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Windows 7: [OPINION] SSD or HDD for OS/Main Apps

27 Feb 2013   #11

Windows 7 pro 64bit. (SP1)

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Erick Aguilar View Post
It's not a lie either.
Most users only turn on their computers once a day. Call it cliche. But the biggest fad i've seen about SSD's is startup time.

What else would I benefit from with an SSD? could you elaborate? Besides data releabitlity of course. That one I do like, but SSD's are too expensive right now to have the same amount of capacity of a mechanical HDD in an SSD array.
what feels faster when I run OS on SSD:
1) windows UI.. all the windows feels more snappy
2) software install/update (on SSD)
3) launching software and working with that software (menus, UI and other functionality like opening new browser tab)
I can feel difference when working with pc that has SSD.. its far more responsive.
Especially if its disk intensive software.

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27 Feb 2013   #12


The average user will indeed notice a quicker responding system. People who keep their computer well-tuned by limiting unnecessary programs at login and keeping their disk drive optimized and defragmented often report being disappointed in the performance difference. I would say that at least 95% of users are impressed. It is about like the difference between having 2-Gb of RAM and 4-GB.
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27 Feb 2013   #13

Windows 10x64 Build 1709

Am loving my (fairly) new SSD. Everything feels quicker, and as I only have a laptop (which I need due to the nature of my business, see system spec.'s) I like the for me minimal gain in battery life. Others may have more life gain. I also like the heat drop which is quite noticeable to me, not that my machine was overheating before. I like the robustness of them over the spinners, as I am moving around @ 8 months a year.

Having said all THAT ,lol, my M4 Crucial is making me dance in the street. The Samsung mentioned IS top of the line but a tad pricier. SSD's are my number 1 suggestion for a faster more responsive machine if the amount RAM installed is adequate.
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27 Feb 2013   #14
Saurabh A

Windows 7 64bit

Hi leonnkeong,

Encouraging to see users share their 'positive experiences' with the use of 'Solid State Drives'; their first-hand experience' should be useful in taking a decision.

For details on 'Intel Drives', you may find their 'SSD Product Comparison' useful: Intel® Solid-State Drives (SSD)
While researching, I found some interesting resources/articles on the web that you may want to refer to:
- Solid-state Drive Review 2013 - TopTenREVIEWS
- SSD Reviews and Comparison - SSD Reviews, Data Sheets and Comparison -

Hope the information helps.

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27 Feb 2013   #15

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 1Engineer View Post
The average user will indeed notice a quicker responding system. People who keep their computer well-tuned by limiting unnecessary programs at login and keeping their disk drive optimized and defragmented often report being disappointed in the performance difference. I would say that at least 95% of users are impressed. It is about like the difference between having 2-Gb of RAM and 4-GB.
I was blown away when I got my first SSD, an Intel 120GB X25-M, and I kept my system tuned, and running lean. There was actually THAT much difference.

An SSD upgrade will make more of a difference in performance than ANY other component. Yes, even more than a CPU upgrade, even more than a new graphics card, and more than adding more RAM. From installing applications, opening up multiple programs, to just moving around in SSD will absolutely make a difference. You'd think as long as they have been out on the market, we wouldn't have to keep explaining this to people.
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27 Feb 2013   #16

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider

What Kbrady said is absolutely true. An SSD is the most noticable upgrade you can do to any computer, old or new. I own 7 of them. The biggest comment we see here from people installing their first SSD is, "Why did I wait so long". Others, like me, say I will never have a computer without an SSD for the OS and programs. The biggest thing you will notice is not startup time, it is response time. That is the time from when you click the shortcut until the program actually opens. Consider that the average response time from a mechanical hard drive is 14-15 ms. Most top rated SSDs have a response time of 0.1ms or less. So, yes you will see great improvements in every day use, not just startup time, which will be greatly improved as well. The little spinning circle you see now is almost non existent on an SSD.
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28 Feb 2013   #17


There is some difference in opinion as to the noticed speed increase (reduced wait time) experienced with SSD compared to HDD. Much of this difference has to do with circumstances in which the computer is being used.

System Startup
SSD does boot quicker than HDD. On my system which has a RAID controller and 1-TB drives in RAID 1 (mirrored), SSD boots in about 20 seconds less - but my system boots quicker than the average system. The 20 seconds is of no value to me at all as I boot my system a couple of times per week. A student who reboots and shutdowns their computer over 6 times a day will love the SSD - - especially if using a laptop computer on battery as it is MUCH quicker on SSD.

System Backup
Backups are a little quicker for SSD but the system must still wait on the backup target which is usually a USB external drive or online "cloud" service. The SSD makes the reads quick but the writing is still slow. I schedule backups for 2:00 AM so I do not care if the SSD is 20% quicker for backups. Backing up to another SSD as the target should be MUCH quicker. System backup is more important for SSD because data recovery is nearly a waste of time when an SSD malfunctions.

Program Installs, Upgrades, and Starts
This is where SSD really shines. The system will still have to wait for the upgrades to download which is usually the longest wait time of the process but the actual install of the upgrade is very quick.

Security scans
Much quicker for SSD; however, if you schedule your scans to run while you are sleeping, then you will not care.

Internet browsing
Assuming the user has a quick broadband connection to the Internet, over 90% of browsing delay is attributed to the far-end server (port throttling) and network gateway (router throttling) and not the user computer.

It truly depends upon the game. Some games see no performance gain in operation because they load nearly everything in RAM. Other games retrieve tools, schemes, scenes, weapons, etc. from the mass storage device during play, and these games will be much more responsive on SSD. Most gamers I know say they see no difference while playing their games but it really depends upon the game.

Office Applications
Except for starting Excel, Word, or Outloook, I cannot tell any difference in the responsiveness of the programs.

Most installations of SSD requires no maintenance because its software does it automatically. HDD require maintenance for defragmenting and optimizing file & directory locations. This is why the average user sees more difference in speed -- their HDD is poorly maintained and slow.
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