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Windows 7: Will a SSD and HDD work together at the same time?

08 Apr 2010   #1
KazeNoKoe23

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1
 
 
Will a SSD and HDD work together at the same time?

I plan to buy a SSD in the near future, and I still have my 150 GB Raptor that I want to keep. Is it possible to have a SSD as a Windows drive and a mechanical hard drive working inside the same computer at the same time if they're both SATA II? I've heard horror stories that SSD's and HDD's won't play nice if both are internal drives and both are SATA II.


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08 Apr 2010   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Of course they work together. I wonder from where you get the "horror stories". The classic SSD setup is actually using the SSD for the system and move the user files to the HDD. That way you can get away with a 30GB SSD which costs less than $100. Expect Windows7 to require about 18GB ( and that includes a healthy set of programs installed) with the hibernate file removed but the page file on the SSD (which I recommend).
Here is mine - I actually have 2 partitions on this 80GB Intel. I keep most of my data in the other SSD partition. This is the status after 5 months of usage:




And look with how many HDD partitions it cooperates.

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08 Apr 2010   #3
KazeNoKoe23

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1
 
 

I figured as much. Just wanted to make sure. Thanks.
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08 Apr 2010   #4
MadMaxData

Windows 7 Enterprise x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
The classic SSD setup is actually using the SSD for the system and move the user files to the HDD. That way you can get away with a 30GB SSD which costs less than $100.
Sound advice.
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08 Apr 2010   #5
KazeNoKoe23

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1
 
 

I got another question. I'm not sure of the difference between 2.5in and 3.5in, since the SSD's I'm looking at are 2.5in while my Raptor is 3.5in.
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08 Apr 2010   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

The SSDs are all 2.5" (except a few rare ones that are 1.8"). In order to put them into the 3.5" bays, you need that kind of bracket.

PS: here is one that is still available: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-085-_-Product
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08 Apr 2010   #7
KazeNoKoe23

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1
 
 

I'm looking at the Intel X25-V 40GB drive for roughly $145 CDN before tax. Opinions?

http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=48984
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08 Apr 2010   #8
MadMaxData

Windows 7 Enterprise x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by KazeNoKoe23 View Post
I'm looking at the Intel X25-V 40GB drive for roughly $145 CDN before tax. Opinions?

http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=48984
If you have your mind set on that specific drive, then get it at TigerDirect and save some serious cash: CLICK ME

I've been dealing with TigerDirect for years now, and their service is impecable, and so is their 24/7 customer service. Personally, I would have chosen an OCZ drive, because I love their products, but to each their own. Just thought I would provide a link to save you about $30.00, and from an extremely reliable company.

*EDIT*
Both have the same 3 year warranty provided by Intel as well.
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08 Apr 2010   #9
whs
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