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Windows 7: SSD Prices In A Free Fall

25 Jun 2015   #31
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

The US dollar is about 15 percent higher relative to a basket of other currencies than it was a year ago--which works in favor of those consumers using US dollars to purchase imported products such as SSDs.

Mebbe the Europeans could blow up the European Union so that each individual country could devalue its own currency as it sees fit, making SSDs cheaper? That's part of Greece's problem--they can't devalue since they use a common currency.


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26 Jun 2015   #32
OvenMaster

Win7 Pro 32bit; Zorin OS 9 Core (in VM)
 
 

I still haven't seen any advances regarding multi-pass/secure erasure of individual files or folders on SSDs (ŕ la Eraser, Recuva or CCleaner), so I still won't use one for my main OS drive. (I wonder how businesses who care about security deal with this... encrypting an entire SSD raises cain with TRIM and slows the drive down to regular HDD speeds)

Right now, though, a great timesaving use for an SSD would be when I work with screen video captures, and DVD Flick doing its thing combining large video and audio files and ISO writing.
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26 Jun 2015   #33
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Multipass deletions are no longer considered necessary even for HDDs. The Secure Erase utility that is on pretty much all SSD support software is all you need to completely wipe an SSD (once you remove the charge from a cell, it's totally kaput).

I don't see why you would need to encrypt an OS only SSD. For that matter, I would think encrypting even an OS HDD would either cripple it or prevent it from working, period. All that would really need encrypting would be data folders only. Also, can you cite a source that supports encryption raising Cain with TRIM? This is the first I've heard of that.

You are complete correct that the best timesaving from an SSD is for operations that do large frequent writes and reads that otherwise require an impossibly huge amount of RAM. Quicker boot times and faster program loading is addictive though.
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26 Jun 2015   #34
mike009

w7 ultimate 64-bit sp1
 
 

Using Bitlocker to encrypt the SSD's & HDD's there is not much visible degradation - SSD still perform much better that 7200Rpm HDD's when both are encrypted.
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26 Jun 2015   #35
GokAy

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

I thought you can't recover deleted files from SSDs due to TRIM and the discussion led me to seek further info:
Warning: Anyone Can Recover Deleted Files From Your USB Drives and External SSDs
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26 Jun 2015   #36
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mike009 View Post
Using Bitlocker to encrypt the SSD's & HDD's there is not much visible degradation
Unless a user forgets a password then your left with a encrypted paperweight
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26 Jun 2015   #37
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ThrashZone View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mike009 View Post
Using Bitlocker to encrypt the SSD's & HDD's there is not much visible degradation
Unless a user forgets a password then your left with a encrypted paperweight
+1 I never believed in locking myself out of things.

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26 Jun 2015   #38
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Yea I wish win-8.. and 10 did not have bitlocker stuff or is it included in win-7 if it's a pro version too ?
That should be a separate download If a user wants it.
You never know when stuff like that gets activated by accident or via malware/ virus activates it for you
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26 Jun 2015   #39
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

With Windows 8.1 on so called Instant Go devices, encryption is done automatically when you install the OS. Since there was very little info about that, I wrote this guidance. If you happen to have such a device, it mught help you deal with the situation.
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26 Jun 2015   #40
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ThrashZone View Post
Yea I wish win-8.. and 10 did not have bitlocker stuff or is it included in win-7 if it's a pro version too ?
That should be a separate download If a user wants it.
You never know when stuff like that gets activated by accident or via malware/ virus activates it for you
Bitlocker requires a dedicated device—a TPM add on board or a dedicated USB stick (my MOBO has both a TPM port and a single USB port that can be used for Bitlocker)—to set up and use it. With Win 7, Bitlocker only comes with Ultimate and Enterprise. If the hardware isn't in place, malware won't be able to activate it (then again, malware doesn't need Bitlocker to encrypt your data). Bitlocker requires a few steps to activate so it's unlikely one can accidentally do so.
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