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Windows 7: Solid state disks

28 Jan 2016   #1

Windows 7 Enterprise
Solid state disks

Hi all,

Just looking for some advice/experience here.

I manage a fleet of 100 laptops/desktops and I'm pretty new to SSD's working here having never really come across them in my last employment.

Our fleet consists of a few Dell Latitude E6430's that have seemed to be specced with 120GB SSD's. Now the 3 year warranty has just expired and I thought that replacing them with 5 x shiny new Dell E5550's (again with 3y year warranty) was the best idea and cascade the older laptops down to less used/infrequent staff. Same ran, both i5's but slightly bigger screen.

What a bad idea that seemed to be.

The newer laptops seem that much slower and I think that is down to the fact they have spinning drives. Everything from slower boot to waiting for Outlook 2013 to 'process' to icons showing on the desktop. They aren't that bad really but its noticeable against the older SSD equipped laptops.

I'm sort of hooked of the SSD thing now and that spinning disks are cack. I've bought a 120GB Kingston SSD and saved a almost chucked C2D Optiplex, unbelievable how it performs now.

So what next, as laptops are due replacement at 5 years do I just get it an SSD/new battery upgrade and see them out another 3 years?

Confused now, cant turn back the E5550 purchase (that's down to experience) but just thinking for the future replacement plan.

I assume a HDD and battery replacement would the main degradation points of a laptop and just view screen problems as they happen.

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28 Jan 2016   #2

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit

Yep adding an ssd's is the best upgrade to any machine really
Any laptop new or old would probably have a 5400rpm hdd in it and yes painfully slow as you're seeing they use them for battery life mostly.
SSD's also cut down on heat production compared to hdd's
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28 Jan 2016   #3
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64

madmanmoon you are having a ssd withdrawal.
Cause by once using a ssd in the past. That is normal. Ssd's are habit forming.
Once you use a ssd you will want more. The only cure is using ssd's instead of hard drives.

Another good point for laptops is a ssd will not only run many times faster it will also run cooler than a hard drive.
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28 Jan 2016   #4

Windows 7 Enterprise

Yes, addicted is the word. They are good to feel in the hand too.

What do you reckon on them extending the life of a well run in 3 year old laptop? I'm thinking money saving and gaining brownie points with the management.
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28 Jan 2016   #5

Windows 7 Enterprise

The HDD's in the new laptops are 7200rpm, still not on par with the SSD though.
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28 Jan 2016   #6

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit

I added a crucial mx100 128gb ina 6 y.o. laptop 32 bit it has never run better :)

Very addictive indeed I have since added 2 samsung 500gb 840 evo's and 2 more crucial mx100 256gb's :)
And still need more 250gb ones for other os's
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28 Jan 2016   #7

Windows 7 Enterprise

I have been buying Kingston 128GB ssdNOW 300's. Assume these are good buys, I didnt do much research to be honest.

Specs are;

450MB/s read/write, says 10x faster than a 7200rom HDD (can believe it), SATA 3.0 6GB/s (obviously if the machine can support that)
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28 Jan 2016   #8

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit

Yea I usually go by what's on sell :)
I started with crucial's when I asked and stepped up to the samsung's now mostly via reviews here :)
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28 Jan 2016   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit 6.1 Build 7601 (SP1)

SSDs are really the only way to go with laptops these days as they are impervious to drops. Your Latitudes might have the drop sensor (Free Fall protection) as my E6540 but with an SSD you don't care about that.

The only downside that I know of for SSDs is that they don't typically give any warning when then fail, whereas a spinner does sometimes start making noise or throwing SMART errors in which case you know to hurry-up and protect your data. I have experienced a failed SSD and it's heart-in-the-throat time--it just disappeared without a trace and all my hard work with it.

Well, not really. I do Image backups. You will want these lappys to back their data to your server at every connect, and do image backups whenever you change the configuration (install/update programs eg) and that will be a challenge. But it's something you should be doing anyway whether spinner or SSD.
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28 Jan 2016   #10
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

SSDs are the only kind of disks that I buy since a while. By now I accumulated quite a collection. Some are still in the wrappers. There is no reason to stay with spinning disks. They are slower and less reliable.
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