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My first solid state.

Q: My first solid state.

One of this days i will buy my first solid state drive.
So i need an expert advice,especially from someone who already has ssd.
First : Most of all worries me the compatibility issue with my GA-X38-DS4 motherboard,i don't want to throw the money for nothing. And i didn't found anything in the web about this.
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Second: IF IS NOT THERE ANY COMPATIBILITY ISSUE!! Then....Which one is better,faster?
A) Corsair Force Series F80A - solid state drive - 80 GB - SATA-300
B) OCZ Agility 2 Series - Solid state drive - 80 GB - internal - 2.5" - SATA-300
C) OCZ Vertex 2 Series - Solid state drive - 80 GB - internal - 2.5" - SATA-300

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Preferred Solution: My first solid state.

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A: My first solid state.

As long as you have SATA ports on your motherboard, SSD drives will work.

Faster is often a result of which benchmark you used. The biggest bang for the buck with any SSD is it's 0.1ms access times to files anywhere on the drive. You will get that from any of the SSD's that you pick. Your read/write speeds may be marginally better on one drive versus another, but unless you are continously reading and writing large files...it probably won't be noticeable in day-to-day computer use.

Personally, I think OCZ has a great reputation and the Vertex 2 line has been solid. I would pick that one if it were me.

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I am looking for a new laptop. I currently have a X121e and recall it being extremely easy to configure on Lenovo's site. So I decided to look at the X270. However, having had great difficulty even starting to configure it (apparently, Lenovo does not favour Firefox any longer), I'm currently having trouble understanding the choices. The first is the choice between PCIe and SATA PointingDevice. Following some discussion, I gather this has nothing to do with any kind of pointing device, but affects my HDD/SSD choices. OK, so let's see what the PCIe choices give me. I get 5 'first hard drive' options. (Nothing I do gets me a 'second hard drive' option, so not sure about this. Or rather, I almost understand this now I've read the platform specification, the user manual, the hardware maintenance manual and various posts on Reddit. Lenovo do like to make buying a challenge!) Now, however, I've reached the end of my google-fu. Intel 256 GB Solid State Drive OPAL2.0 PCIe-NVMe256 GB Solid State Drive PCIe-NVMe OPAL2.0 - CapableIntel 512 GB Solid State Drive OPAL2.0 PCIe-NVMe512 GB Solid State Drive, PCIe-NVMe OPAL2.01 TB Solid State Drive OPAL2.0 PCIe-NVMeI understand the difference beween 1/2 and 3/4 and 5 is obviously size. Fine. But what is the difference between 1 and 2, and between 3 and 4? 1 and 3 are Intel, whereas 2 and 4 are what? Not-Intel? Presumably, Then what's wrong with the Intel drives, that the unbranded versions are cheaper than the branded ones?... Read more

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Does anyone know if Solid State HDDs are going to be in the realm of practical both price and capacity wise in the next year or two?
 

A:Solid State

hmm

I'd assume they will be. It's all just a matter of time.
 

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Is it possible to install a solid state drive as the second hard drive for a laptop? I have a dell inspiron 1420.
Is there a noticeable performance gain?
If its not possible to install internally, is there a way to make a solid state drive the primary drive and have it externally?
 

A:solid state drive

I read that only some of the 17" laptops come with two drive bays. I checked and my 17" laptop does have two drive bays.

I'm no expert, but I've read and have been told heard this a noticable performance gain.

Inside it can be used as primary or secondary. Outside the computer it might only be able to be used as data storage but I'm not 100% sure.
 

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I recently purchased a new graphics cards and a SSD for me home pc. I installed the graphics card (Nvidia 760 GTX) without issue and it was working well, but when I tried to plug in the SSD everything went wrong quickly. Computer is now very slow to load, I can't seem to find a way to actually get anything on the SSD (primarily want to OS on it at least) and videos won't play in HD. Any help for what I might have done wrong or how to make the new drive work like I want it to would be greatly appreciated. I'm running windows 7, but don't have the disk if a reinstall is something that I need to do.
 

A:Solid State Drive

First of all, no one [other than you] has any idea what we are working on. Post ALL of your exact system specs; ie exact mb, exact ram, exact pw supply installed, etc, etc. If this is a big box system ie dell, hp, whatever, then post the exact make and model#

As for the ssd, post the exact ssd you installed along with what mode is used for the sata controller.
 

