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Windows 7: SSD 60GB or HDD 250GB?

19 Jul 2012   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
SSD 60GB or HDD 250GB?

Hello, I just ran out of room on my 500GB HDD, Its a 7200 RPM and I like the speed of it. I started looking for a new HDD when I came across an 60GB SSD. I never thought of buying an SSD before. Now I can't decide if I should get the SSD or the HDD ( same price) I need a new drive for linux, but my current drive only has 3GB left. I was going to partition 30GB to linux and keep 30 for Windows. Then transfer my OS to the remaining 30GB, that would free some room. I am a gamer so I need alot of room for games. If I get the 250GB HDD then I would have alot of room for more games and linux. But then I would not be able to boot Windows 7 in seconds. What should I get?

My specs:
Intel core i5 2500K ( stock speed )
MSI - H61M-P20(G3)
8GB of Vengeance DDR3 RAM @ 1333 CAS 7
GTX 550 Ti 1 GB ( Overclocked )
1 500GB 7200 Western Digital Caviar Blue HDD
500W PSU.

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19 Jul 2012   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit

Go with an SSD. If you choose the 60GB SSD, you will have just enough space for the OS and a Office Suite and a few other apps before you start to run out of space. If you can afford it, go with a minimum of 128GB SSD as your primary drive, then wipe your 500GB mechanical drive and use as a storage drive.
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20 Jul 2012   #3

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Thatoneman View Post
What should I get?
You should get the one that provides you with enough space to do what you need to do.

If the SSD will cramp your space requirements, don't bother with it. Space is more important than the advantages of an SSD.

Anything to do with gaming can be installed on the spinning drive. All you need to put on an SSD is the OS and (preferably) primary applications.

How big an SSD you might need for that is variable. Many on this forum use SSDs of 60 or 64 GB. I use an 80 GB SSD and only 28 of that is occupied by Windows 7 and about 55 applications.

SSDs have advantages that extend beyond boot speed, but none of them override whatever space requirements you may have.
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20 Jul 2012   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

Given your system, there's no reason to consider dual-booting. Linux runs very well when virtualized. That being said, don't confine yourself to a small SSD. The sweet spot in pricing is the 128 GB drives right now, which can be had for a little more than what the 60s are selling for. I know, unfortunately, because I have a 60 GB and a 128 GB Crucial C300 that I'm looking to sell soon and I am amazed at how little they are worth.
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