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post #1 of 9
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So im branching out and buying my first SSD today, going to put a fresh copy of Win7 on it (im gonna check the optimization stickies)

Is there anything special I need to know though? I planned on getting a 120gb Intel 310, i am aiming for reliability over performance, is the Intel a good buy?
(also I noticed there are intel 5xx series, but they don't have the intel controller, and are like 34nm compared to 22 or something. Should I jsut stick with the 310 series.?) Dunno why Intel would choose to use a diff. companies controller....

also......is it very difficult putting win7 on it compared to a Normal HD.

Thanks biggrin.gif
Edited by Mercfh - 11/10/11 at 9:17am
post #2 of 9
Not really anything too special you need to know..letz see..don't defrag a SSD is probably about the only important thing.(lol) Also might look up Corsair M4, one of the most popular SSD's out there.(let the +1's begin biggrin.gif )
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Would you consider the Intels to be more or less reliable than the corsair ones?
Also.....whats the lifespan of SSD's compared to a normal HD?
Edited by Mercfh - 11/10/11 at 9:28am
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Well SSD's probably have less of a lifetime than a normal HD, although, you will certainly get rid of it to upgrade before that happens. They pretty much degrade as you use them..if you use them less..then they will last longer.(i know some are like rated for 150,000 transfers for somethin...i read an article..it take a few years just to get to that lol) They are getting more reliable as new designs are made. Intel's are based on Sandforce, which some do not prefer as it has recently had issues, which is why Corsair made their own controller to get away from the issues that alot of other SSD's have had. Although I believe most of the issues have been fixed.
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I only started really looking into them today and I'm definetly getting 1 next month, they are fast

1 useful thing I read was someone said there are tips for tweeking the way they get used, like having the browser or win7 send internet cache to the HDD instead of the SSD, I just read that in a review, something I must research to be ready
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You should read my thread lol wink.gif

Basically like the other users said no defrag and make sure trim is enabled and you are good. smile.gif

If you really want to learn a ton of tips for the OS and SSD follow my guide here:

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Ya I made sure TRIM is on, (did the Windows CMD prompt thingy, it should be on by default right?)

the SSD drive is the only one in my system is right now, is that ok (I store music/movies on an external)?
The thing that worried me is like everyones telling me not to use certain programs like Rainmeter and such because of the amount it writes to a hard drive and such......So im kinda worried about the life of my drive.

And as the life of the drive goes down.....does it like lose space or what?
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Ya I made sure TRIM is on, (did the Windows CMD prompt thingy, it should be on by default right?)

the SSD drive is the only one in my system is right now, is that ok (I store music/movies on an external)?
The thing that worried me is like everyones telling me not to use certain programs like Rainmeter and such because of the amount it writes to a hard drive and such......So im kinda worried about the life of my drive.

And as the life of the drive goes down.....does it like lose space or what?

Yep TRIM should be on by default, as for rain meter I have no idea, I never use it lol

Life of the drive though will be 5-10+ years lol your good thumb.gif

You will notice a slow down in speeds I think when it starts to go, then it will probably not boot.
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Don't defrag SSD?? ninja.gif

*uninstalls Defrag screen saver*
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