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I would like to know what is the brand name of this SSD drive that my desktop, HP Omen #870-119? All I know is the name of SSD below: 3D TLC Solid State Drive Is that a name brand of the Solid State Drive? I have searched on Google here on the Internet and did not show with this name. I am not sure if that is the name of Solid State Drive or not. Maybe you know more than me about this and provide me more information about this. John

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Quote:
There are a few things you need to know, about Solid State Drives, before you upgrade your computer/laptop/netbook to this newest technology.

1. Do you have a SATA or IDE Controller?

Most drives are designed for SATA, though there are some IDE (aka: ATA and PATA) drives available also. To know which one you need, look inside your computer, or check out the specs/details of your laptop/netbook.
If you have a computer, open the case and locate your hard drive. Look at the wires on the back of your hard drive.


2. Internal vs. External
External drives are mostly for portable data, like a USB flash drive, so an internal drive is the best option for an SSD drive, so it can make your Operating System (Windows, Mac OSX, Linux) faster and more responsive.

3. Capacity
The most common sizes are 32, 64, 128 and 256 Gigabytes (GB). The operating system will use about 10 GB of space, so make sure you leave enough free space for your applications, games, files and so on. I would recommend getting a minimum of 64 GB, and up to 128GB, unless you have a big budget.

Continued at source: SSDTechnologyForum.com


Yes, I am a member there also, and I thought this article was useful for those looking to make the SSD leap

A:What you should know, before you buy a Solid State Driv

64GB sounds about right to me, for the OS and programs, with a nice Caviar Black for your data.

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Hi all,
Just a quick question - this isnt important etc but

I have an old netbook which I use in my place of work (at lunch times lol) to code my website (Boeing 787 Register - Welcome) I have obtained through my own upgrades at home etc a solid state 120gb Corsair Force.

The machine is running windows 7 64 bit on a 320gb hdd, the used space with all the applications I use and the website testing area is less than 50gb.

My thoughts are to - speed up the netbook and give it bettter battery life by cloning the disk from the current spinning disk to the ssd, and this gives me a good 320gb disk to use as an archive drive.

or should i not bother?

A:Solid State v Spinner

I did and it worked out great!

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Hi all,

Just looking for some advice/experience here.

I manage a fleet of 100 laptops/desktops and I'm pretty new to SSD's working here having never really come across them in my last employment.

Our fleet consists of a few Dell Latitude E6430's that have seemed to be specced with 120GB SSD's. Now the 3 year warranty has just expired and I thought that replacing them with 5 x shiny new Dell E5550's (again with 3y year warranty) was the best idea and cascade the older laptops down to less used/infrequent staff. Same ran, both i5's but slightly bigger screen.

What a bad idea that seemed to be.

The newer laptops seem that much slower and I think that is down to the fact they have spinning drives. Everything from slower boot to waiting for Outlook 2013 to 'process' to icons showing on the desktop. They aren't that bad really but its noticeable against the older SSD equipped laptops.

I'm sort of hooked of the SSD thing now and that spinning disks are cack. I've bought a 120GB Kingston SSD and saved a almost chucked C2D Optiplex, unbelievable how it performs now.

So what next, as laptops are due replacement at 5 years do I just get it an SSD/new battery upgrade and see them out another 3 years?

Confused now, cant turn back the E5550 purchase (that's down to experience) but just thinking for the future replacement plan.

I assume a HDD and battery replacement would the main degradation points of a laptop and just view screen problems as they happen.

A:Solid state disks

Hi
Yep adding an ssd's is the best upgrade to any machine really
Any laptop new or old would probably have a 5400rpm hdd in it and yes painfully slow as you're seeing they use them for battery life mostly.
SSD's also cut down on heat production compared to hdd's

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i have a hp 700-215xt i have 2 one tb drivea and a dvd rec.
Can i add a solid state drive with out removing the other 3 .
what ssd are good buy 150 to 250 mb
 

A:want ro add a solid state drive to my pc

The spec sheet for your system shows three 3.5" bays so yes, you should be able to install a ssd drive however you need to check to see IF you have an unused sata port on the board AND an unused sata pw connector.
As for drives, either samsung or intel.
 

