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Windows 7: New guy with a few questions

17 Nov 2010   #11
linnemeyerhere

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Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

I like the W7 program but I also have used Acronis. It's available as a free download from WD if you'd like to try it.
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17 Nov 2010   #12
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

As others have said, the WEI will not increase with a 7,200RPM or even a 10,000RPM Raptor drive. 5.9 is really about the max that you will ever get from a spinning mechanical hard drive.

Now, with that said, a 7,200RPM drive will give you a noticeable performance boost...even though it won't be reflected in the WEI. No doubt about that.
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18 Nov 2010   #13
1fox2go

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Yea not too concerned with the windows score, more so wanting the performance boost for the games. All the reviews from the laptop buyers on Newegg said once they swapped the drive to a 7200 or a SSD they got a noticeable increase in boot times and gaming performance.

Im thinking a small SSD should suffice, and use my harddrive that came in the laptop as an external per the recommendation

Like I said this is mainly for the games and the occasional work machine

I will give the Acronis a run later this week and make a recovery image.
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18 Nov 2010   #14
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 1fox2go View Post
Yea not too concerned with the windows score, more so wanting the performance boost for the games. All the reviews from the laptop buyers on Newegg said once they swapped the drive to a 7200 or a SSD they got a noticeable increase in boot times and gaming performance....
a fast ssd won't make your games run faster - it'll make them load up faster, sure, but won't increase fps.
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19 Nov 2010   #15
1fox2go

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

correct, but sitting for 5 minutes waiting for it to load would make me lose interest real quick in playing the game
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19 Nov 2010   #16
linnemeyerhere

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

A SSD is one of the most transformational changes in computing once you get one you'll wonder how you ever lived without it. Dropping 5 bills for 1/2 TB not so much but $130 or less for a good SataIII 60-80gb .....let the good times roll baby !
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03 Jan 2011   #17
RebelViking912

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I have the same laptop. There is an extra empty hard drive bay in this laptop but its missing the bracket to attach it to. You can get the hard drive caddy for about $25, then put a SSD as your main OS and apps drive, and move the 500gb 5400rpm drive to the extra bay for storage.
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03 Jan 2011   #18
1fox2go

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Really? That is awesome to know!

Have you done this yourself?
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03 Jan 2011   #19
RebelViking912

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I will be soon, just waiting for the hard drive caddy to come and will have to save up a bit for the SSD drive. If you read the forums and customer reviews at tigerdirect, amazon, and newegg you'll see ppl have had good success doing this. The hard drive bracket is a little hard to find but if you google acer aspire (then the model #) parts you'll find it, or call acer and be on hold for hours for parts ordering. Take the cover off the hard drive bay and you'll see the empty HD bay. Also you can put up to 12 gb of ddr3 1333 ram (3 rimms of 4gb). Check you that you get the right 1333 ddr3 ram, as their are two different types if you want to upgrade that too later.
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03 Jan 2011   #20
1fox2go

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Yea I skimmed the reviews on Newegg. I saw people replacing the main drive for ssd but didnt see much on the second bay. Also on Newegg it says it only supports 8 gig max? That correct or does your sources say different?

Where did you order your caddy from? Maybe help me save some time searching?
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