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Windows 7: SSD

06 Nov 2010   #1
pdxireland

W7 Pro 64bit
 
 
SSD

OK, This is it, time at long last for an SSD.
Probably an Intel.
Is 40 GB too small for just OS & programs......do I need at least an 80 GB....more?
How much "headroom" is best?

fmg


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06 Nov 2010   #2
rap33042

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

pdxireland:

I just sprung for an Intel 25-V SSD 40GB

I installed Windows 7 (64bit) without the 100MB boot partition.
I keep all my programs on another drive and all my data on yet another drive.
I separate this stuff mainly for backup reasons- it makes it easier for me to handle.
Used space: 18.1 GB
Free space: 19.0 GB
Speed? Astounding!
WEI went from 5.9 to 7.6 on the primary HDD
Spinner was rated: 95.5 MB/s
SSD at 231 MB/s

I've read that two of these suckers in a RAID-0 setup really rocks but I can't afford it right now.

The size issue you ask about is entirely dependent on how you plan to set up partitions (you have extra drives?)

It's going to get cramped if you plan to put your programs on the SSD, too.

Hope this helps,
rap
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07 Nov 2010   #3
Airbot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

40GB in my opinion, is too small and pushing it, unless you like most everything dumped onto a separate HDD.

Others will say - Oh yeah, it's plenty. Well, I'm at 40GB right now on my 180GB and climbing on mine. I keep my install mostly clean and basic, hibernation file gone (which gave me back 10GB actually), system restore off (not recommending that) just make backups, temp folders and downloads/some other files on a separate HDD. My basic programs which I want on my SSD, which isn't that much at all really, little bit of music, 2 games ATM and I'm at 40GB right now after a while of time. 40GB SSD would give you what, an actual 37GB usable capacity about. My opinion is I would go at least 80, at least.
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07 Nov 2010   #4
tw33k

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) SP1
 
 

+1. 40GB is a little too close for comfort. There are lots of 60GB options.
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07 Nov 2010   #5
A320

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hi airbot, just read your post and was curious, how do you get rid of the hibernation file.

I just got myself an Intel X25-M 80GB and I'M worried that it'll be too small! If I were you I'd for for more than 40GB. Also how much do you think I'll gain my turning off system restore as well?

I run 'goodsync' which keeps all my importants backed up on my external.
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07 Nov 2010   #6
tw33k

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) SP1
 
 

Open an elevated command prompt and type: powercfg.exe -h off
Then reboot.

You'll save plenty of space disabling System Restore but only do so if you are making regular drive images/clones. This is more than just backing up your files.
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07 Nov 2010   #7
Airbot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Pretty much just that command, yeah. Here's the tutorial for it.

Hibernate - Enable or Disable
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07 Nov 2010   #8
A320

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thanks for the info, I'm planning on adding a second similar SSD and trying out a RAID0 configuration so I'm thinking I'll be doing another fresh install soon anyways, unless of course it is possible to IMAGE my current SSD and then place it back on my 2 RAID0 SSD's.
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07 Nov 2010   #9
Ivan the SoSo

windows 10 pro 64 bit
 
 

You will lose trim support with raid....
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09 Nov 2010   #10
pdxireland

W7 Pro 64bit
 
 

Ok....
I guess I will go with an 80/100GB intel.
Will keep an eye on Newegg for a Christmas deal!
Thanks for the advice....

fmg
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