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Hi all,

Hope everyone is well!!

Wanted to pick a few brain cells!!

Ok thinking about an ssd so have a few questions?

1. I understand that there is a massive speed improvement, is it worth it?

2. I have Windows 7 on my 1Tb hdd at present, can I just install the ssd, install my copy of windows 7 to that and access my games etc off the hdd?

3. Been led to believe that if I do the above I would need a 2nd copy of windows? True?

4. My budget judging by what I have looked at, will limit me to a 128gb ssd, I have about 250gb of data at present, some of which is expendable. What software do you think should be run from the ssd and which can be left to hdd? Will there be a decent improvement in game performance?

5. Are they easy to fit and set up? Similar to a normal hdd? If I go ahead I'd probably wipe my hdd, install the ssd and start from scratch. Obviously backing up essential stuff...

6. Which ssd would you recommend? I have to looked at this http://www.cclonline.com/product/110769/PX-128M5P/Solid-State-Drives-SSDs-/Plextor-PX-128M5P-2-5-inch-128GB/HDD1892/

Thanks in advance people

Kind regards

Andy
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Hi all,

Hope everyone is well!!

Wanted to pick a few brain cells!!

Ok thinking about an ssd so have a few questions?

1. I understand that there is a massive speed improvement, is it worth it?
for me and 99% of my clients biggrin.gif
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2. I have Windows 7 on my 1Tb hdd at present, can I just install the ssd, install my copy of windows 7 to that
Yeah
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and access my games etc off the hdd?
steam and origin is fine. You will have to reinstall any programs and games that arent steam/origin/portable.
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3. Been led to believe that if I do the above I would need a 2nd copy of windows? True?
Nope
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4. My budget judging by what I have looked at, will limit me to a 128gb ssd, I have about 250gb of data at present, some of which is expendable. What software do you think should be run from the ssd and which can be left to hdd? Will there be a decent improvement in game performance?
OS and programs all on the SSD....
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5. Are they easy to fit and set up? Similar to a normal hdd? If I go ahead I'd probably wipe my hdd, install the ssd and start from scratch. Obviously backing up essential stuff...
just like any other drive...i have a install guide for windows in my sig

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6. Which ssd would you recommend? I have to looked at this http://www.cclonline.com/product/110769/PX-128M5P/Solid-State-Drives-SSDs-/Plextor-PX-128M5P-2-5-inch-128GB/HDD1892/

Thanks in advance people

Kind regards
thats good, just a little expensive.
Andy
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Hi all,

Hope everyone is well!!

Wanted to pick a few brain cells!!

Ok thinking about an ssd so have a few questions?

1. I understand that there is a massive speed improvement, is it worth it?

2. I have Windows 7 on my 1Tb hdd at present, can I just install the ssd, install my copy of windows 7 to that and access my games etc off the hdd?

3. Been led to believe that if I do the above I would need a 2nd copy of windows? True?

4. My budget judging by what I have looked at, will limit me to a 128gb ssd, I have about 250gb of data at present, some of which is expendable. What software do you think should be run from the ssd and which can be left to hdd? Will there be a decent improvement in game performance?

5. Are they easy to fit and set up? Similar to a normal hdd? If I go ahead I'd probably wipe my hdd, install the ssd and start from scratch. Obviously backing up essential stuff...

6. Which ssd would you recommend? I have to looked at this http://www.cclonline.com/product/110769/PX-128M5P/Solid-State-Drives-SSDs-/Plextor-PX-128M5P-2-5-inch-128GB/HDD1892/

Thanks in advance people

Kind regards

Andy


1. The performance improvement will come in the form of faster boot and faster launching of programs. Generally, you could say that your system will feel a bit snappier. These days, with the prices of SSDs, it's very much worth the move, IMO.

2. You'll want to reinstall Windows on the SSD. With that it won't be as simple as accessing the programs on your HDD as some programs rely on settings in the registry to be present and things like that. TBH, I'd plan for a reinstall if you can commit the time.

3. No need for a new copy of Windows 7. You are well within your rights to reinstall it as it will be on the same machine.

4. Get the OS on the SSD (duh!) and as many programs as you can. Most of the day-to-day things (browsers, e-mail software, etc...) will fit no problem. The big stuff like games for example, you might want to consider moving to the HDD. If you use steam, it's quite handy as it takes care of this when you install a game - you'll be given the choice of which drive you want the game to be stored on.

5. Not much different than a regular HDD. Off the top of my head the only major difference I can think of is you'll have to remember to set the SATA port to AHCI to get the most out of the SSD (i.e. TRIM support and things like that).

6. I'm not totally up to speed on the latest SSDs as I haven't needed to buy one in a long time, so I'll let some of the gurus point you in the right direction.

I hope this helps! smile.gif
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1. Upgrading to SSD is absolutely worth it. I personally believe that it is one of the best (if not the best) upgrade that a user can perform. You are removing one of the greatest sources of latency (the hard drive) when you go SSD. No moving parts = big increase in speed and read/write performance

4. OS and applications. Game loading times will see improvement.
Leave media (music, video, pictures) on your hard drive.
Games with open worlds like Skyrim and Fallout 3/FNV will see even more improvement as they load textures and data on-the-fly as you explore.

5. Physical installation depends. If you are installing a SSD on a laptop, you might be required to use a 7mm height drive instead of the standard 9mm. If you install a SSD on a desktop you might need a 3.5" adapter bracket. Otherwise, physical installation of a SSD is fairly straightforward.

Configuration is the fun part. You need to set the drive to AHCI mode in your BIOS/UEFI. Make sure that TRIM is enabled. Also, be sure to install Intel (if you are using an Intel processor) RST drivers. Those are the three major things to do.
You will also want to disable defrag (on Win 7 ONLY), disable drive indexing, disable hibernate (if you don't use it) and turn off the page file.

6. Plextor is good. The M5 Pro offers good performance and a great warranty (5 yr). It is a reliable high end drive from a reputable brand. The price is very high.

You can save some money (only 3 yr warranty) by getting this drive:

120 GB Samsung 840 EVO
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Samsung-120GB-Basic-Solid-State/dp/B00E391KA8/
    
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No real need to do anything with pagefile, hibernate, or drive indexing. If you need more gb's you can turn off hibernate.

Trim is automatically enabled.
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WAY faster than a mechanical.
If I;m not mistaken certain ssds come with data migration software, or used to. But what you could do is use your W7 disk and a flash drive to make a bootable usb dongle and install a clean version of Windows in no time. Yes you can play the games off your HDD
Nope
In North America For about 50% more you double the storage, so I would suggest if you can hold out a bit to do so and reap the rewards. I would keep the games you use the most on the SSD and everything else on the HDD. Like if there's one game you always play put it on the SSD, and anything you go in and out of rndomly just leave on the HDD
You may need a 2.5 to 3.5 adapter to attach the ssd into your case, not familiar with that particular model. Or just use some zipties, 2-sided tape or stuff it in somewhere.
I agree that that's expensiv esince for the same price you can get into a 250gb OCZ HERE
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Thanks people,

Really appreciate you taking the time to reply...

Very grateful

Andy
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