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Windows 7: Finally deciding to get a SSD hard drive

15 Dec 2010   #31
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Jon, looks like you got yourself a SSD. I am glad I could talk you into it. LOL


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15 Dec 2010   #32
Dave76

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

Jon, that seemed to work out rather well for you

The speed you will have with a single SSD will put a smile on your face, the speed increase of using RAID'ed SSDs will likely need a benchmark to notice, according to info I have read as I haven't tried it.

As whs says, until you can get really big SSDs, then depending on your usage it may be helpful.

Enjoy your upgrade.
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16 Dec 2010   #33
spinifex

 
 

Thanks for your input whs and Dave76. I realise this was not my thread, but it has evolved quite nicely with a lot of user friendly advise.

And best of all as you stated, "I have myself an SSD". Now to convince the Handbrake she only needs one, after talking her into having 2 to go raid 0.

Jon
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16 Dec 2010   #34
Devilz

Windows 8.1 - 64 Bit
 
 

what about intel x25 ssd's? i'm thinking of getting one as well but can't decide which one, 40GB will be enough for me to run OS and photoshop on it, rest of stuff will go on 1TB HDD
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17 Dec 2010   #35
Dave76

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

I for one would have to say that is an excellent choice, check my specs, mine has been great.

If you can wait a couple of months the 25nm Gen3's are due to come out.
Suppose to be faster at a lower price.

Still will recommend this SSD to anyone, it is very nice.
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17 Dec 2010   #36
linnemeyerhere

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Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

Devilz,
My only concern is going with a 40gb drive. I went with a 64gb and it's at 15.5gb free after OS, Office '07, ACT, Photoshop, AV, Quicken, MediaMonkey, all drivers and misc stuff. I think it's really the starting point and I'm really glad I didn't do a 32 or 40gb drive. I'm waiting for 128's and or 256's to fall even more over the next year. Heck I'm hoping we'll see 1/2 and 3/4tb drives coming at reasonable prices soon.
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17 Dec 2010   #37
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

The way I operate, 40GB would be ample. I have 11.700 Program files in 1.611 folders (Office 2007, Macrium and all the "helpers" one can think of) plus one vBox virtual machine with Ubuntu. My used space on the SSD is 24.5GBs. The only tweak I have done is to delete the hiberfile and move most of my user data to the HDD (but some user data is also on the SSD).

So I think for a desktop with an additional HDD, a 40GB SSD can work very well - provided you do not have some of those mega games on the SSD. For my new laptop, however, I got a 90GB SSD because there I cannot offload stuff to the HDD (although I do have USB3 ports and a USB3 enclosure which I plan to use for imaging and in case I have really very large files). I like to get one of those 10.000 Rpm Raptors for the enclosure. But then I have to wire the enclosure to an outlet to cool the raptor.
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17 Dec 2010   #38
linnemeyerhere

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

whs,
You've got a great game plan there. I too am waiting for a 128 or 256 to drop in price as Sata III's push the price down on Sata II's. Then I'll snap up one for my lappy. Then wait for the new Sata III's to fall and with luck run a second SSD in JBOD. Any thoughts on that working out well rather than wasting the 64SSD in my desktop currently?
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17 Dec 2010   #39
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by linnemeyerhere View Post
whs,
You've got a great game plan there. I too am waiting for a 128 or 256 to drop in price as Sata III's push the price down on Sata II's. Then I'll snap up one for my lappy. Then wait for the new Sata III's to fall and with luck run a second SSD in JBOD. Any thoughts on that working out well rather than wasting the 64SSD in my desktop currently?
Yeah, I am going to show your posting to my "finance minister". She was not amused about me spending nearly $1400 for a toy that I really do not need. I work with desktops myself and our 3 laptops (that are spread over the 3 Locaions thousands of miles apart where we live over the course of the year) are all her's. I hope my game plan will work as planned. Right now, the bits are still "on route" with UPS. I hope they will make it under the Christmas tree.

The main purpose of that laptop is for teaching my classes at the local computer club. This Sony laptop has a backlit keyboard which will be handy because during the classes I sit under the beamer in the dark. Up to now, I have managed with her laptop and a lamp. It can be discussed though, whether I need an i7 quad CPU, a HD screen and a 1GB graphics card for that. But that might be handy for video editing which I do a lot.

Ideally, I would also like a BIG SSD for the USB3 enclosure. But at the current prices, she would probably get a heart attack - and who wants that - LOL.
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20 Dec 2010   #40
Devilz

Windows 8.1 - 64 Bit
 
 

i guess 40GB will be enough cause i'll be installing OS, photoshop, openoffice, ashampoo and 3dmark vantage only. I'll be ordering SSD in first week of january, if funds allow then I might go with 80GB. Let see what happens

this seems promising

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Intel-X25-M-...2888843&sr=1-6
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