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Windows 7: Preferred SSD for OS Drive

16 Apr 2012   #1

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
Preferred SSD for OS Drive

Hey guys,

I am looking at adding a SSD to my rig as my OS drive, although i have many to choose from. I am going threw a local dealer in the city I live in, they have pretty much everything you could possibly need and will order anything you want to buy.

Here is the link: Canada Computers | Computers, Computer Parts, Laptops, Hard Drives, PC Hardware & Accessories Sales

I am thinking on going with one of the following SSD, Tell me what you think and if you could get a better deal. It doesn't need to be very large in size, maybe just 60-80GB would be enough to run OS.

Kingston Hyper X:
Canada Computers | Solid State Drives | Kingston HyperX 3K 90GB 2.5" SATA 6Gb/s Solid State Drive (SSD), Read: 555Mb/s Write: 510MB/s (SH103S3/90G)

Adata SX900:
Canada Computers | Solid State Drives | Adata SX900 64GB 2.5" 6Gb/s Solid State Drive (SSD), Read: 550MB/s Write: 510MB/s (ASX900S3-64GM-C)

Kingston SSDNow:
Canada Computers | Solid State Drives | Kingston SSDNow V+200 60GB 2.5" SATA 6Gb/s Solid State Drive (SSD) (SVP200S3/60G)

Those are the 3 drives I am looking at picking up, I am aware that I will need to pick up an adapter to take the drive from a 2.5inch up to a 3.5inch drive allowing me to mount it within my case. Let me know what you think and if there is a better deal out there as well.


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16 Apr 2012   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit

I'd get an Intel or a Samsung.

2 or 3 months ago, I would have also added Crucial to the list, but they seem to be having issues recently.

You don't need a mounting bracket in most cases. The SSDs have no moving parts. You can just use strong tape to immobilize the drive at the bottom of the case, along a side panel, in a drive bay, or wherever it will fit. No harm in using an adapter if you prefer.

I don't see Samsung at your supplier, but I do see Intel, in the 80 GB size, which is plenty big enough for your purposes. I have 55 applications installed on an SSD, along with Windows 7. Total space occupied is 28 GB.
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16 Apr 2012   #3

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit

Even if there is a drive i want to buy and they don't have it they will order it in for me. Also I would for sure prefer to use an adaptor for the reason of just keeping my computer case looking nice and tidy on the inside. What Samsun would you recommened?

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16 Apr 2012   #4

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit

Samsung 830 series, available in 64 and 128 sizes.

Intel 320 series, available in 80 and 120 sizes.

I wouldn't pay much attention to the published specs. They are all plenty fast enough.

4-8 kb random write access is the single most important spec.

Reliability and support are the most important issues and Intel is at the top of that list. Samsungs look good, but they have not been on the market as long so it's tougher to draw a long-term conclusion re reliability.
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