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Windows 7: Install to SSD Expresscard?

31 Jul 2009   #1

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Install to SSD Expresscard?

Pretty self-explanatory, really. I was wondering whether it would be possible to install Windows 7 to my new SSD Expresscard, and whether or not I could expect any serious performace gain (obviously looking mainly at boot and application launch times)?

The card is a 24GB FileMare SolidGO. It has a read speed of up to 115MB/sec, and a write speed up to 65MB/sec. I think the key point here as well is that it utilises the PCI rather than USB technology, so is a lot faster than, say, the the Lexar card... The seemingly blistering speed of the card is what inspired me to try this in the first place.

My computer is a recently purchased Dell Studio 1555 with GB RAM, a 2.4Ghz Intel Centrino 2 processor and a 283GB 7200rpm hard drive... Boot time is typically 45 seconds or so... Unnaceptable

Also I was wondering where this would leave my current install, in terms of keeping my iTunes and Steam libraries etc, particularly where podcast subscriptions and album art are concerned with the former? My idea is to have the OS on the SSD card, along with a few key programs such as these to speed up my general experience, but with the card's fairly limiting 24GB capactiy, obviously to keep the bulk of my software in terms of music, films and games on the hard drive itself.

Any advice anyone could give would be much appreciated. Cheers!

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