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So I've finally decided to go to SSD, and here are some questions I have before I click the buy button.

Usage:
I will be using the SSD as a boot drive primarily, but I will also install some games and programs that I use often on it.

Windows 7 64bit
Starcraft II
Mass Effect II
Bad Company 2
Photoshop
Web browsers

Question:
Do I need high write speed for the programs that I will be installing? Basically, C300 or Vertex 2?

Size:
I always say bigger the better but if 64gb is plenty for what I need, then I'd rather pocket the dough instead of shelling out more cash for a 120gb.

Question:
Based on what I want to install above, what's the least amount of storage space that I would need?

Backup:
Currently I have everything on a 2x 1tb Spinpoint F3, with no partitions on either drive.

Question:
After I do a fresh Windows install on the SSD, can I just plug the two HDDs I have back into the computer and launch my programs from them? Or will I have to backup my data first on an external HDD, and then reformat the two Spinpoints?

Installation:
I figured this is pretty standard fair, but just in case, anything I would want to know?

Off Topic:
I have a spare 40gb Intel G2 SSD that I want to use to upgrade my parents' computer, but they have Windows XP.

Question:
Can I install Windows 7 on the SSD, and plug in the old HDD with Windows XP?
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Originally Posted by ebolamonkey3 View Post
So I've finally decided to go to SSD, and here are some questions I have before I click the buy button.

Usage:
I will be using the SSD as a boot drive primarily, but I will also install some games and programs that I use often on it.

Windows 7 64bit
Starcraft II
Mass Effect II
Bad Company 2
Photoshop
Web browsers

Question:
Do I need high write speed for the programs that I will be installing? Basically, C300 or Vertex 2?

Size:
I always say bigger the better but if 64gb is plenty for what I need, then I'd rather pocket the dough instead of shelling out more cash for a 120gb.

Question:
Based on what I want to install above, what's the least amount of storage space that I would need?

Backup:
Currently I have everything on a 2x 1tb Spinpoint F3, with no partitions on either drive.

Question:
After I do a fresh Windows install on the SSD, can I just plug the two HDDs I have back into the computer and launch my programs from them? Or will I have to backup my data first on an external HDD, and then reformat the two Spinpoints?

Installation:
I figured this is pretty standard fair, but just in case, anything I would want to know?

Off Topic:
I have a spare 40gb Intel G2 SSD that I want to use to upgrade my parents' computer, but they have Windows XP.

Question:
Can I install Windows 7 on the SSD, and plug in the old HDD with Windows XP?

Size: I think 64 may be okay.. for now, but will be cutting it close in the near future. Windows 7 ultimate 64 is ~14 gigs, SC2 alone is currently ~13, PS I'm not too sure about but also remember the more free space = better performance as well too.

Spinpoints: You might be able to just plug them in and run your old programs off them, running W7 off the SDD, but you could run into some errors. If you have the time I'd remove all the programs, (you can keep your media), and re-install to prevent registry/directory errors.

XP: You can do that, install W7 on the SSD, direct the boot to come from it not the HDD, and use the old SSD, but note what I said above; there can still be errors, and it wont be running efficient with an old XP installation just sitting there.
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post #3 of 9
I am not a ssd person but I can answer one thing. you can use a drive with windows installed on it as a storage drive. I took a drive with windows installed and everything saved on the windows install and plugged it into another comp and could access all my files thru explorer
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Thanks for the help guys!

Now, should I get the Crucial C300 or the Vertex 2? Is write speed important for a boot drive or for games?
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post #5 of 9
if I remember correctly vertex is the top of the line drives atm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ckybam3 View Post
if I remember correctly vertex is the top of the line drives atm
I think you mean vertex/agility 2? Not the originals
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post #7 of 9
well he posted vertex 2 I was thinking vertex 2 when I typed it just forgot the number is all
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post #8 of 9
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Ok more questions, didn't want to open a new thread.

So once I do a fresh install of the OS on the boot drive, it'll have a set of default folders on it (like program files for example). How does that sync up with the folders I'll already have on my current HDD drives?

Also, regarding to a fresh windows install. I cloned my old hard drive to put into another computer, so MS invalidated the windows on both PC (b/c they're the same) and I've been too lazy to call them to set things straight. I bought a new copy of windows for install on the SSD. Would I get my windows disabled if I used the old HDDs along with the new SSD boot drive?
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post #9 of 9

Agility 2 and vertex 2 also come in 90Gb size and its $160 shipped from the link below, imo its a golden middle.

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