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  • androidave 14 Oct 2010 02:12:23 102 posts
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    Just finished installing my 80GB SSD and renstalling windows / apps and updating everything.

    I have an i7 740QM, 4GB ram, my boot times on a 5400rpm drive were around 40-45 seconds, Installed the SSD and it was 13 seconds from power on to desktop :D Best upgrade you can buy IMO and any system with a similar spec is wasted without one, it literally runs everything 3 or 4 times faster. Photoshop CS5 loads up in 2 seconds :)
  • Deleted user 15 October 2010 19:00:21
    Whizzo wrote:
    Andytizer wrote:There is also this new program called Paragon Migrate OS which allows you to move OS folders to and from drives without reinstalling. Article on Lifehacker: here.
    Now that looks handy, I won a 64Gb Crucial SSD at a recent LAN party and can't be arsed to do another OS reinstall so was just using it for STO (where the zoning time has dropped like a rock) and the odd game. I shall investigate this and see how well it works.
    Bear in mind that the W7 install will detect an SSD and adjust settings for it. You'll need to do them manually if you clone your current installation.
  • THFourteen 20 Oct 2010 15:40:59 47,587 posts
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    wooo my SSD arrived \o/

    btw anyone with one of the OCZ Vertex 2 models, can you upgrade the drive firmware AFTER installing Windows 7?

    simple reason being i have a RAID array of 2x160gb normal drives that i want to disconnect and bin before i can use the new one, as i dont have enough power or SATA ports
  • THFourteen 21 Oct 2010 08:39:13 47,587 posts
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    In answer to my own question, yes, you can update the firmware from windows running on the drive itself.

    But Dabs had already got drives with the latest firmware on so thats nice.

    after an evening of fannying about, i've just about recovered my itunes library O_o
  • Deleted user 13 November 2010 03:31:39
    Some more SSD analysis over at THG.

    ed: ta.
  • nickthegun 13 Nov 2010 07:57:47 73,007 posts
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  • silentbob 13 Nov 2010 19:17:02 29,491 posts
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    CrispyXUK64 wrote:

    Do want, anyone got one?
    I have a OCZ Vertex 2E in Vaio. Not quite the power saver you'd believe but my IOPs are better than any of our RAID10 servers at work - that includes an EMC SAN. ;)
  • Deleted user 17 November 2010 12:43:46
    Still waiting for inevitable price drops, but they don't seem to be happening anytime soon.
  • Deleted user 19 November 2010 12:36:03
    I've found that setting W7 power-saving mode can cause a lockup on the SSD, noticably when using Firefox. Switching back to 'balanced' makes the problem go away. I haven't looked into what setting's doing it. Anyone else had an SSD issue on W7?
  • Rusty_M 24 Nov 2010 19:50:51 6,791 posts
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    Well I probably can't afford it, but thought it looked like a good deal on Ebuyer today. So I went for the OCZ 60 GB Vertex 2E

    Hope this works well

    Now all I have to do is wait until the opportune moment to order the rest of the PC, as this has turned out to be the first component!
  • Psychotext 3 Feb 2011 18:39:05 62,705 posts
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    Quick question. I've had an X-25M 160gb sat on my desk for the last year and never got around to using it. I fancy installing it in my laptop, but is there anything I should know before doing so? I'm assuming I can just ghost my laptop hdd to it and swap them over? Anything I need to be aware of, any settings I should change once it's running?
  • Jetset_UK 5 Feb 2011 14:03:51 3,573 posts
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    So it's probably worth getting a SATA3 SSD rather than a SATA2?

    Is there a decently priced PCI card, as it would seem my mobo doesn't support SATA3, even though I have white and blue SATA connections?? (Gigabyte P55M-UD2)
  • Deleted user 4 March 2011 12:50:05
    Fucking hell!!

    These are quick aren't they? Potatoshop CS5 opens in under a second. Might have to bang this drive into my desktop, seems a bit wasted in my laptop.
  • Psychotext 4 Mar 2011 12:52:45 62,705 posts
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    mad-hacker wrote:
    It might not be that simple, you really need 4k sector alignment, if you don't already have it then I don't know if ghost will let you move to it.
    Decided against it anyway. By virtue of what my laptop gets used for (many, many, many writes) I'm not too comfortable sticking an SSD in it (and I can't fit two drives in there).
  • Deleted user 4 March 2011 12:53:36
    Take the DVD drive out.
  • Deleted user 4 March 2011 13:08:10
    Even when the write capability is dead you can still read from the drive, it's win win my man, do it!!
  • Psychotext 4 Mar 2011 13:12:12 62,705 posts
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    mad-hacker wrote:
    This is SSD myth #1. You'd have to be constantly generating random data as fast as possible to wear out an SSD before the laptop reached the end of its useful life. It would still take 10 years.

    Flash is one thing, but a proper SSD is a completely different matter. If you're really paranoid you could even leave a few GB at the end of the disk unformatted, as this increases the life exponentially.
    It would be at absolute capacity almost continuously. At I pretty much am generating random data as fast as possible, gigabytes worth of it.

    But anyway, it's academic really as there's no way I'm going through the hassle of rebuilding my machine. Too much development stuff to re-install on it to really make it worthwhile. No express card slot either, so no expansion options.
  • mikew1985 4 Mar 2011 13:19:52 14,507 posts
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    Whats the best SSD bang for buck wise at the moment.

    I think it might be time...
  • Deleted user 4 March 2011 13:29:15
    I bought a Vertex 2E 60GB for 90, but that's all the cash I could afford, go for a 90GB and have your home folder on a normal big drive.

    Right, gonna take this out of the MacBook and bung it in the Hackintosh.
  • mikew1985 4 Mar 2011 14:02:02 14,507 posts
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    Is there a pain free way to transfer my existing windows install or just cut my losses and go fresh?
  • mikew1985 4 Mar 2011 14:02:05 14,507 posts
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  • Deleted user 4 March 2011 14:08:27
    Yeah there's some built in utility I believe, never used it mind, I'm a mac gayer, sorry.
  • mikew1985 4 Mar 2011 14:38:02 14,507 posts
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    Damn mac gayers.
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