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Hi,

I was wondering, with 400 Dolars to spend on HDs, which one do i choose?
I will never use more than 500 GB, which i think is too much.
And i wanted a fast drive, like an SSD.
But i heard that SSDs have a short-life, and they're speed are decreased according to its age.

So, what would be better?
Buy 4x 250 GB 7200 RPM HDs and make Raid 4

Or 1x 128 SSD and a 500 GB for storage

A:Solid State Drive

Better that you should read these articles first:

http://www.sevenforums.com/news/6203...ink-again.html

A *really really really* good article about SSDs - very long and intensive.

Memory (DDR2|DDR3) and Storage (HDD|SSD)

Any review that Guru3D writes regarding SSDs the preface with a basic refresher about SSDs.

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Hi
I installed a new ssd drive in my dell inspiron 15 and it seams to boot slower than the old HD drive. I used a cloning software to clone from the HDd to ssd. The systems has window 10 500gb ssd and 8 GB ram. I have messed with the power settings trying to get it to boot faster but no luck. When you turn it on it just sits on the dell screen for like 2 minutes then boots. Can anyone help me with what might have went wrong. Thanks in advance
 

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Hi all,

Just looking for some advice/experience here.

I manage a fleet of 100 laptops/desktops and I'm pretty new to SSD's working here having never really come across them in my last employment.

Our fleet consists of a few Dell Latitude E6430's that have seemed to be specced with 120GB SSD's. Now the 3 year warranty has just expired and I thought that replacing them with 5 x shiny new Dell E5550's (again with 3y year warranty) was the best idea and cascade the older laptops down to less used/infrequent staff. Same ran, both i5's but slightly bigger screen.

What a bad idea that seemed to be.

The newer laptops seem that much slower and I think that is down to the fact they have spinning drives. Everything from slower boot to waiting for Outlook 2013 to 'process' to icons showing on the desktop. They aren't that bad really but its noticeable against the older SSD equipped laptops.

I'm sort of hooked of the SSD thing now and that spinning disks are cack. I've bought a 120GB Kingston SSD and saved a almost chucked C2D Optiplex, unbelievable how it performs now.

So what next, as laptops are due replacement at 5 years do I just get it an SSD/new battery upgrade and see them out another 3 years?

Confused now, cant turn back the E5550 purchase (that's down to experience) but just thinking for the future replacement plan.

I assume a HDD and battery replacement would the main degradation points of a laptop and just view screen problems as they happen.

A:Solid state disks

Hi
Yep adding an ssd's is the best upgrade to any machine really
Any laptop new or old would probably have a 5400rpm hdd in it and yes painfully slow as you're seeing they use them for battery life mostly.
SSD's also cut down on heat production compared to hdd's

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Hello there everyone, (first post yay!)

About a month ago my solid state hard drive suddenly failed after 2 years of use, fortunately it was still under warranty so I was able to get a replacement, at the time I figured it just had a fault and eventually died. It's worth noting that prior to it bricking completely some applications were running slow and windows was starting to hang.

So I've had my new SSD, (same brand, model etc.) for a month now and it's just died, and again the same symptoms occurred, windows hanging and applications slowing down. I attempted to run disk checks and other such programs but they all failed. I don't believe I've done anything to break it so I'm here. What could cause this to happen?

The SSD is a G.Skill Falcon II 128GB, I've attached my dxdiag if that can provide any other information to assist in anything.

If theres anything else I can add let me know, I look forward to any insight.
 

A:Solid State died... Again.

Using "tools" intended for mechanical drives is not wise for SSD's.

What do you use the drive for? Have you turned off defrag and other mechanical drive maintenance tools?
 

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Hey all,

I have been out of the PC building world for a year or so now, just wondering what the newest word about SSD drives are. A year or so ago I remember they were not really up to spec, they had a limited number of read/write cycles and fialed pretty commonly. Is that still true, or have vast improvements been made?

Looking at this drive
http://www.frys.com/product/6799875?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG
and throwing it into a desktop, will that mount alright? Any issues about connectors? I think it still uses the same Sata and power cables correct?
 

A:Solid State Drives

It still uses the same sata and power connects. You would need a drive bay adapter unless you want to wire tie it somewhere.
 

