Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.

Windows 7: Confused about SSD

30 Jun 2012   #1

Windows Seven, Home Premium, x64
Confused about SSD

Hello everyone,

Now... I have a few questions in relation to the Solid State Drive.

1. Does it replace the HDD completely?
2. I have 600GB space on my current HDD. I cannot even find an SSD that size. The most I've seen is around 250-300GB and they can be $1,000+. Surely it isn't worth spending that much money? An example, this Solid State Drive. That's only 256GB!!
3. Is it really worth the switch performance rise?

My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Jun 2012   #2

MS Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1

The best thing to do is get an SSD for your OS and applications and put the rest of your data on your SSD.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Jun 2012   #3

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64

No the SSD doesn't replace these large HDD's yet, as the expense for them is prohibitive. But what they do outstandingly well is when you place the OS and important software on them and then commit all your data and none essential software onto the HDD then back up both of these to an additional HDD or maybe a cloud based BU solution then you have a truly transformational change in speed.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

30 Jun 2012   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Most people with an SSD use 2 hard drives. the SSD for the OS and apps, and a regular HDD for data and storage. When people have only 1 hard drive slot in a laptop, they learn to live with less space and store things on external hard drives.

They do make a big performance boost, but they aren't the be-all end all. If you are quite happy with your current performance, I wouldn't necessarily make the switch.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Jun 2012   #5

Windows Seven, Home Premium, x64

Thanks everyone. That has helped a lot.
It has cleared up my confusion.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
10 Jul 2012   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit

If I may add... The SSD itself makes a huge difference!

Crucial, for instance, advertise a drive with 600mbps throughput... externally (through the USB interface). It's under 500mbps when used internally, through the SATA interface. But it's not that expensive.

For more money, a top of the range Integral or Samsung push more data using SATA.

You asked if it was "worth" it... well... Try this... Time how long it takes to fully boot your machine... How long it takes to start, say, A Word document. Now... Try to work out how much time you're waiting on your machine to do this each day and multiply that by the number of days a month you work. When I did it, I reckoned I was waiting for around 3 hours a month.

I charge my time out at 75 (GBP) an hour... That would be around $100?

So... $300 a month just WAITING on a spinning disk.

My laptop (now 3 years old bless it) starts and is ready to use in under a minute... Word takes 2.5 seconds to start...

A top line Samsung is probably 1 months savings right... So for the first year... An SSD saves me... 11 x $300.... $3300 x lifetime of SSD... 3 years say? $9,900!!!

Ok... I use my pc A LOT... The savings are definitely worth it!

My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 Jul 2012   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by UnknownReverent View Post
The best thing to do is get an SSD for your OS and applications and put the rest of your data on your SSD.
Yes, exactly.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by PCSGRobDickie View Post
That's a common fallacy to believe in....turning seconds into dollars. There are a lot of assumptions and liberties taken to do so. You can't accurately turn it into cost savings, but what you can say is that an SSD makes a noticeable difference in everyday usage of a computer. Not just in some areas, but all usage. For example, a new video card may help in gaming, but with all other usage, it has no real bearing. Added memory may only help when you're doing something that requires more than you previously had. A new processor is great for intensive work, but hardly makes a difference in run-of-the-mill tasks. Yet an SSD boots faster, loads ALL apps faster, makes the system more responsive, and in laptops, it can increase battery life.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

 Confused about SSD

Thread Tools

Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Still confused about Win-10
I am still using Win-7 on 4 machines and two XPs For over 3 hours I have searched for info about Win-10 - all search results, so far are dated 2015 to 2016 or undated. :confused: Read Brinks tute Compare Windows 7 Editions a lot of claims and counter claims as on other Microsoft articles,...
General Discussion
Confused about what GTX 580 i have.
Please is someone can help with my issue. My issue is that i ordered 2 times 3GB GTX 580s sli for my pc. But when i do a DXDIAG i only get showing a video memory of 709mb is this incorrect? or am i just not seeing what it really is. EDIIIIIIT: When i run the normall dxdiag it shows 4059MB,...
Graphic Cards
Am quite confused re this
Having just read this article I still not sure what it is telling me. I get the impression that Microsoft want to swallow all the small fish and churn out one big one of it's own. I don't like this idea and would certainly put me off installing 8 - if I was so inclined which of course I am not...
General Discussion
Right my hp pavilion dv6 notebook has switchable graphics intel hd graphics and ati mobility radeon hd 5470 now on system requirements lab it says that the video card im using is an intel hd graphics but shouldnt it be a ati mobility radeon hd 5470 because thats what it should use for...
Graphic Cards
Very Very confused
Hey All ( thanks in advance for advice ) Im kinda confused? After reading some of the forums i though i would ask the specific questions I had. Which process is the best for having a back up if my hard drive crashes or i want to upgrade to a new one. I dont get the difference between...
Backup and Restore

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:29.
Twitter Facebook Google+