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Feb 11, 2019 05:38:31   #
bobforman
 
Have any of you switched from a hard drive to a solid state drive? If so, was it worthwhile? What brand did you use? And would you recommend the rest of us consider it as we evaluate upgrading our computers?

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Feb 11, 2019 05:56:41   #
b roll wanabee
 
Put your operating system on a ssd. You can use another larger drive to store media or whatever if you need it. Without an ssd your computer is limited.

It's the easiest way to increase performance. You can even take your drive with you to the next computer.

No brainer. The main thing is to have your operating system installed on the ssd.

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Feb 11, 2019 05:58:19   #
bigalw
 
i upgraded all MY PC'S with SSD, Crucial MX100 512mb, I would have gone for more memory (did it about 3 years ago) they were still quite expensive in the UK then, cheaper now, and bigger, well worth the change though, much quicker to load

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Feb 11, 2019 06:02:12   #
nicksr1125
 
Put a Samsung 850EVO 500gig in my 10 year old laptop sometime last year. I'm seeing better performance all around. The 320gig HD that was in it is now the drive I backup my photos on. I got it from newegg.com when it was on sale. Don't remember what I paid for it but, it was less than $100.00.

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Feb 11, 2019 06:02:45   #
Largobob
 
SSD's have no moving parts....no spinning surfaces or read/write heads....and tend to be much smaller/more compact than equivalent HDD's. They are completely silent and run cool.

SSD memory is more costly than HDD memory.

I had used a LaCie d2 Quadra HDD for many years without incident or unusual behavior. I recently bought a 1TB Samsung T5 SSD, during Black Friday sale at B&H. It works as it should. It has very fast transfer speeds to/from my MacBook Pro via Thunderbolt cable. It was plug and play....no formatting or any other issues. It is now my external drive for "Time Machine" backups.

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Feb 11, 2019 06:03:06   #
siamesecatmanuk
 
bigalw wrote:
i upgraded all MY PC'S with SSD, Crucial MX100 512mb, I would have gone for more memory (did it about 3 years ago) they were still quite expensive in the UK then, cheaper now, and bigger, well worth the change though, much quicker to load


My old computer died when I bought my present one it had SSD and it's so much faster,when photo editing this is a God send, as Raw file are big.

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Feb 11, 2019 06:03:22   #
Dziadzi
 
I built a desktop computer from scratch a dozen years ago using a 500 GB SSD. I have not had a problem with the unit. It is a Samsung drive which handles the Windows operating system. I also have 4 other hardware drives (non SSD) to run the programs and handles data storage.

bobforman wrote:
Have any of you switched from a hard drive to a solid state drive? If so, was it worthwhile? What brand did you use? And would you recommend the rest of us consider it as we evaluate upgrading our computers?

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Feb 11, 2019 06:21:11   #
sb (a regular here)
 
No question. In my desktop I have the operating system on an SSD and in my laptop I exchanged the old hard drive for an SSD - startup is in seconds, and everything is very fast.

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Feb 11, 2019 06:22:36   #
ceh1024
 
I replaced my HD with and SSD. Incredible increase in performance (970EVO Up to 3400 MB/s Read Speed
Up to 2500 MB/s Write Speed.)

However not all motherboards support the M.2 standard and even then you have several different pin-outs and options. You may have to go with and internal Sata. They are slower but still a big difference in performance.

Do your research first and determine what you have and what your motherboard will support and go from there.

I also replaced the 500GB M.2 in my laptop with a 1TB M.2 for more storage. Then rolled over the 500GB to my desktop for a day drive/temp working.

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Feb 11, 2019 06:34:28   #
johneccles
 
I upgraded all my PC's several years ago, I used a combination of Integral, Sandisc and Toshiba, they are all 120 gb except for the Toshiba which is 480gb, The PC's with the 120 gb have the operating system only, the main storage is located on a HDD. The speed increase is incredible and the boot up time is 12-15 seconds.
As these SSD's are so cheap right now, (120gb for £15 and around £25 for a 240) just go right ahead you will not regret it.

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Feb 11, 2019 06:40:45   #
kschwegl
 
I replaced my 1TB had drive with a 500GB Samsung SSD. Restored the system to the SSD. The 1TB hard drive is now my mass storage device. System boots in 30 seconds after I power on. Upgrades fly, no worries about fragmentation, can't think of any down side. Just be sure to do a full backup just before you do the change. I use Acronis True Image backup and back up to a USB3 external hard drive.

P.S. Wear a ground strap any time you're inside the computer.

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Feb 11, 2019 07:51:48   #
kd7eir
 
Dziadzi wrote:
I built a desktop computer from scratch a dozen years ago using a 500 GB SSD. I have not had a problem with the unit. It is a Samsung drive which handles the Windows operating system. I also have 4 other hardware drives (non SSD) to run the programs and handles data storage.


A dozen years ago would have been 2006-2007. The largest SSD then available was the Fusion-io PCIe-based Solid state drive with capacities up to 320GB. Samsung produced a 32GB SSD in 2006 and a 64GB SSD in 2008. In 2010 Samsung starting selling 200GB SSD drives. In 2013 Samsung introduced their NVMe SSD with capacity up to 1.6TB.

It's impossible that you "built a desktop computer from scratch a dozen years ago using a 500 GB SSD," "It is a Samsung drive."

WHY do people feel such a burning need to LIE?

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Feb 11, 2019 08:15:31   #
juan_uy
 
bobforman wrote:
Have any of you switched from a hard drive to a solid state drive? If so, was it worthwhile? What brand did you use? And would you recommend the rest of us consider it as we evaluate upgrading our computers?


For some years, the HDD has been the main bottleneck for performance on most computers.
With an iX (even 3 or 5, any version) and at least 4Gb RAM, the bottleneck starts being the HDD access speed.

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Feb 11, 2019 10:01:38   #
47greyfox
 
I have a Dell Studio 1555 that was bought almost 10 years ago. Recently I replaced the hard drive with a 500 gig Crucial SSD. Definitely breathed new life into an old reliable. New drive and cloning cable cost $76. Do it.

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Feb 11, 2019 10:11:45   #
bigalw
 
bigalw wrote:
i upgraded all MY PC'S with SSD, Crucial MX100 512mb, I would have gone for more memory (did it about 3 years ago) they were still quite expensive in the UK then, cheaper now, and bigger, well worth the change though, much quicker to load


SORRY NOT 512 MB, BUT 512 GB, DOH


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