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Windows 7: Upgrading to SSD


09 May 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Upgrading to SSD

Hi im looking for some advice, i want to upgrade to an SSD in my laptop and i was wondering how much of a difference it would make to my system, i am running Windows 7 64bit on an Intel i7 620m with 4Gb DDR3 RAM (You can see the full system specs on my profile).

Currently it takes around 40/45 seconds to be fully booted and usable, can anyone give me an idea of what that would be using an SSD drive instead of the current 5400rpm hard drive i currently have?

Any help would be much appreciated, thanks,
Rob


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09 May 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

You'll see some gain in boot speed, but that shouldn't be a real consideration for your purchase. Too many people get hung up on boot speed. If your speed drops to 20-30 seconds...is that really a big deal?

You're disk access speeds will be much better. If that's a problem for you now, or you think your currently drive is slow...then upgrade. If not, and you are happy with the laptop's performance, in terms of disk access...you won't get your money's worth.
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09 May 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thanks for the reply, and no im not too fussed about boot speed, would be great to boot up in 20 seconds but thats not too important really. It would be good however to load up photos to Photoshop a bit quicker, especially the larger ones, infact, loading Photoshop itself faster would be good. I was considering buying one hoping that it would decrease the tie i spend waiting for files to load, photos to load and applications to load up etc... 20 seconds off the boot time would be great but not quite the top of my list, so would an SSD improve my laptops performance in all these areas?
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09 May 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

It sounds like you're overthinking this decision. It will greatly speed up disk access, as compared to your 5400 rpm drive. Anything that is slow due to disk access, will get a boost in performance. I'd imagine loading Photoshop and large graphics files will be faster, but the actual rendering and batch processing applied to the files would still focus on processor and memory. Just focus on disk access, and you'll have your answer.
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09 May 2011   #5

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Due to the small size of the drives, you probably wont store photos on them. BUT a clean install of photoshop launches in 1.5 seconds off my intel SSD, and that should say a lot right there. (I've since slowed it down some with fonts and plugins but is still in the range of 3-5 seconds).

Every single thing you launch or load (I put gameson the SSD) it's virtually instantanious and makes our machine feel like it's 10x faster. Actual work like transcoding video wont be much if any faster of course

I think my boot time is about 25 seconds with 15 or more in the BIOS. Windows sometimes boots so fast that the USB keyboard isn't quite active yet at the password screen so that's about as fast as you can get windows to boot (Now if youwere using an instant start BIOS you could eliminate that first 15+ seconds as well... someday)
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09 May 2011   #6

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

It depends.

I'm with Deaconfrost on this one ( there's a first time for everything - LOL ).

A lot of people seem to be misled by the published figures and the couple of improvements they see.

You would expect a few seconds of your boot time and opeining large apps. may be noticeably quicker, too.

That gives the illusion evrything 10x faster .

Unfortunately, SD's are not good at small random access - the kind of thing windows does all the time. In fact they can be 4x slower than a good spinner.

If you are doing a lot of work with very large files - photshopping is a good example , or complex high def video stuff - then you maybe think it worth the price.

For general faffing -( which is what 99% of people do ) - it's not worth it just for a few secs off boot ime.
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09 May 2011   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Okay well i won't go rushing into decisions, i'll think about whether the perfomance increase is worth the money. I probably wouldn't store photos on an SSD if i had one, well not many at least, the majority of them would probably go to a non sysytem network drive once i had finished editing etc. And i understand that once i have the photos/videos/music etc open it is more so down to the processor and the SSD's work is done. So i'll think about it and if the improvement will be owrthwhile for me, thanks for the replies.
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09 May 2011   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

That's another point to consider. If you are opening and editing the files from other sources, such as network drivers or externals, you won't notice any difference.
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09 May 2011   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I know, normally i load them to the laptop, do what i need to do, then send them to a network drive
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09 May 2011   #10

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Don't let anyone put you off - if you really want one - and you can find a good deal - go for it.

You may find it also helps with battery life.

Last time I looked they were 30x ( or more ) the price per gb of a good spineer.
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