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Windows 7: SSD upgrade for a laptop

12 Apr 2013   #11
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

That looks like a great laptop - if you can still call it that way (need a big lap, LOL).

But I would have kept 1 spinner for the data. I find very little advantage to have user data on the SSD.


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12 Apr 2013   #12
alphanumeric

Windows 10 Education 64 bit
 
 

I could have gone that way but opted not to. I like to have my Data, documents, pictures, music, etc on separate drive or partition. That way I can just nuke the OS drive when I do a clean install. I could have bought one big SSD or two smaller drives, I went with two SSD's. The 750 GB spinner went into a USB 3 external enclosure for the overflow and seldom used stuff. The 750 GB drive that was in it was only a 5400 RPM drive.

EDIT: lol, a Big lap and a big laptop bag required. I'm still looking for a laptop bag big enough to hold it. I'll likely end up getting a back pack.
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12 Apr 2013   #13
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I understand what you are doing - it is the typical desktop scenario. OS on the SSD and user data on a second disk (in my case always HDDs).

I just like the larger capacity of the HDD for the user data plus I also keep an extra partition for imaging the SSD (which I also image to an external eSata attached spinner).

On one of my desktops I have 2 HDDs plus the SSD. That is ideal. I never noticed any performance lag for fetching the user data. But those are all 7200RPM HDDs. My OS footprint on the SSDs is usally small (appr. 30GB) and imaging to the internal HDD takes only 5 minutes (with free Macrium).
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13 Apr 2013   #14
Faladu

Windows 7 Ultimate Retail Box (64-bit installed) + Service Pack 1
 
 

You have 2 SSD's in a laptop now?

It's possible you are going murder at least one of the SSDs with temp files and virtual memory writes, since the # of writes is finite to a sector, you will know when you start seeing a ton of errors and SSDs should never be defragmented.

Just FYI...
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13 Apr 2013   #15
alphanumeric

Windows 10 Education 64 bit
 
 

Not to worry, no virtual memory file, virtual memory is set to 0. Indexing is turned off, system restore is turned off, fast boot and hibernation are disabled. Windows disabled defragmentation and enabled trim for both drives automatically.
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13 Apr 2013   #16
alphanumeric

Windows 10 Education 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
I understand what you are doing - it is the typical desktop scenario. OS on the SSD and user data on a second disk (in my case always HDDs).

I just like the larger capacity of the HDD for the user data plus I also keep an extra partition for imaging the SSD (which I also image to an external eSata attached spinner).

On one of my desktops I have 2 HDDs plus the SSD. That is ideal. I never noticed any performance lag for fetching the user data. But those are all 7200RPM HDDs. My OS footprint on the SSDs is usally small (appr. 30GB) and imaging to the internal HDD takes only 5 minutes (with free Macrium).
I'd go that route for my desktop if I ever get an SSD for it. My laptop just seemed a good candidate for an all SSD setup. Less noise, less heat and longer battery life. The second drive if it was a spinner would be running more often than not so I ditched it too.
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13 Apr 2013   #17
Faladu

Windows 7 Ultimate Retail Box (64-bit installed) + Service Pack 1
 
 

Just beware, some programs might not like no VM at all, even with tons of RAM... it happens.

Other programs setting their own default temp spots and defaulting to C: is a problem also.

I have survived about 9 months on this SSD so far, with the 7200RPM drive riding shotgun, the system IS still pretty robust.
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13 Apr 2013   #18
alphanumeric

Windows 10 Education 64 bit
 
 

To be honest I'm not worried, not enough to make me put a spinner back in anyway. SSD's are a lot more robust than they were when they first appeared on the scene. Everything wears out eventually. The 128 GB drive was only around $100 Canadian. I would expect that one to fail first as its the OS drive. Maybe I got it wrong but, from what I've read, SSD drives just slowly shrink in size as more and more cells become unusable. When they can't be written to anymore they just get locked out and not used. Only time will tell. Haven't had any complaints about no virtual memory. If I was to try and install Adobe Creative suite or something similar I dare say I would get prompted to enable it. I've got the max 8 gigs of RAM in that laptop.
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13 Apr 2013   #19
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

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Less noise, less heat and longer battery life.
That is an excellent reason. I solved the heat problem with one of my laptops by replacing the HDD with a SSD. I was not too worried about the battery life because it is permanently tethered, but that is a good point too if you run it on battery at times.
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13 Apr 2013   #20
Musicandgta

Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Alright thanks for all the info, I might just get a 256gb SSD and use one of my current 750gb spinners. Since I'm only 13 and I don't have all that money at the moment
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