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Hi

I am looking at getting an Solid State Drive to run just my OS on Windows 7 Home Premium. I have found a 30gb solid state drive and an 64gb drive, is the 30gb would the 30gb be big enough or would it be better to g for the 64GB drive?


Please can you let me know

Thanks

A:Which Solid State drive is best?

Personally, I would go with the bigger 64GB, to allow for some growth.

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i install a new ssd and plan to used it as C; when is plug in by itself it works, but when i plug the other drive the system always choses the old drive to boot, i see the new drive in the main screen, but not in the boot priority one, how can i reassign the drives , right now the system don't let me change the letter on the old partition with the os. in it

A:solid state drive

BIOS boot change.
Boot Priority - Change - Vista Forums

Default Operating System - Change Default Boot OS

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Unable to pinpoint a suspected motherboard problem, I purchased a new computer. It has a 128gb solid state HD and a 2tb regular HD. I'm getting it set up with all my software/games etc.
Nothing seems to be installing on the 2tb HD, it all is going to the solid state drive. How/what do I need to do to have things install on the larger drive? I am obviously new at the solid state drive arrangement.
 

A:Solid state & regular HD

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I have an older Model 80L000H2US laptop with a one terabyte drive. Would it be a waste of money to upgrade to a solid state drive for this machine?

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Hello, I have an Intel 320 Series 80GB Solid State Drive. The advertised speeds are the following:
Sustained Sequential ReadUp to 270 MB/s Sustained Sequential WriteUp to 90 MB/sI'm only getting around 190 MB/s Read and about 80 MB/s Write. I know i would get lower than advertised but not this low. Anybody have any suggestions? I already have enabled AHCI in the BIOS and done all my OS tweaking.

A:Low Solid State Speeds.

What program are you using to get the speeds?

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hi all
i am thinking of using a solid state drive for the operating system and would be grateful for any advice can i keep the drive i have now with win 7 home premium, and install another windows 7 (like ultimate): on the solid state drive??

A:Solid state drives

I don't think you can have two instances of Windows using the same license key, even on the same machine (unless you clone them, but then the drives should be identical). So basically you'll have to buy another copy of Windows. Other than that, SSD will make your machine way faster. the only catch is the limited number of write cycles, so I would follow the by now standard advice of moving your cache and temp folders to a RAM disk.

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Please can someone advise whether it is value for money to get a SSD compared to getting a VELOCIRAPTOR.
This disk will be used for the O/S and installing games.
All points of few welcome and I am particularly interested in how noticeable any performance difference would be. Budget is sub-100.

If you recommend a SSD, please can you recommend which one.


My set-up is M4A785td-v evo, O/S is W7 - not sure what else is relevant?

thanks for any help
 

A:New HDD - solid state or 'fast' one?

get a hybrid hardrive if you want somthing that beats a velociraptor and is slightly slower than an ssd http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=6280178&CatId=5300 and its pretty cheep, i use one im my current gaming rig for the windows 7 partition and it boots up fast =0! but if it were me i would w8 untill prices come down or suck it up and get one, in my opinion i would only use an ssd for faster game loading times, but if its a multiplayer game you will most likly have to w8 till everyone else is finished loading anyways.



detrunks said:





Please can someone advise whether it is value for money to get a SSD compared to getting a VELOCIRAPTOR.
This disk will be used for the O/S and installing games.
All points of few welcome and I am particularly interested in how noticeable any performance difference would be. Budget is sub-100.

If you recommend a SSD, please can you recommend which one.
My set-up is M4A785td-v evo, O/S is W7 - not sure what else is relevant?

thanks for any helpClick to expand...


 

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Sup,

This might take some explaining - I have a 32GB SSD as my C:\windows drive and a 1.2TB normal disk with all my other stuff on it. I have not got any programs that allow you to choose the install location installed on the SSD, however programs such as Photoshop, Minecraft & Office 365 will only install to C: I have migrated my Users folder to the other volume which freed up around 4 GB of space - however having installed Photoshop I now have about 80KB free this is an annoyance to live with. I have done everything else to free up space under the sun.

So, my question is, what happens if I change the drive letter of the solid state to D: or something like that, & change the other disk with about 900 GB free to C: so, windows will be installed under d:\windows on the SSD. Then I could isntall photoshop & the like to the bigger drive.

