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Windows 7: Should I get a bootable SSD?

24 May 2012   #1

Windows 7 pro
 
 
Should I get a bootable SSD?

I have just bought an Alienware m17x, with the 750gb 7200rpm hdd. I hear there are two hard drive slots, and was wondering if it would be significantly faster installing a 128gb boot drive, where I could get one from (and for how much), and if it is easy to install - I am not particularly computer minded.
Thanks,
David

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24 May 2012   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

You will most certainly get a performance boost by using an SSD instead of a spinner.

As for which is the best, it's all subjective and a search on Google would probably yield the best comparisons.

You might want to check out these tutorials.

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

SSD - Install and Transfer the Operating System

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24 May 2012   #3

Windows 7 pro
 
 

Okay, thank you. And just as a side point, I ordered it with 16gb ram - will this offer a noticable speed boost?
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24 May 2012   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

The RAM won't improve your SSD performance, but it will improve your overall computing experience.

I don't have an SSD myself, but those that do have raved on here at the performance boost to their system.

What I would suggest is that you just install Windows and your applications on your SSD, and keep your old HDD for your personal data.
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24 May 2012   #5
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

16GB of RAM will make no noticeable difference as compared to 8GB except in very special applications like CAD. But for the normal user this is a waste of money.

A SSD will make a BIG performance difference. I would recommend to look for an Intel, Corsair or Crucial M4. No idea what they cost in the UK, but in the US a 120GB SSD would sell for $110 to $150 if you look for offerings - e.g. from Newegg. A 60GB can be had for around $80 and that is plenty big for a normal Windows7 installation.

Installation of a SSD is dead simple. Transferring the OS is a bit more complex (the geeky way) but can be simple if you use the Paragon Migration Tool. See my tutorial that was linked above.
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24 May 2012   #6

64-Bit W7 Ult_sp1
 
 

BTW: - you are right to go for the 128GB msize..

- I have my Windows7 OS on a 60GB SSD, and it soon fills up..
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24 May 2012   #7

Windows 7 pro
 
 

Okay, thanks for all your help, ill look into this. Just as a point of interest, what kind of speed boost does an SSD produce?
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24 May 2012   #8

Windows 7 pro
 
 

And is it possible to install, for example, all my applications onto the ssd, and will it make them substantially quicker?
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24 May 2012   #9
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Hard to describe. Everything comes up instantly. Boot time is 15 seconds. Here is an example in real time booting Windows 8 in Virtual Box - this is a visual, better than words: Start Win8 in vBox1.wmv - YouTube

Btw: all my desktop SSDs are 60GB with plenty of free space left. And I have a lot of programs installed - no games though. Of my 7 SSDs the biggest is 90GB and that's in a laptop.
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24 May 2012   #10

 

Boot time is Fast with a capital F. As in, the Windows logo animation hasn't finished and I get the login prompt. Also say goodbye to reading tips on game loading screens
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