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(excuse the noobness)

so, having just entered the overclocking scene and the forums, it seems everybody recommends getting a SSD for my system. frankly, i've never even heard of them until yesterday. I understand what they are, but why are they so popular? how much faster are they than regular HDD's? (for example, the on in my rig, see sig)

I'd also like to know what they are being used for... obviously most come with fairly low storage memory so they must be put to very good use. I'm going to guess they are being used to store OS files (so that it boots and operates quicker) and to store games (to faster load games)?

thank you. will probably pick up a 60gb soon enough to see what the fuss is about. smile.gif
post #2 of 16
SSDs are pretty cool. What most people do is install Windows and a few of their favorite/essential programs, and then throw their Steam games on their old HDD (now their storage drive) as well as movies, music, etc.

Speed differences are huge and incredibly noticeable as far as load times go for programs, boot up times, and even loading screens in games (if you put any games on your SSD). For example, say your HDD boots to Windows and loads everything in ~30 seconds, the SSD will do that in about ~15, maybe less.

SSDs are cool, man. A lot of my friends have one.
post #3 of 16
60gb is too low it would be only for OS and 3 games
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how would you go about putting windows on the ssd? i can't just drag and drop the windows folder onto it right? (lmao)... i'll have to do a clean install, meaning reinstall all my software & drivers? frown.gif

LukaTCE, you say it will be enough for OS and 3 games, how big are the games? Does anybody know how much space the OS takes up and how much HDD space does a modern game take up on average? I know Battlefield 3 will take around 15gb. Anyway i'll probably be putting just OS, BF3, FIFA 11, FM10, and Sims 3 on it, and probably Photoshop, but can't see that exceeding 60gb. Although i'll try to get an 80gb.

Last, and most important question, how hard is it to install the drive? i don't want an external one obviously, but i'm not sure i will be able to connect and secure the drive myself? frown.gif
post #5 of 16
win7 is 15GB fresh install so u need to have 20gb only for os
i mean games like bc2,codbo,css,tf2
Installing ssd is same as hdd u also need adapter (mount kit)
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SSD is the way to go when it comes to a nice speedy system, but what you have to remember is when you have small amounts of storage or a small budget (ie 60GB) you install your OS on it and some programs.. but not games that do not require massive loading.. for me... the only game i have installed on my OS/SSD is Arma 2 OA due to the fact its a CPU intensive game, other games that are more GPU dependant can stay on your storage drive (HDD)


here is my Exp with SSD

first i had a WD SataII Caviar drive.. booted windows 7 in 38 seconds.. and transfered files at about 30 - 50 MB/s (between SSD and Sata II HDD)
then upgraded to a Gskill Falcon II Sata II SSD and it cut my boot time to 18 seconds.. and transfered data (SSD to HDD II @ around 60-70 MB/s

Now i have Sata III capability and got an Agility 3 SSD it has increased my boot time to 9 seconds and my transfer speeds are around 140MBs between SSD III and HDD III and i can have multiple transfers going at once with the same speeds. (you all know the whole 2 different transfers at once killed both the transfer rates with SII HDD's)

So.... enough said.. IMO best upgrade you can do mate.
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wow, that's impressive. so how would i go about installing OS on the SSD? I'm guessing I would just have an option of which drive to install it on and I would choose the SSD?

Also, I'm Guessing SATA 3 drives are faster than SATA 2 drives, right?

and i still need to know how hard it is to install and mount the SSD.. redface.gif i hope i'll manage..
post #8 of 16
ok.. so.. your Pc is off... you plug ur SSD into a spare Sata port and power... you then boot your PC... you then once logged into windows to Start- Search - computer management (WIn7) from there you select storage.. from there you will be able to identify your SSD (usually due to its size) and right click and allocate a Drive letter and format... From there.... you can now install ur OS on ur new SSD (coz its been formatted) and hey presto... nothing dofferent from a normal HDD.

Sata 3 is rated 6GB/s where as S2 is rated 3 GB/s...

i will help ya all the way if you have dramas.. just report back here.. there are alot more people here that can help..
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post #9 of 16
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Originally Posted by Christodagr8;14652453 
from there you will be able to identify your SSD (usually due to its size) and right click and allocate a Drive letter and format... From there.... you can now install ur OS on ur new SSD

how would i do that? wouldn't it create a sub folder with the files from the old windows? i know when i did a clean install on my vista it created a backup with the old system files named WindowsOld or something along those lines..

anyway i wanted to ask.. regarding speeds... i totally don't get it... for example let's take the OCZ Agility 3 SATA III... it has "Max Read: up to 525MB/s
Max Write: up to 475MB/s". but i thought SATA III was 6 gb/s...? what am i missing? also, how come most people don't even reach half of those speeds advertised.. for example, Christodagr8 says he gets 140 mb/s.. that's nowhere near 475 mb/s. how will i even know how fast speeds i will have.. does it matter whether the transfer is from SSD to SSD, HDD to SSD, SSD to HDD?

thank you, i just don't fully understand and would like to know what will happen before i shell out $200 on a decent ssd...

thanks smile.gif
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anyone?
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