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Help with upgrading my laptop to an SSD and to W8

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    Loulé, Algarve
    Posts : 52
    Windows 7 Home Premium x64

    Help with upgrading my laptop to an SSD and to W8


    Hi guys! First post, and I expect making alot more. Glad to be apart of the community, and I hope not to break any rule.

    First of all, here's my laptop's specs (ASUS N53Jq-SX145V):

    • Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
    • CPU: Intel i7 740QM (1.73GHz, Turbo2.93G, 6MB)
    • Memory: 6GB
    • Hard Drive: 640GB
    • Screen: 15.6" LED 1366*768
    • Chipset: Intel HM55
    • Video: NVidia GT425M 1GB VRAM

    Anyway, I recently upgraded my laptop's RAM to 8GB so that I could operate better with heavy software like Vegas Pro, CorelDRAW, Illustrator and Photoshop. But recently I just heard that the best upgrade to a laptop would be an SSD. I've only heard of SSD's existence a few months ago, and since then i've been researching about them and everyone says they're so much faster, efficient, reliable and...well, better. So I can't wait to upgrade =D

    After alot of research, i've decided to go for Samsung 256GB 2.5-inch SSD 840 Pro since I love Samsung and many reviews said it's one of the best on the market. But I want to ground myself before I do this, i'm a noob when it comes to upgrading laptops so i'm still a little intimidated by it. So here's my questions:

    • First of all, how can I know if my laptop's compatible with SSD's? (and with 840 Pro too)
    • I've heard that SSD's lifespan decreases the more writes it does. Should I be worried about this?
    • Do SSD's require defragmentation at all?
    • I wanted to put Windows 8 in my SSD, but I keep hearing 7 is better for it. Is the difference that huge, or is 8 better after all?
    • I've heard it's possible to revome the DVD Burner form a laptop and put another SSD/HDD in it's place. So could I put my SSD in my current HDD's place, and put my old HDD on the DVD Burner's place? And if so, would the performance of the SSD make reading the HDD's files faster?

    I think that's it for now. When I actually get my very own SSD, i'll probably have alot more questions xD

    Thank you for your time.
    Last edited by Kratos Aurion; 15 Jan 2013 at 18:24.

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    Welcome to EightForums ,Kratos Aurion. It's good to have you.

    SSDs run great on just about any OS. You'll have to check your machine's documentation on what's possible and compatible. Please fill out your specs so it's easy for others to help.

    Defrag is beyond my knowledge at this point. I plan on purchasing one for my tower. I've read a long thread where some were discussing the pros and cons.

    Windows 8 is a great OS. Leaner and more efficient system. I'm sure you'll read otherwise here. I suggest to run it on a machine or dual boot for awhile to see if you like it.

    Again, welcome.
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    Loulé, Algarve
    Posts : 52
    Windows 7 Home Premium x64


    Quote Originally Posted by HippsieGypsie View Post
    Welcome to EightForums ,Kratos Aurion. It's good to have you.

    SSDs run great on just about any OS. You'll have to check your machine's documentation on what's possible and compatible. Please fill out your specs so it's easy for others to help.

    Defrag is beyond my knowledge at this point. I plan on purchasing one for my tower. I've read a long thread where some were discussing the pros and cons.

    Windows 8 is a great OS. Leaner and more efficient system. I'm sure you'll read otherwise here. I suggest to run it on a machine or dual boot for awhile to see if you like it.

    Again, welcome.
    Thank you for the reply

    I've added the specs to the main post, shouldn't have just left a link for them. Sorry for that.

    And i'm familiar with 8 already, just not as familiar with 7. I've installed on an older laptop I have, and it runs phenomenally. That's the reason I want to put 8 on my laptop so bad, but i've read that 7 was better for SSD's. I doubted that, that's why I came and asked for insight on this.

    Thank you for your time.
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    Good advice here from HippsieGypsie. SSD's do not need defrag, so don't setup scheduled defrag for the drive. I would replace the existing hard drive with the SSD and put the old HD in an external enclosure and use it to store data/image files, etc... I have run both Win8 and Win7 on SSD's and they both provide a noticeable improvement over hard drives. SSD's run cooler and are silent, which is great! Welcome aboard here!!
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    Loulé, Algarve
    Posts : 52
    Windows 7 Home Premium x64


    Quote Originally Posted by azasadny View Post
    Good advice here from HippsieGypsie. SSD's do not need defrag, so don't setup scheduled defrag for the drive. I would replace the existing hard drive with the SSD and put the old HD in an external enclosure and use it to store data/image files, etc... I have run both Win8 and Win7 on SSD's and they both provide a noticeable improvement over hard drives. SSD's run cooler and are silent, which is great!
    Thanks for the reply

    Since i'm a guy who likes to keep up with technology and stuff, I think i'm gonna go for 8 :P

    This article says that W8's scheduled defrag for SSD's isn't really defrag, but sending trim hints for the disk =0 This is some amazing shiz from Microsoft, has anyone else proved or tested this? If it is true, I won't disable it.

    Can anyone tell me if my laptop is compatible with the SSD i'm planning to get? Please help me on this...
    Quote Originally Posted by azasadny View Post
    Welcome aboard here!!
    Thank you so much =D
    Last edited by Kratos Aurion; 15 Jan 2013 at 18:25.
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    The article was referring to Win8 when they mentioned the "special" defrag, so I wonder if Win7 does the same thing? Thanks for the info!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kratos Aurion View Post
    Thanks for the reply

    Since i'm a guy who likes to keep up with technology and stuff, I think i'm gonna go for 8 :P

    This article says that W8's scheduled defrag for SSD's isn't really defrag, but sending trim hints for the disk =0 This is some amazing shiz from Microsoft, has anyone else proved or tested this? If it is true, I won't disable it.

    Can anyone tell me if my laptop is compatible with the SSD i'm planning to get? Please help me on this...
    Thanks for the article and info on SSDs, defrag, and trim hints. I'm glad to read that you are attempting to try 8.

    I'm sorry, but I'm not that technically advanced to know whether or not your planned SSD is compatible with your laptop. Perhaps you could contact Asus to find out? Some other member may answer to your request as well.

    Good luck to you with your project.
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    Posts : 146
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    Quote Originally Posted by azasadny View Post
    The article was referring to Win8 when they mentioned the "special" defrag, so I wonder if Win7 does the same thing? Thanks for the info!!
    Windows 7 & 8 both recognize SSD's and use the "trim" function. In Windows 8 it's called "optimize" (under "Drive Tools")
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    One consideration: Your notebook can use 9.5mm thick drives. The Samsung 840 is a 7mm thick drive. Depending oh how the drive is mounted, there may be an issue with that.
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    So, i have disabled defrag on my SSD... according to what I'm seeing here, I should enable defrag on the SSD to get the TRIM "optimization"? Correct? Thanks and sorry to hijack the thread!
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