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From spending time doing research and listening to friends as well as reading numerous threads, I am going to be getting a M4. Now before I do buy it, I need to decide which size to get among other things. Friend says go for 256 gig, just cannot justify price at this time for one HD. I also am kind of wavering on the 128gig as I have read a lot of people are buying the 64 gig and just putting the OS and some other minor things on it and putting the bulk of everything else on a larger sata drive.

Here is one of my issues, I am running 2 comps, on one it is a 500 gig Hitachi (which would get the SSD immediately)other is running a 150 gig Raptor 10k rpm. One of the questions I have is would the SSD be much of a improvement over the Raptor Drive? Another thing is, I am just running the 150 gig Drive atm alone with no other drive, and still have 30 gigs free... I have other drives which are used for storing things such as music etc but the main ones I have I put most everything on them so I am going back and forth with the arguement of just using the 128 gig with nothing else...

Another issue I am concerned about is, I just built a system and used a old install of Win 7. Yet, since everything but the HD was replaced, I was asked by microsoft to reregister my copy of Win 7. All this was done within last 2 months. I am pretty sure if I get the SSD I will need to do a fresh install of Win 7 and when I do I will be asked to reregister it again. Will I get grief from Microsoft for this or should I hold off a while on getting the SSD till my name drops out of the que or something?

Additionally, I see some SSD listed with a data transfer kit? IS this something I should be considering as well or just go for the bare HD with nothing else? Am a first time SSD owner so might not have all the hardware/ software needed, and will be reading the sticky above for setting up and installing a SSD.

As soon as I get some answers to the above questions I will make final choice on which size drive to get. Sometimes a outsiders opinion brings things to light I am missing... so thanks in advance to any responses.
post #2 of 12
You seem to be wondering about the space, so I think you should just go for the 128GB version if you're worried about it. Not really a need for the 256GB unless it's completely on it's own.

And yes you will see A HUGE improvement in performance. I personally think it's the biggest performance boost I've seen on my computer.

I don't really think you need the data transfer if you're only going to put like the OS and drivers on the SSD.

I have a little more than 30GBs of space left on mine, and I have the 64GB version.

As long as it's the full version of Windows, they shouldn't get mad. They might ask why, but you can just tell them you upgrade often. They really can't complain seeing as how you did buy their product.

Best of luck, dyuuude.
 
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SSDs with transfer kit, no not necessary by any means.

I get the impression that 128GB SSDs are the most popular size. As they are about $1-$2 per gig. While higher and lower drives can be $1.5-$2.5. I personally would recommend getting a 128GB drive, but that's my personal experience because right now my boot drive is 70 gigs (no ssd in sig rig yet...) and it's annoying to actually have to worry about it sometimes. I'd rather just have a 128 and be able to install most things on there comfortably and keep all data files on the bigger hdds.

They are a big improvement over the raptor drives... unless you raid some raptors, a lot of raptors actually.

For the Windows 7 bit... I would get in contact with Microsoft first before you uninstall/change HDDs. If you're already on their shady list, no need to get any shadier imo. Just call 'em up and be like yo dawgs I got an SSD just lettin ya know.
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its only makes sense to use the SSD for OS and apps, and yes they will load up much faster, i just added my M4 and i was amazed at the speed

just have an external or a larger inter HDD for storag like you are currently doing, so you should be fine

depending on the amount of programmes you use and their size, get an SSD accordingly, i got the smallest since i dont need a large one
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im going to be getting the corsair force 3 120gb,

i have very little installed on my computer (no games as well), and im using about 45gbs, and as soon as the school certificate is finished im throwing all my games back in and i would like to have 1-2 games on the ssd im going to buy, so that will fill up a 64gb ssd eassyyyy so ill be going for the 120gb
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SSDs with transfer kit, no not necessary by any means.

They are a big improvement over the raptor drives... unless you raid some raptors, a lot of raptors actually.

For the Windows 7 bit... I would get in contact with Microsoft first before you uninstall/change HDDs. If you're already on their shady list, no need to get any shadier imo. Just call 'em up and be like yo dawgs I got an SSD just lettin ya know.
Thanks for the info.... and I am definitely not on the shady list... lol just know from having a issue way back when Vista came out that they did not want to allow me to reregister vista when there was a problem and I reformatted... though calling ahead might be a good thing too...


Just placed the order for the 128 gig... now to wait for it to be delivered...
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Awesome congrats dude. You'll love it
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Everybody loves M4s
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err..2-3 in raid 0 would Oooo..sooo much make computing more fun!(they could be the 64 giggers,even)..matter of fact i believe that's my next path of upgrade
 
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Have fun with that. There's a reason why people don't raid ssds very often (hint. trim)
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