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Are SSDs the new RAM for boosting system performance?

  1. #81


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    Windows 8.1 x64


    I'll stick to my HDD thank you very much. Cold boot to start 2 seconds and all the programs I use load instantly, so why would I waste my money on an SSD when I get the same performance and higher storage space out of a HDD?

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  2. #82


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    Windows 8 Pro


    No drive is reliable. You will always need some form of backup. I learned the hard way. When my kids were small and I switched from a film camera to digital, I lost about 3 years or so of pictures when my hard drive crashed. I always planned on getting another drive for backup but never got around to it. I now buy another backup drive every two years no matter what. I actually have two drives for back up so I have my data in 3 places. I feel the odds of all 3 going bad at once is small other than the house burning down. Im looking into online backup also for $5 a month for unlimited space.
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  3. #83


    Posts : 162
    Windows 8 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by LovingWindows View Post
    I'll stick to my HDD thank you very much. Cold boot to start 2 seconds and all the programs I use load instantly, so why would I waste my money on an SSD when I get the same performance and higher storage space out of a HDD?
    What PC do you have that boots in 2 seconds from a spinner hard drive?
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  4. #84


    Posts : 1,127
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    @Ray8... I read in another thread the guy did a secure erase and it improved his performance a lot. he said his performance was lousy for an SSD before he did the secure erase. maybe you can try that.

    I'm not giving up on improving your SSD performance. we'll figure out what's wrong with your system.
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  5. #85


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    Windows Phone 6, Windows CE 5, Windows Vista x32, Windows 7 x32/x64, Windows 8 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by dirtyvu View Post
    @Ray8... I read in another thread the guy did a secure erase and it improved his performance a lot. he said his performance was lousy for an SSD before he did the secure erase. maybe you can try that.

    I'm not giving up on improving your SSD performance. we'll figure out what's wrong with your system.
    I'm not sure there's a lot to gain. When I got the SSD, it was fully formattted and then I copied an image of the HDD on to the SSD, so that I didn't have to load all my programs etc on to the SSD. I bought the SSD so that I could explore its features vs that of a HDD. I calculated that I didn't need the 320GB that the HDD had, so went for a smaller 128GB SSD that was equally priced.

    The SSD isn't slow, but it's not blisteringly fast, but for a relatively low power system, it's not bad. When I had the HDD, I was also using Ready Boost and that's supposed to give HDDs a bit of an edge, a bit like having a cache drive. Now reading about SSDs, all the speed comparisons are done with ones that are at least 256GB, as there seems to be a fair leap in performance when you go to the larger drives.

    When I do a performance test using SSD Magician, this is what I get:

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  6. #86


    Posts : 1,127
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    in the last msg I wrote, I said not to just pull your HDD image to the SSD and you said you didn't and that you installed fresh. so what is it?
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  7. #87


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    Windows Phone 6, Windows CE 5, Windows Vista x32, Windows 7 x32/x64, Windows 8 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by dirtyvu View Post
    in the last msg I wrote, I said not to just pull your HDD image to the SSD and you said you didn't and that you installed fresh. so what is it?
    There must have been some mixed messages here, as I did an image copy of the HDD to the SSD.
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  8. #88


    Tropical Island Pair a Dice
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    Windows 8.1 Pro x64/ Windows 7 Ult x64


    This usually results in bad alignment which will kill performance.

    Download AS SSD, don't run the benchmark, as we know it's bad, in the upper left corner it will give some details. Post a snip here.
    Brand
    Firmware version
    Controller driver
    Alignment, red font mean bad alignment
    Usable size

    Example:
    Bad
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    Good
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  9. #89


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    Windows Phone 6, Windows CE 5, Windows Vista x32, Windows 7 x32/x64, Windows 8 x64


    I've updated the charts to include the AS SSD results.
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  10. #90


    Hafnarfjörður IS
    Posts : 4,376
    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    Hi there
    how do I download the utility -- everything just takes you round in circles -- I can't get to an actual LINK to a download -- unless it's the DONATE link.

    If that's the only proper link then it's NOT FREEWARE.

    The article says FREEWARE -- so anybody got a link to the actual DOWNLOAD for the utility.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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