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Windows 7: SSD upgrade for a laptop

11 Apr 2013   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 
SSD upgrade for a laptop

Hello,

I currently have two 750gb drives, both are 7200rpm. Is it worth me upgrading to a SSD? If so should I get one small capacity SSD just for my OS, or should I get two large SSDs. I was thinking get a medium capacity SSD for the OS and commonly used programs, and get an external data drive (USB 3.0) for other programs, music, videos. What will be the best upgrade option?

Thanks allot -Jack

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12 Apr 2013   #2
Microsoft MVP

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64 bit
 
 

I went with a 128 GB SSD for my OS and 256 GB SSD for my DATA. The 750 GB spinner that was in my laptop went in an external USB 3.0 enclosure for anything I don't really need on the DATA drive and backup. The benefits of using an SSD in a laptop are many. No moving parts in the SSD means less power drawn from the battery and less heat generated which also lessens the drain on the battery, as the fan will run less often. Add in the blazingly fast speed increase over a spinner drive and its a win, win, situation. If cost is a consideration you could just go with an SSD for the OS and a spinner for the DATA.
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12 Apr 2013   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
I went with a 128 GB SSD for my OS and 256 GB SSD for my DATA. The 750 GB spinner that was in my laptop went in an external USB 3.0 enclosure for anything I don't really need on the DATA drive and backup. The benefits of using an SSD in a laptop are many. No moving parts in the SSD means less power drawn from the battery and less heat generated which also lessens the drain on the battery, as the fan will run less often. Add in the blazingly fast speed increase over a spinner drive and its a win, win, situation. If cost is a consideration you could just go with an SSD for the OS and a spinner for the DATA.
Alright thanks I'm considering saving for a 960 GB SSD, for my programs, OS and games. Then use one of my current mechanical drives for media storage.
Thanks
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12 Apr 2013   #4
Microsoft MVP

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64 bit
 
 

You've got bigger pockets than I have, I could only just afford what I bought. The big SSD drives come with a big price tag. What ever works for you though, if you can afford it go for it.
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12 Apr 2013   #5

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

I thought about getting a 512GB SSD to replace the 500GB spinner in my notebook but it just galled me to spend 50% more for it than I spent on a notebook I don't use all that often.
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12 Apr 2013   #6
whs

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
I thought about getting a 512GB SSD to replace the 500GB spinner in my notebook but it just galled me to spend 50% more for it than I spent on a notebook I don't use all that often.
Good thinking LF. I work with 60GB SSDs on my desktops and 80 to 90GB SSDs on my laptops. I never had a problem and my oldest SSDs are from 2008.

I just plunged into a 120GB OCZ Vector because it was on sale at Newegg - sounded too good to pass on, LOL. But it has been sitting on my desk since more than 6 weeks. I am still not sure what to do with the thing.
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12 Apr 2013   #7

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
...I just plunged into a 120GB OCZ Vector because it was on sale at Newegg - sounded too good to pass on, LOL. But it has been sitting on my desk since more than 6 weeks. I am still not sure what to do with the thing.
Unlike you, I'm a cheap, old bit...broad and won't buy anything unless I really need it.
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12 Apr 2013   #8

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
 
 

I would go for a 128/256GB SSD for the OS and programs/applications.....and put your User folder(Documents, Pictures, Music, Video) on one of the hard drives.
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12 Apr 2013   #9
whs

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kbrady1979 View Post
I would go for a 128/256GB SSD for the OS and programs/applications.....and put your User folder(Documents, Pictures, Music, Video) on one of the hard drives.
For the OS and normal programs (no games), 60GB is ample. My 60GB drives are either half empty or I run a second OS in virtual on them. And even then I have space to spare. It is only a matter of proper organization.
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12 Apr 2013   #10
Microsoft MVP

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64 bit
 
 

I'm usually on a very tight budget but just recently had what could be a one time chance to just buy what I actually wanted. This opportunity likely won't come around again for me so I took advantage of it. I bought an ASUS K75DE laptop. I'm AMD all the way. Then I replaced the spinner hard drive for a 128 GB Crucial M4 and a 256 GB Crucial M4. It's a big monster with a 17.3 inch screen so it has 2 drive bays. I have hibernation and fast boot disabled and it boots up in seconds. It came with Windows 8 (core). I've since upgraded to 8 Pro and then added Media center. The touch pad supports gestures so Windows 8 is usable and easy enough to get where you want without having to put money in the swear jar.
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