Will this work? Not re-installing is desirable, but if needs be....

Thanks in advance,

Jon.

A:Solid State Trouble

The only way to install Win7 to a drive other than C is to run its installer from C to install to another drive, which locks out the C drive letter from use. This is neither desirable or correct.

If you have 32gb SSD then it's actually a chip on an MSATA hard drive intended to provide paging cache to speed up the drive. While we've helped users install to the chip at their request, it is absurdly small and requires the kind of gymnastics you're grappling with. If you'd like to install WIn7 as intended here are the steps: Install Windows on MSATA (SSD) Drive - Windows 7 Help Forums
Install Windows on System with MSATA and ISRT - Windows 7 Help Forums

Since no one is thrilled with the performance on an MSATA compared to an SSD, a solution is to buy a larger SSD which are coming down in price to around $50 per 120gb now. Photoshop for example needs to be on the SSD to benefit from its speed. Best deals of the day

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This is either an issue with formatting a new Solid State Drive or something related cloning data and setting up windows 7 on the SSD. The plan was to run the OS off the SSD.

First, I now know I forgot to format the SSD before cloning...but it think it may have happened automatically because the clone process seems to have worked...sort of. The bad...it took up 2/3's of a 250GB SSD...not good. So I thought why not start over, delete everything on the SSD, format it and try a clean install from my windows 7 upgrade disc. Did that and it work better...just a small amount of the SSD was used....but...

But now, with just the SSD plugged in, am getting an error at boot up..."No boot manager" and boot fails. Plug the original HD drive back in and boot is fine and appears to be running off the SSD mostly...quiet and fast. But the old hard drive does tick away now and then. So, I'm thinking this is not how it should be and not as efficient as it should be. This is why I bought the SSD...to boot faster, play games and most common aps off the SSD...faster. Where did I miss the boat...?

Is boot manager something I can add? I tried to boot via the upgrade disc and do a repair, but it fails saying "Partition for windows missing"...which may be a formatting issue too. I am guessing the partition houses the boot manager...?? How can I fix. I get Microsoft security error during repair...

My Solid State Drive says at the Disk Management Screen:

232.88 GB NTFS
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A:Solid State Drive set up

I would format the SSD then do step by step what you did the first time.

edit: also take a look through the Tutorials section. I'm sure there's several concerning SSDs and their various configuration options.

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Hey All,

I am building a computer in the next week that the customer wants a SSD 2.5" drive. I've never built a PC with an SSD in it. Couple of questions

Will the standard 2.5" drive bay in a case hold the drive alright?

Will the drive be susceptible to electro shock and data loss in a power failure or hard reset?

Does the SSD need to be insulated in the case any particular way?

Does the SSD need specific proprietary power or SATA cables to interface with a modern motherboard?

Thanks
 

A:Solid State Drive

Connections and Size will very on which drive you get, but traditionally it will fit in a 2.5 bay and can support a sata connection. Nothing extra is needed. It shouldn't be any more susceptible to data loss during power failures then normal drives (of course like normal drives, you may lose data if you are writting to it during said power loss).

For more details see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solid-state_drive
 

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Okay, I'm just wondering, I've heard it mentioned quite a bit and I knwo and understand most things about PC's but this I've never really looked into so I'm going to now...

What is a SSD?, What are the pros and cons to using it?, How do you use it?, Is it reccomended?, what performance difference does it give?, and finally, could you make a computer with weak processor/graphics card and everything run very fast and play games very well if you have lots of them in one pc?

Could someone explain in laymens terms? For me and so I can explain to other people as I know this is a reasonably new technology and is suposedly 'the future'?

Thankyou.

A:Solid State Drives

Solid State Drives are big RAM disks. No moving parts like platters to break. Upside - very fast. Down side - very expensive. And some write-rewrite issues. Think bleeding edge.

