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Windows 7: Seagate stopping production of 7,200rpm laptop hard drives...

13 Mar 2013   #21
Fantail

7 x64 | 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lee View Post
Another era is about to come to an end. . .as does all things good or bad. . .
Oh how I'd love to quote you on that in the 3 Out of 4 Enthusiasts Reject Windows 8 thread.


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13 Mar 2013   #22
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Fantail View Post
Having an SSD in my desktop makes it exteeeemly tempting to get one for the laptop. And I'm seeing 240's pricing looking good. Also the crew at ssdfreaks have pointed out how to clone HDD to SDD with windows 7 tools.
The built-in w7 backup is not always good and one never knows what it's doing/done. If you want to make an image or clone I recommend Macrium Reflect Free. Imaging with free Macrium
As a caveat it would be best to start with a new fresh install with the SSD properly aligned.

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13 Mar 2013   #23
alphanumeric

Windows 10 Education 64 bit
 
 

My new ASUS K75DE laptop can handle two drives so a 128 gig drive should be more than enough fro me. I'll just move the spinner that's in it over as a storage drive. Crucial has some M4 drives that come with the cloning kit. You get the drive, a SATA to USB adapter cable and a disk with cloning software. At Newegg the drive with the coning kit is only slightly more expensive than the drive by itself. Newegg.ca - Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2CCA 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) with Transfer Kit
Hopefully they have them back in stock when I'm ready to buy.
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13 Mar 2013   #24
4wd

W7, W8.1
 
 

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14 Mar 2013   #25
Pentaxian

Win. 7 Pro 64
 
 

I'll still stick with my W.D. 10,000 rpm drives I'm running 3 and 2 1tb drives. Time to get another for my photography backups.
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14 Mar 2013   #26
alphanumeric

Windows 10 Education 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Pentaxian View Post
I'll still stick with my W.D. 10,000 rpm drives I'm running 3 and 2 1tb drives. Time to get another for my photography backups.
You don't have much of a choice if you want lots of storage and lots of speed. Not unless you are Bill Gates with lots of money to burn. I hope you have lots of cooling as I bet those babies get hot.
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14 Mar 2013   #27
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
My new ASUS K75DE laptop can handle two drives so a 128 gig drive should be more than enough fro me. I'll just move the spinner that's in it over as a storage drive. Crucial has some M4 drives that come with the cloning kit. You get the drive, a SATA to USB adapter cable and a disk with cloning software. At Newegg the drive with the coning kit is only slightly more expensive than the drive by itself. Newegg.ca - Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2CCA 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) with Transfer Kit
Hopefully they have them back in stock when I'm ready to buy.

I got my M4 without the transfer kit, followed the tutorials we have and got everything perfect the first time. Loving it too.
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14 Mar 2013   #28
alphanumeric

Windows 10 Education 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by indianacarnie View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
My new ASUS K75DE laptop can handle two drives so a 128 gig drive should be more than enough fro me. I'll just move the spinner that's in it over as a storage drive. Crucial has some M4 drives that come with the cloning kit. You get the drive, a SATA to USB adapter cable and a disk with cloning software. At Newegg the drive with the coning kit is only slightly more expensive than the drive by itself. Newegg.ca - Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2CCA 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) with Transfer Kit
Hopefully they have them back in stock when I'm ready to buy.

I got my M4 without the transfer kit, followed the tutorials we have and got everything perfect the first time. Loving it too.
I likely won't use the kit as I plan on doing a clean install anyway. Still for the little bit extra in cost it would be something I wouldn't mind having just in case I need it latter on. I do PC work on the side so that could save me some time on a hard drive replacement and or upgrade. If its still out of stock when I'm ready to buy I'll just get the drive by itself.
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14 Mar 2013   #29
jimbo45

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
 
 

Hi there
decent cheap(ish) SSD drives are available now with affordable prices for the 256GB models. 512 GB Models are available (but still relatively expensive).

The day of the spinner for home use is rapidly coming to an end -- for commercial servers etc high end SCSI disks will still be available for a long time yet - but expect to see the writing on the wall for small 2.5 inch laptop spinners -- BTW with a SATA==>USB adapter these old laptop disks make very good "Backup devices" or things like Music / Photo / video backups and you will soon be able to pickup 320 GBP one's for around 20- 30 USD !!!. 500GB and even 1 TB disks of this size and format are available as well cheaply.

I'm using a 320GB old laptop disk split into two partitions -- small one for an OS and a 2nd one for two Virtual Machines. I run (I know it's a W7 Forum but it's a USEFUL TOOL) a Windows 8 to Go system on the disk plus I have two virtual machines.

I plug the Disk with the SATA==>USB cable into a USB3 port on the laptop --even though the cable is a USB 2 one the disk performs better on the USB 3 port. I'll swap the USB cable for a SATA==>USB3 cable which will improve performance more - even when you plug a USB 3 device into a USB 2 port.

The Windows to go is a fully functioning WINDOWS 8 system that runs directly from the HDD even if there's no functioning disk in the computer it's being booted from. It's NOT an INSTALL or RECOVERY system. You can with a bit of work make a similar W7 system but it's not for the faint hearted.

The other way people made portable OS'es was to create a VHD and mount and boot the VHD (Virtual Hard Drive) but this generally needed at least a Boot drive on the computer. The Windows to Go type of system doesn't require this - and if hardware drivers are needed then at boot it just finds and downloads from the web --very useful tool too.

The SSD's I'm using are the SAMSUNG 830's --excellent SSD's all round.

On Acer Aspire V105 11 inch laptop with the i3 processor (so not the most powerful processor) the WEI for the SSD is 8.9 (it's running W8 and on W8 the WEI scale is 1.0 to 9.9) so a VERY creditable score for that laptop.

That same SSD would yield well over 9.0 if fitted on to some more top end gear.

Processor and memory probably slow down the WEI a little --you can never test things in isolation -- but I'm VERY happy with the performance gain the laptop has by swapping the slowish spinner for an SSD.


Cheers
jimbo
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14 Mar 2013   #30
Pentaxian

Win. 7 Pro 64
 
 

So which brand can you trust? That is the main reason I'm still using 10,000 rpms
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