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I have a media pc that uses XP Home 32bit.

I have no intentions of changing the OS in part because I don't want to spend another $120 for another copy of win7 and also because I have a couple of older applications that I use on it that do not play nice with Win7.

With that in mind, I have a 64GB Kingston SSD that I got for free and was thinking of installing it in the pc as the primary boot drive. I have several 1 TB drives holding video media on the pc and would keep them as storage units.

I am aware that XP does not have TRIM support. I spoke with Kingston tech support and they assured me that their aggressive garbage collection would suffice to prevent any performance degration of the drive itself.

My question from a setup perspective is, can I set the drive up as IDE? I don't particularly feel like trying to slipstream AHCI drivers into the XP install.

I know it will run as an IDE drive but are there any negatives I should be aware of in doing so?


One other concern I have is that looking at the current drive (a 1 TB WD drive), it shows capacity of 1 TB with 828 GB used. The My Documents folder shows storage of 761 GB (which is where I store everything).

I have very few programs loaded on the system and have the recycle bin set to 0%, Internet temp folder to 500MB. This math leads me to assume that my programs and win install is 67GB? If thats the case, a 64 GB drive will not be sufficient.

I find this puzzling as I have been able to install XP on tiny hard drives without issue. This system literally has a few encoding apps and adobe photoshop and thats about it. How can the install size be so large?

My reasoning for putting the drive in, is that I do a fair bit of encoding and conversion of video and the SSD would obviously increase performance in these types of applications.

Selecting the total content of all files shows a size of 763 GB (but 823,751,533,782 bytes) which is even more strange.

Edited by Robilar - 7/20/11 at 9:57am
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Windows XP is only going to take up a maximum of 20GB after hibernation and restore points. You'll be fine with that SSD.

You can set up the drive however you'd like, it should be fine.

In reference to the lack of Windows XP's Trim support, I would use Defraggler every month or so if you're worried about it. You can also run Ccleaner.
    
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