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Windows 7: Which programs and data should I keep when I install smaller SSD?

27 Dec 2014   #11

Win 7 pro 64 bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
There will be no video editing speed-up with a SSD. Video encoding is mostly dependent on the CPU muscle and the amount of RAM. If you have a 4GHz 8-core CPU and 16GB of RAM, then you will see performance. The involvement of the disk is minor. Sorry to disappoint you.
I was hoping that it would

That isn't the only reason for getting the SSD, though. I have a relatively old box and have maxed out at 8GB on the RAM. Have a quad-core processor. If I get too bogged down on the video editing I'll need to either get a new computer or a new MOBO. I've looked at MOBO prices, though, and the cost of that, the RAM sticks, and the processor is about as much as a good price on a new computer.

I've learned a lot today - thanks to all who contributed.

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27 Dec 2014   #12
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

Yeah I know. I do a lot of video work and that is a real challenge for any system. I have a i7 CPU and 8GB of RAM and it still takes time. My option would be 16GB which is possible on my mobo but I am too lazy to crawl under the desk and take the box apart. At age 77 one hates gymnastics, LOL.

But SSDs are a good thing. I have 9 by now. The oldest from 2008 (when I could still bend my knees). Now I install the SSDs as soon as I get the system. I always keep one as spare.
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27 Dec 2014   #13

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lbeck View Post

I have to ask: why are you packing around 25 GB in the recycle bin?
Beats Me... I apparently set this up during my WIN 7 install if I had a hand in it (as opposed to allowing default settings). If I did it my thinking likely was I have enough capacity and do not want to get burned by accidentally deleting a large video file.

Thanks again for your help.
It's up to you, but I'd certainly look to clear it out. You can sort the recycle bin by file size or file location. If you do that, you should be able to make some educated guess as to what each file is and whether it needs to be retained......which are related to your personal data and which are Windows-related. I guess each person manages the recycle bin as they see fit, but mine is examined daily and I very rarely leave anything in it at all.
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27 Dec 2014   #14
Layback Bear

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

I'm somewhat like whs.
Lots of ssd's and keep a couple around just in case.
I have solved my knee problem. I keep the computers on desks therefore no gymnastics required.

lbeck ssd's are not the answer to all computer needs but once you use one you will be wondering why you haven't been doing so for years.
Ssd's are habit forming. I'm thinking M.2 will be my new habit.
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03 Jan 2015   #15

Win 7 pro 64 bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
1. Get rid of the hiberfile. The command is powercfg -h off
2. Reduce the pagefile to 2GB
3. Keep the rest of the OS on the SSD - including all programs. There should be enough space. Most of my PCs have 60GB SSDs and I never ran out of space.
I haven't used DOS much since the '80s. Apparently Windows needs to do this as administrator. How do I access admin privileges? My DOS returns are as follows....

Microsoft Windows [Version 6.1.7601]
Copyright (c) 2009 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

C:\Users\Lee>powercfg -h off
You do not have permission to enable or disable the Hibernate feature.



C:\>powercfg -h off
You do not have permission to enable or disable the Hibernate feature.

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03 Jan 2015   #16
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

Go to Start > All Programs > Accessories > right click on Command Prompt > Run as admin
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03 Jan 2015   #17

Win 7 pro 64 bit

Yep - That worked.

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