install on it would be the OS.
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01 Feb 2010   #6

Windows 7 Professional x64

I have 3 systems running SSDs. I have the OS and a few programs installed on them.

I have Patriot Torqx drives so they have a 10 year warranty. If they slow down or fail they will replace them. I know because I have had one bad one. They sent me a new one.

I used to turn off system restore, superfetch, prefetch, and other stuff, but now I am trying running them almost normally. They sure make you not ever want to go back to "normal" drives.
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01 Feb 2010   #7


As with any other new technology, the price of SSDs will probably drop as production and demand increases. Besides the speed, I like the fact that with an with an SSD, accidentally dropping your laptop while it's running no longer means instant dead HDD.
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01 Feb 2010   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

After running the Os on a SSD, like most of us, you would likely have the same conclusion.

No way id ever run the OS on a spinning drive again.

Some things are prfectly fine on a spinning drive and doesnt really matter IMO.
Such as movies, Pictures, Music etc most of these do not require alot of transfer speed anyway and are fine.

A couple entry level drives (Good basically for OS only):
Over at Newegg, theres the OCZ Vertex30GB drives:
Excellent Drives!!!

And Intell has one (a 40GB):

i cant say much about the Intels, perhaps others know more.

but I do know the Vertexs are just terrific SSDs
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01 Feb 2010   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by madtownidiot View Post
I have one in another machine. Cold startup for windows 7 professional is about 3 1/2 seconds after POST.
As an owner of an SSD drive myself, 3.5 seconds after POST would be absolutely incredible. I recall a thread on this board discussing the ability to get to an 11 second boot with SSD I don't quite think that 3.5 seconds is accurate...unless it's coming out of hibernation. I'd say after post, my bootup time is about 16 seconds with the Intel X25-M Gen 2 SSD drive.

For the original poster, here is what I really love about the SSD drive

1). It's silent
2). No need to defrag as it can randomly get to the file pieces just as fast
3). Virus scans and malware scans are extremely fast.
4). I shut off indexing and it's just not needed with these fast drives.

As for the negatives
1). Write performance degradation: Get a drive that supports TRIM today, you likely won't notice the slowdown
2). Shorter life span: These drives should last 10 years pretty easily. I don't anticipate still having my 80GB Intel 10 years from now.
3). Cost: It's the biggest bang for the buck upgrade you can get.
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01 Feb 2010   #10


Actually it takes longer to come out of hibernation than to start up cold. And why does 3 1/2 seconds sound so incredible? Total startup time including POST is about 15 seconds, but once the system decides it's ready to boot, it only needs to read about 300 MB to load the desktop, which probably takes less than 2 seconds.
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