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Ok I was thinkin of getting maybe a 64GB SSD to use as a boot drive, what else would I use it for other than a boot drive for windows? I know it wouldnt have any performance boost if I were to put movies or music on there.. so Idk
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My computer takes 28 seconds to reboot from Windows when I choose Restart.

On top of that, everything loads almost instantly. Even my 150GB VelociRaptor feels noticeably sluggish for everything in comparison. Everything from the Windows Calculator to Microsoft Outlook 2003 opens much quicker on a fresh boot (meaning, the first time, not after they've been opened once or twice after booting).

So it's all about a boost in speed for all of the times the drive gets accessed for both reading and writing.
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I don't really care about boot time (except when I have to restart over and over OCing, but even then it's not that big a deal for me), but I will say that access time is the biggest advantage in my opinion.

When you run your OS you typically think of it as some static operation, when it's really constantly reading / writing tons of little files as you go about your business, calling up drivers or system tools or what have you. This is all purely a mechanic of the OS as well, so combining it with any app or program you choose to put on the SSD as well makes for remarkable snappy feeling.

People underestimate the power of low access times, HDDs have been fightin to reduce them, from 20ms to 18ms to 15ms to 13ms and so on for years. People short stroke their huge TB HDDs down to 100GB in an effort to get down to 8ms or so. SSD gives you ~.1ms access times. Instead of an increase of 15-20% you're looking at > 5000%. There are no other computer components that you can currently get such huge gains from other than SSD vs HD.

As I like to say, I'm no longer waitin for my computer, it's waiting for me, and that's the way it should be.
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Ok I was thinkin of getting maybe a 64GB SSD to use as a boot drive, what else would I use it for other than a boot drive for windows? I know it wouldnt have any performance boost if I were to put movies or music on there.. so Idk
I got one for a boot drive and also put my Microsoft Office suite on there. In general everything is much snappier. I think it's worth the price of upgrade. Just make sure you get a full version of your OS of choice because reinstalling/ formatting yearly keeps your SSD running nice and quick.
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If you can pick up the Intel X25-V 40GB, it's fairly priced, fast, and sufficient as a dedicated boot drive. I was able to pick mine up for about $70.
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I don't really care about boot time (except when I have to restart over and over OCing, but even then it's not that big a deal for me), but I will say that access time is the biggest advantage in my opinion.

When you run your OS you typically think of it as some static operation, when it's really constantly reading / writing tons of little files as you go about your business, calling up drivers or system tools or what have you. This is all purely a mechanic of the OS as well, so combining it with any app or program you choose to put on the SSD as well makes for remarkable snappy feeling.

People underestimate the power of low access times, HDDs have been fightin to reduce them, from 20ms to 18ms to 15ms to 13ms and so on for years. People short stroke their huge TB HDDs down to 100GB in an effort to get down to 8ms or so. SSD gives you ~.1ms access times. Instead of an increase of 15-20% you're looking at > 5000%. There are no other computer components that you can currently get such huge gains from other than SSD vs HD.

As I like to say, I'm no longer waitin for my computer, it's waiting for me, and that's the way it should be.
This!

Speaking of those access times, there's something that is commonly misunderstood: even though an access time of 10-20ms sounds fast, it adds up in a hurry! So it's never just one access per time, per file, per program, etc. It's several which is why it adds up in a hurry. I don't know how many accesses we're talking about when opening a file or something, but I know that it's more than 1.

I'll pretend that I know what I'm talking about and say that opening Microsoft Outlook results in 50 accesses or seeks: well, 50 multiplied by an access/seek time of 20ms is 1000ms, which is 1 whole second. But when talking about the access times of a good solid state drive (like 1ms), that's 50ms. 50 milliseconds is 5% of 1 whole second.

Even for a drive with 10ms access/seek time, Outlook would still take 500ms, and 50ms is still 10% of that time.
Edited by TwoCables - 3/12/11 at 2:56pm
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I bought an SSD for my notebook and it blew me away. I only have an Intel 120GB and it holds my OS and a few games. It's amazing. Boot times and shutdown times are unbelievably fast. Now I have an itch to get small SSD boot drives for my desktops.

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I have an 80GB that is my OS drive and a few games and it is amazing. My first SSD and def won't be my last.
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I put an SSD in my home server to boot:
1) The server OS itself
2) My main desktop (sig) OS as network boot
3) Another server/appliance box OS as network boot

It handles it like a champ! 3 OSes running simultaneously and still feels snappy. I used to do this on separate mechanical drives and a USB stick for the server OS but the single SSD feels faster. I might try a 4th OS on it too.

Using the Intel X25-V 40GB model.
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I put an SSD in my home server to boot:
1) The server OS itself
2) My main desktop (sig) OS as network boot
3) Another server/appliance box OS as network boot

It handles it like a champ! 3 OSes running simultaneously and still feels snappy. I used to do this on separate mechanical drives and a USB stick for the server OS but the single SSD feels faster. I might try a 4th OS on it too.

Using the Intel X25-V 40GB model.
Lol, I'm running 4 XP virtual machines from a Kingston SSDNow 40GB (basically rebranded X25-V w/o TRIM) without any noticeable slow downs. I could even start the virtual machines at the same time and start-up/shutdown times are still shorter than start-up/shutdown time on a single virtual machine running from a mechanical drive.
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