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Old 09-27-2018, 07:29 PM
 
Location: Phoenix
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Easy to do, helps a lot.

If you have a CD/DVD drive you don't use, buy an adapter and put the SSD there. Voila. Two hard drives. You can install a different operating system on each. SSDs are not magic, but noticeably faster than spinning drives. I've done SSD upgrades a number of times on laptops and desktops. I have old laptops (i5) and very old desktops (phenom ii x4). With SSDs they work great. Snappy for all normal stuff. Just a few seconds, literally, to boot Linux on i5 and SSD. Streams HD, cruises web, etc. fast.
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Old 10-29-2018, 12:52 AM
 
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Good idea, for added speed, yes I am satisfied.

Prices have come down quite a bit.
Good Idea
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Old 11-01-2018, 10:34 AM
 
Location: Arizona, The American Southwest
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Have any of you upgraded a laptop with a SSD?
I have an HP laptop that I bought 8 years ago with Windows 7 Home. I've done the SSD upgrade, replaced the OS with Windows 10 Pro on the SSD, and erased/reformatted the 500 GB drive to store all my files.

Good idea or bad idea?
It depends on the device, if it has the 32-bit architecture and it came with Windows XP I wouldn't bother installing a SSD.

Why did you?
The OS installed on the SSD will speed up the device significantly, plus Windows 7 is getting old, I wanted to try out Windows 10, also Microsoft will stop the support for Windows 7 in January of 2020.

Were you satisfied?
Yes, not only did I upgrade the HP laptop with the SSD, I upgraded my 6-year old HP Intel i7 desktop computer, which had Windows 7 ultimate, with the SSD and Windows 10 Pro.
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Old 11-01-2018, 11:57 AM
 
Location: God's Gift to Mankind for flying anything
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Were you satisfied?
Yes, not only did I upgrade the HP laptop with the SSD, I upgraded my 6-year old HP Intel i7 desktop computer, which had Windows 7 ultimate, with the SSD and Windows 10 Pro.
Does anybody have a favoured brand of SSD drives?

I am thinking of adding an SSD drive (250Gb) just for the OS and the programmes on my Desktop.
Then set everything up to have all my working files on the original 1Tb drive(s).

I did replace the drive on my laptop a while back and that thing became a "zipper"
Nice fast boot-up times and fast operation overall, (so it seems) but I do have a fast internet connection!
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Old 11-01-2018, 03:40 PM
 
Location: Wandering.
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Does anybody have a favoured brand of SSD drives?

I am thinking of adding an SSD drive (250Gb) just for the OS and the programmes on my Desktop.
Then set everything up to have all my working files on the original 1Tb drive(s).
I've had 3 Crucial M500 or M4 series SSDs in service since 2012 / 2013 with no problems (two as boot / OS drives and the third as storage for virtual hard drives that are used daily).

About 6 months ago I added another Crucial MX500 to my tower as the boot drive, and I've had no issues with it either.

I also wouldn't hesitate to buy any of the Samsung EVO drives (I got most of the Crucial drives on sale).
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Old 11-02-2018, 01:18 PM
 
Location: Sun City West, Arizona
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As the OP I thought I'd get back to everyone. I did upgrade to a SSD and the speed is stunning.
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Old 11-02-2018, 09:51 PM
 
Location: God's Gift to Mankind for flying anything
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I also wouldn't hesitate to buy any of the Samsung EVO drives (I got most of the Crucial drives on sale).
Thanks for the info.

There a few 500 Gb units on sale right now! (SAMSUNG 860 EVO Series 2.5" 500GB SATA III V-NAND 3-bit MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-76E500B/AM) for about 80 green ones!

I have this unit: (should be sufficient?)
Dell XPS8300
OS Windows 10 (10.0.14393.0)
.NET Runtime 4.0.30319.42000
Physical Memory 8,174 MB

CPU Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-2600 CPU @ 3.40GHz
Architecture x64 (64-bit)
Process Mode 64-bit
Speed ~3392 MHz
Cores / Threads 4 / 8
Features DEP, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSSE3, SSE4_1, SSE4_2, XSAVE

Video Card AMD Radeon HD 6800 Series
Dedicated Video RAM 1,011 MB
Dedicated System RAM 0 MB
Shared System RAM 3,840 MB
Vendor ID 0x1002
Device ID 0x6738
Subsystem ID 0x31001682
Revision 0
LUID 0x0000910D
Flags None
Outputs 1
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Old 11-05-2018, 03:23 PM
 
Location: Southwest, USA
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Does anybody have a favoured brand of SSD drives?

I am thinking of adding an SSD drive (250Gb) just for the OS and the programmes on my Desktop.
Then set everything up to have all my working files on the original 1Tb drive(s).
Favorite brand of SSD: Samsung, followed by Crucial.

If you switch an OS drive to SSD, upgrade your memory and configure your OS not to use virtual memory. The constant writes/rewrites of virtual memory will decrease the working life of your new SSD.
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Old 11-05-2018, 07:43 PM
 
Location: God's Gift to Mankind for flying anything
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Favorite brand of SSD: Samsung, followed by Crucial.

If you switch an OS drive to SSD, upgrade your memory and configure your OS not to use virtual memory. The constant writes/rewrites of virtual memory will decrease the working life of your new SSD.
I already have 8 Gb of Memory ...
Do I really need to go more than 8?

No virtual memory use ...
Where is that tweak located?

TIA
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Old 11-05-2018, 07:46 PM
 
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"Good idea or bad idea?'
bad idea for me.
Win7 rules.
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