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A pop-up stating that the SanDisk SDSA5DK-016G-1006, 16GB mSATA Disk Caching solid state drive is failing, and should be replaced, keeps showing up on my girlfriends computer. I was looking for the correct procedure, including formatting if needed, to do this. I've been searching the internet to no avail. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Hi I would like to upgrade my hard drive to a SSD.  Is it compatible to upgrade to an SSD? I have a HP HDX premium series Model FZ946PA regards Andrew 

A:Solid State Drive upgrade

It's older, but they don't make anything just like it any more. In my opinion, one of the best laptops HP ever made. Here is the Service Manual: Manual See p. 4-11. It can actually hold two hard drives but if you are going to install an SSD put it in the primary bay and use it as the boot drive.  In a nutshell, yes it can use and benefit from an SSD. It has the Intel 945 chipset with the ich9 storage controller so is capable of true SATA, native command queuing, TRIM, etc.  If you need more help post back.  If this is "the Answer" please click "Accept as Solution" to help others find it. 

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I have a question about the SSD in my laptop. I'm having issues with my laptop BSODing and I wanted to pull the SSD and back it up on another PC. I do this all the time with IDE HDD and SATA HDD, but this is a first for a SSD. My PC does detect something is plugged in, but I can not read it. Disk mgmt does not see it nor does it come up in Device manager. I have tried plugging it in via USB and straight SATA to the MOBO. To be clear the PC other than going *ding* when it is plugged in does not detect the SSD at all. A guy I work with has a fresh install of Windows XP and it does not even *ding* when it's plugged in. Do I need a driver? I figured it would just work. By the way the BSOD is a memory error. Thanks
 

A:Solid State Drive not detecting.

Sounds to me as if there is an issue with the SSD. I'm curious though does the SSD work when you put it back into the laptop? If not take it to a trusted local non-big box computer shop and ask them to test it.
 

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I have a Veriton X275.  I never burned the factory installatin disk before using the comuter. Interested in upgrading to a SSD.  Crucial Scan recommends this: http://www.crucial.com/store/mpartspecs.aspx?mtbpoid=1ECF9CF6A5CA7304 Is the recovery disk loaded on the D: drive. i do not see it. Is there any way to get the recovery information other than resetting the computer back to the factory state to burn the disks? What is the best way of installng the new SSD? Thanks.

A:Installing new Solid State Drive

Does the bios need to be updated to handle the SSD?

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I would like to upgrade my boot disk from the pre-installed hard disk to a solid state drive (SSD), preferably an SSD in the 900 GB - 1.0 TB capacity.  What do I need to do?  How do I know whether a particular SSD will fit into and work properly in my laptop?  How do I transfer the pre-installed Windows 10 OS? FYI, I have not installed any software on the laptop since I bought it a few months ago, nor do I have any personal files on it.  It is still in its original box.  I'd like to get this done ASAP so that I can start using the laptop.




Craig T. Dedo, CAPM

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I know that is Dangerous... why the Defrag of Windows want to do it???

A:Defrag for SSD Solid State Disk

SSDs should not be defrag'ed, but they can be optimized - we need to know more before we can answer your question.

In casual conversation the words 'defrag' and 'optimize' are often used interchangeably. In Windows the two words have precise and different technical meanings. Can you tell us where Windows is 'saying it want's to do it'? (preferably with a screen shot).

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I know that is Dangerous... why the Defrag of Windows want to do it???

A:Defrag for SSD Solid State Disk

SSDs should not be defrag'ed, but they can be optimized - we need to know more before we can answer your question.

In casual conversation the words 'defrag' and 'optimize' are often used interchangeably. In Windows the two words have precise and different technical meanings. Can you tell us where Windows is 'saying it want's to do it'? (preferably with a screen shot).

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Gday
I now have my Samsung 840 Pro SSD in and up and running. Here is an oddity, I currently have my BIOS set to ACHI, my boot order has always been 1. CD 2. CD 3.HDD.
I have noticed on boot up under ACHI, my two SATA optical drives are not being recognised, and therefore are not available on boot up.
They do show up in Computer.
When I set my BIOS back to it's "Native IDE" (it's default), both optical drives appear on the boot up.
Can anyone tell me why this is happening?

A:Solid State Drive and ACHI

Hello Fiery,

Normally you would only see the "Press a key to boot from CD or DVD...." message like below for 8 seconds at boot when you have a bootable CD/DVD in an optical drive. As a test, insert a bootable disc (ex: Windows installation disc) into an optical drive, restart, and see if you see this below.
Do the optical drives show up in BIOS?

