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  • Jetset_UK 27 Mar 2011 23:20:33 3,560 posts
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    Thinking about making the plunge soon. Think I'll be getting a new case as well, Fractal Design XL I think.

    Anyone have any 'going SSD' mega-advice?
  • SuperBas 28 Mar 2011 08:37:55 1,450 posts
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    Install anything that doesn't require the speedboost to the HDD, saves you the hassle of backing up at the next reinstall.
  • Ravenger 28 Mar 2011 11:05:27 190 posts
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    mikew1985 wrote:
    Is there a pain free way to transfer my existing windows install or just cut my losses and go fresh?

    I used Paragon SSD to HDD. You can get a free licence via their German site.

    Otherwise you can use something like Acronis Partition Manager free edition. Do a backup of your system partition and then a restore to the SSD - it's important you use backup and not clone to ensure the data is aligned properly.
  • Dirtbox 28 Mar 2011 11:07:14 77,467 posts
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    Ravenger wrote:
    mikew1985 wrote:
    Is there a pain free way to transfer my existing windows install or just cut my losses and go fresh?

    I used Paragon SSD to HDD. You can get a free licence via their German site.

    Otherwise you can use something like Acronis Partition Manager free edition. Do a backup of your system partition and then a restore to the SSD - it's important you use backup and not clone to ensure the data is aligned properly.
    That's an awesome tip, thanks!

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  • Jetset_UK 29 Mar 2011 14:35:23 3,560 posts
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    Well, looks like I'm gonna be off work for a week, after doing my knee in. So thought I may as well take the time and get myself a SSD.

    The Crucial C300 seem like a good shout, although my mobo is only SATA2. Will probably go for the 120gb version. Any thoughts before I hit the 'buy' button?
  • mikew1985 29 Mar 2011 14:53:14 12,589 posts
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    Looks good, ugggh I need moar cash.
    The combined elements of cost and the hassle* of a new Windows install are hindering my purchase here.

    /envy

    * it seems like hassle, in practicality it's usually straighforward
  • Tricky 29 Mar 2011 16:47:26 4,361 posts
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    I thought the Vertex 2 was considered the better option than the Crucial?
  • WoodenSpoon 5 Apr 2011 02:37:04 12,275 posts
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    I'm going to be installing Windows 7 on an SSD.

    For simplicity's sake I'm hoping to just plug the SSD in, stick the Windows CD in, format the old HDD and install Windows from scratch on the SSD.

    I'm sure this is a stupid question but Windows isn't going to throw any curve balls at me is it? Maybe by taking issue with the fact that it's already been installed on the old HDD, or something?
  • Dirtbox 5 Apr 2011 02:38:13 77,467 posts
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    Not unless you have some weird RAID array set up, no.

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  • WoodenSpoon 5 Apr 2011 02:40:36 12,275 posts
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    Cool thanks.
  • Ravenger 5 Apr 2011 12:42:59 190 posts
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    Just make sure that AHCI mode is set in the bios.
  • DodgyPast 5 Apr 2011 14:06:48 8,414 posts
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    Tricky wrote:
    I thought the Vertex 2 was considered the better option than the Crucial?
    Vertex 2 has more variable performance across differing benchmarks whereas the Crucial does well in all of them.

    I went for the crucial based on that and been very happy with it.
  • pauleyc 11 Apr 2011 10:42:46 4,444 posts
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    I went for a Vertex 2 120GB drive. Installed it on Friday along with a fresh version of Windows 7.

    The boot time is ridiculous. About 35 seconds from power on to full desktop without any "busy" cursor - especially impressive since ca. 18 seconds are taken up by the BIOS and AHCI start-up (I blame my 2-year old mobo). Shutdown is also fast, 3-5 seconds.
  • bitch_tits_zero_nine 22 Jun 2012 11:18:31 6,654 posts
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    Fucking hell, is this a misprint:

    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/120gb-sandisk-ultra-25-solid-state-drive-sata-ii-3gb-s-read-280mb-s-write-270mb-s

    60, it's like 70 odd cheaper than the other makes.

    Edited by bitch_tits_zero_nine at 11:19:25 22-06-2012
  • Rusty_M 22 Jun 2012 12:12:31 4,579 posts
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    I've seen loads of 120 GB SSDs for 70-80 on Scan, Aria and Ebuyer so that could easily be real

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  • Whizzo 22 Jun 2012 12:37:49 43,033 posts
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    SSD prices have fallen off a cliff, if you're paying much more than 70 quid for a good spec 128gig drive you've been done.

    256 gig drives are around 140-150.

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  • Rusty_M 22 Jun 2012 12:46:59 4,579 posts
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    Very tempted to get a good 240 ish gig SSD soon.

    Crucial M4 is meant to be good and I think I saw that on a daily deal recently for £140. Any other suggestions as to which makes/models are good or bad?

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  • Whizzo 22 Jun 2012 13:10:42 43,033 posts
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    You can't really go wrong with a Crucial drive, the Samsungs are supposed to be pretty good as well though.

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  • bitch_tits_zero_nine 22 Jun 2012 13:16:28 6,654 posts
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    When I bought mine, admittedly a year or so ago, Intel was the way to go.
  • Bremenacht 22 Jun 2012 13:18:12 17,613 posts
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    A recent guide:

    http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/ssd-recommendation-review,review-32452.html

    I've been running a 128GB Crucial C300 for, umm, almost 2 years now. Steam library and most things executable installed, with only data being kept on a HDD. It's about 2/3rds full. My point here, is that you should consider whether you'll need that 240GB, or whether you could do with a smaller drive and save yourself a few . If you find the price difference doesn't mean you'll save much, go for it.

    Edited by Bremenacht at 13:18:49 22-06-2012
  • bitch_tits_zero_nine 22 Jun 2012 13:22:31 6,654 posts
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    Yeah, you use a SSD based system differently. I gave mine to my dad when I bought my laptop with 1.5tb Raid 0 7200 diskdrives.

    When the warranty runs out, or the disks fail i'd happily compromise not having all my Steam games installed, to installing as and when I play them for the benefits of ssd.

    One of the best, most dramatic upgrades you can make imo.
  • Whizzo 22 Jun 2012 13:24:34 43,033 posts
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    Steammover is a godsend for just shifting what you want onto SSD for a bit of a performance boost, works on any apps rather than just Steam stuff. All it does is take the hard work out of using junction points to move things about.

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  • bitch_tits_zero_nine 22 Jun 2012 13:26:54 6,654 posts
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    cheers
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    I just keep all my steam stuff on a standard HDD, once the initial load up is cached in the system it's all gravy.
  • Rusty_M 22 Jun 2012 13:47:08 4,579 posts
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    Might just go for a 120. Would have fewer steam games installed. I already have a 60 gb one at the moment.

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  • Dirtbox 22 Jun 2012 13:49:52 77,467 posts
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    The only performance boost you get from installing a game onto an SSD is the load times, which in a lot of cases isn't a big enough difference to bother.

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  • Rusty_M 22 Jun 2012 13:59:42 4,579 posts
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    Good point as usual DB. Shall probably go for a 120 GB. They eliminate stutter in some HDD heavy games too.

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  • Whizzo 22 Jun 2012 14:11:11 43,033 posts
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    MMOs absolutely love SSDs though, zoning is a lot quicker in most games.

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