First time setting up an SSD drive

By DonNagual
Dec 30, 2012
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  1. Hey all, been a while since I last built a system, and never done one with an SSD.

    I'm assuming the SSD is basically my C drive where I will install the OS, plus any games I want to run quickly, then everything else on my D drive (just a regular HDD).

    Sound about right?
  2. nismo91

    nismo91 TechSpot Maniac Posts: 999   +11

    Right. and don't forget to turn off some things like defragmentation, indexing and prefetch in windows. those are designed for hdd.
  3. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Topic Starter Posts: 3,565

    I'm in windows 8 now, and unable to find any settings to turn off the ones you mention above. You'd hope windows could figure out it's an SSD and do it automatically!!
  4. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,438   +282

    Unless you just have space to burn, you should probably install games to a regular drive. SSD will load levels faster but in the actual game there won't be much if any difference in performance.
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  5. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Topic Starter Posts: 3,565

    So for a game like WoW, there would be no difference between installing on SSD and HDD performance wise?
  6. marinkvasina

    marinkvasina TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 259   +9

    Yes, you would only get faster loading times on levels/battlegrounds/raids/etc.
    But the loading times on WoW are very low on a decent HDD. Your framerates would stay the same.
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  7. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Topic Starter Posts: 3,565

    So what is the major advantage of an SSD? I know windows would load much much faster (nice, but I don't have a problem with waiting for windows on my current system), but other than that, specifically for gaming, not really worth the money? Loading times would be better, but it wouldn't affect gameplay at all. Not sure why I'd need one.
  8. marinkvasina

    marinkvasina TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 259   +9

    Well in terms of gaming it's not usefull, consider it as upgrading your HDD to a faster and better HDD. You didn't expect improvements in games did you? Ofcourse it will nicely help with load times on heavy games (singleplayer mostly I belive).
    I'm gonna write you a few advantages/benefits of a SSD (only the ones that come up in my mind right now): SSDs use less power, they don't vibrate, there is no sound from them, it generates less heat than a HDD (not much but still noticeable), failure rate is around 2 million hours compared to 1.5 of an HDD. you get faster install times, faster booting/restart/shutdown, faster file/copy, it's good for heavy programs like Photoshop and some video editing software.
    In my opinion the only reason to get this upgrade is above, you want your PC to be faster when handling the OS.

    If you are looking for an upgrade for gaming, you could list the system specs.
  9. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] I'm a TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,318   +117

    Well if that's what you think of it I'm not sure why you'ed need one either. No it doesn't really improve framerates.
    As for me, IMO time is pretty important so I'd install all my programs and games on an SSD and tbh if I still had room I'd put files too. I think for me all my programs and games would fit on a 90GB SSD no problem.
  10. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Topic Starter Posts: 3,565

    Thanks for the input/insight marinkvasina, I appreciate it. I wasn't so much looking for improved gaming via SSD, was just more interesting in justifying the price. I already bought one for my new build, so it's a moot point.

    It makes sense when I think about it though. My old HDD wasn't slowing down my FPS in any way, why would an SSD improve FPS.

    I'll just enjoy faster boot times. Be interesting to see how fast it will be.
  11. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Topic Starter Posts: 3,565

    I picked up a 128gb SSD
    http://www.amazon.co.jp/gp/product/B00AEGT3EY/ref=oh_details_o03_s00_i05

    I'll see how much I can cram on it!
     
  12. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] I'm a TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,318   +117

    That's a pretty good choice.
  13. marinkvasina

    marinkvasina TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 259   +9

    You're welcome. The boot time should be 2x-3x faster than usual I do belive. That 128gb wouldn't even be big enough for my music collection x). Anyways just put the important stuff on it first, photos,videos,music should be on HDD unless you think playing a song on SSD will somehow be faster (lol).
  14. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TechSpot Booster Posts: 944   +94

    WIndows 8 does do it automatically. So does Windows 7 for the most part.
  15. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TechSpot Booster Posts: 944   +94

    ~15ms (HDD) vs ~0.01ms (SSD) access times for everything installed on the SSD. A far more noticeable speed improvement over any CPU or RAM upgrade - generally speaking.
  16. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Topic Starter Posts: 3,565

    Included one, and glad I did just for the boot times alone. Insanely fast.


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