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Windows 7: Debating if I want to chase a very slight performance increase

28 May 2017   #1
Brian60077

windows 7 pro 64 bit
 
 
Debating if I want to chase a very slight performance increase

I am debating if I want to chase a slight performance increase on my HP 8460p Elitebook by replacing the 320gb 7200 rpm hdd with a previous generation 160gb ssd. That would involve reinstalling everything including all programs that I have installed and probably installing Windows 10 pro since my Windows 7 pro disk is missing at the moment. I have spoken to 3 computer people including the tech I bought the laptop from and he is also the person that has the 160gb ssd. they all seem to think to maybe gain 1-3 seconds overall performance increase it isnt worth it especially since the laptop boots in about 45 seconds the way it is set up now. I upgraded the memory to 6gb from 4gb and was talking to him about the ssd drive when he said he doesnt think that a slight performance gain that would involve 4-5 hours of work is worth it when the computer already has a 6.3 WEI. Just wondering what others think. The laptop is very fast and stable now but my friend has one that loads web pages 1/2 second faster which can be annoying.


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28 May 2017   #2
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

First thing is, boot time is not the only measure of a fast computer.

Any quality ssd will out preform any hard drive doing anything in leaps and bounds.
People like me don't buy SSD's just for the hell of it.
The need or desire for speed is why we buy them. It's also a plus that they run cooler and they are smaller.

Now think. What is involved in opening a Web page. Most of what is done has nothing to do with the drive; ssd or hard drive. Remember, the only thing moving in a ssd are electrons. They are very quick little guys.

A little research online will give you more than enough information about the difference in speed between a hard drive and a SSD.

Jack
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28 May 2017   #3
Brian60077

windows 7 pro 64 bit
 
 

had someone tell me stability is more important than lightning fast
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28 May 2017   #4
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

I think that you where not well advised.
You have no idea what a SSD can do for the overall performance.
- A SSD is more than 6 times faster than a HDD.
- It is shock proof.
- It consumes less power so battery lasts longer.

You don't need to reinstall Win 7
Buy a new 256G SSD (or a 512G) and clone your HDD into the SSD.
I have one of these. So far so good.
PNY CS1311 2.5 SSD7CS1311-240-RB - Newegg.com

Buy a USB enclosure to put the SSD to clone. Afterwords, use to enclosure the HDD to make the backups.
external case, 2.5, Hard Drive Enclosures, Hard Drives, Components - Newegg.com
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28 May 2017   #5
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brian60077 View Post
had someone tell me stability is more important than lightning fast
Hi,
Why would a ssd be less stable than an hdd

As far as the wei lists now for your primary hard disk it would probably show a 7.8 with an ssd

I'd usually just create a system image and restore it to a new ssd it takes up less space than a clone does
Create Backup Image with Macrium Reflect by Britec - YouTube

Imaging with free Macrium - Windows 7 Help Forums

Backup and Restore with Macrium Reflect Windows 10 Backup Restore Tutorials
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28 May 2017   #6
Brian60077

windows 7 pro 64 bit
 
 

as far as the WEI score, dont think it will go up any since the graphics are rated at 6.3
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28 May 2017   #7
LMiller7

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

In my experience the upgrade of an SSD was well worth it. The performance gain was more than slight. It was substantial. Boot time was less than half than with the conventional drive and application startup times much better. An SSD is superior to a conventional drive in every way, except cost. A big plus in a laptop is the superior resistance to mechanical shock. Many a conventional drive has been damaged by what was thought to be a minor fall.

Also understand that my computer is rather older than yours and supports only SATA II thus preventing the drive from reaching it's full potential.
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28 May 2017   #8
johnhoh

Win7 pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brian60077 View Post
my friend has one that loads web pages 1/2 second faster which can be annoying.
Plug your cpu (i5 2410M ?) and his into this page:

Compare Cpus

and you'll see why web pages load faster on his.
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29 May 2017   #9
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brian60077 View Post
as far as the WEI score, dont think it will go up any since the graphics are rated at 6.3
Hi,
Graphic's is always the road block usually
In my acer's case it is the cpu & memory
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