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Windows 7: SSD in 4 year old Inspiron 9400

24 Apr 2010   #11
Darryl Licht

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At the current price per GB of $4-5 for SSD's, I think you will get better all around performance by spending that money elsewhere.

There is nothing, absolutely nothing that can speed up your system as much as an SSD - for the same money. Any modest older system will start flying once you put the SSD in. The only prerequisite is a reasonable amount of RAM (e.g. 2GBs).
When you take "bang for your buck" into consideration, I disagree!

I upgraded the stock 100GB 5400RPM HDD to a 7200RPM WD Caviar 300GB in my 4 year old lappy it cut boot times in half... for $89.00! I couldnt imagine spending
3-4 times more $ for less storage than the original HDD contained. I USE my lappy, and needed more space... the added speed was a nice benefit on top.

Now if I win the lotto... I could care less!


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24 Apr 2010   #12
whs
Microsoft MVP

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Darryl, no problem if you are happy with that. You probably got like 10 to 20% better performance. But with an SSD we talk about orders of magnitude - in speed. However, if you need more disk space, the SSD does not qualify for a laptop (unless you have 2 bays). On a desktop, however, a small SSD for the system only makes a lot of sense.

Btw: Your little disk was quite expensive. Next time check here.
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24 Apr 2010   #13
HerrKaLeun

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I guess I was thinking getting by with a 40 GB SSD for $ 114. Obvioulsy, if you need more space, an SSD becomes outrageously expensive. Praise the desktop for its ability to use both HDD and SSD each where they are strong.
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24 Apr 2010   #14
whs
Microsoft MVP

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There are new 17" laptops around that have 2 disk bays (e.g. HP). You can also trade your CDROM bay for a disk. But that takes good mechanic skills - LOL.
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24 Apr 2010   #15
Darryl Licht

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit Steve Ballmer Signature Edition
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Darryl, no problem if you are happy with that. You probably got like 10 to 20% better performance. But with an SSD we talk about orders of magnitude - in speed. However, if you need more disk space, the SSD does not qualify for a laptop (unless you have 2 bays). On a desktop, however, a small SSD for the system only makes a lot of sense.

Btw: Your little disk was quite expensive. Next time check here.
That's a good deal... on a Caviar Green, but I have the Caviar Black w/16MB cache: Newegg.com - Western Digital Scorpio Black WD3200BJKT 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Notebook Hard Drive

I'm just saying I dont think that much $ spent on less storage is going to help the majority of users. It's also a Pandoras box... if you upgrade to an SSD in a lappy, you will need as much RAM as possible for best performance 2-4GB... so another upgrade and more $ thrown into a 4 year old machine.

When SSD's drop in price to near mechanical HDD prices, and they will, then I will make the switch!
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