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First time setting up an SSD drive

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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 TS Guru Posts: 1,019   +12

    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: 3,569

    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: 12,849   +375

    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: 3,569

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

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Topic Starter Posts: 3,569

    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.
     
  7. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,389   +135

    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.
     
  8. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Topic Starter Posts: 3,569

    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.
     
  9. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Topic Starter Posts: 3,569

    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!
     
  10. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,389   +135

    That's a pretty good choice.
     
  11. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Maniac Posts: 1,242   +165

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

    hahahanoobs TS Maniac Posts: 1,242   +165

    ~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.
     
  13. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Topic Starter Posts: 3,569

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

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