As a test, connect the optical drives to another SATA port on the motherboard to see if they get recognized then.

You might also double check to make sure the boot order priority is still set the way you always had it.

Hope this helps for now,
Shawn

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Though solid-state drives are in vogue, market forces and technical issues are giving the venerable hard-disk drive new life.
DRAMexchange, a Taipei-based market intelligence firm, said last week that the adoption of solid-state drives by computer vendors has slowed as the price of the NAND chips--the raw material of solid-state drives--has increased. The firm also said that computer makers have been cautious about using solid-state drives because current Windows operating systems are not fully optimized for SSDs.

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And the popularity of flash storage is waning in Netbooks. These tiny laptops at one time used solid-state drives almost exclusively. But Acer, Hewlett-Packard, Dell and others are moving en masse to configurations with large hard-disk drives in lieu of smaller-capacity solid-state drives.
SSDs typically offer higher performance--often much higher performance--than hard-disk drives and are more durable since they have no moving parts.
While those merits still apply, lingering doubts about the long-term retention of the data in a solid-state drive is making the hard disk look not quite so pass?. Ed Doller, the chief technical officer of Numonyx, a flash memory chip maker which was spun off from Intel and STMicroelectronics last year, addressed this issue in a recent phone interview. Numonyx makes two kinds of flash: NOR, used for storing computer programs, and NAND, used widely as a data storage medium in ... Read more

A:Hard disk or solid-state? Think again

Micron Technology built a 2 billion dollar plant a mile from my house in UT counting on SSDs taking off (among other ventures)

The plant was "mothballed" for a few years because they judged it wrong because of some of the problems in this article. They have now teamed with Intel and have the plant up and running (IM Flash tech - a Micron/Intel) joint venture.

http://www.imftech.com/company/manufacture.html

They bet billions on flash media getting WAY bigger than it did. The market is pretty strange. I still think there is a lot of potential in flash if they can get it right.

Good article, thanks.

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Dear Support, I would like to change my SATA hard disk to solid state Disk for HP Probook 4540s laptop Model. Please advise the  disk type that will fit in the laptop since they are different in physical sizes, ports and etc. Thanks, Samuel.

A:Solid State Disk install

Hi @kamich! The notebook supports 7-mm/9.5-mm drives and you can replace the hard disk with a typical 2.5" 9.5mm HDD SATA III SSD. As for the procedure itself, you can find detailed instructions on how to replace the HDD in the manual, more specifically on page 62:http://www.hp.com/ctg/Manual/c03758231.pdf Hope this helps and best of luck!




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are these faster than a 7200rpm hard drive and are they worth the extra money?
 

A:solid state hard drives

They are much faster than mechanical drives. They are memory speed.

Whether they are worth the money depends on your system. Surprizingly, many people who have tried them have been less impressed than they thought they would be. The speed of a machine depends on many factors. Though drive speed is certainly one of those factors, it is not the only one.

So my take on all this is that putting a solid-state drive in a mid-level machine would be a complete waste of money. But putting them in high-end machines may show spectacular differences. "Instant On" machines with no boot time are certainly on the horizon, and Acer, I think, already has one out or close to it.
 

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This isn't recommended, I know. But would it serve any purpose at all? As far as I understand the matter, aside from the wear and tear issue, whether an SDD is 0% fragmented or 100% fragmented makes no difference to the performance, due to the way the information is read from the disc. Is that so?

I run MS Flight Simulator from an SDD (my O/S is on another SDD too) and I am starting to get some performance issues. Some have recommended I defrag the disc - when I analyse it, it shows 100% fragmentation, but if what I wrote above is true, it wouldn't make any difference. Right??

Thanks,

Martin

A:Defragging Solid State Drives?

I think it would be a useless exercise. Your perceived performance degradation must have other causes.

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The brains, please recommend the best at this time SSD(about 128GB). There will be Windows 7 OS. Which company and which model SSD with his firmware is the best for Windows7(32 bit)? SLC or MLC? Price is unimportant. Thanks.

A:Best SSD(solid state drive) for Windows7

Intel X25-M, definitely. The Vertex comes close, but is still lacking in certain benchmarks and isn't that much cheaper per GB.

There are 80GB and a 160GB models ($315 and $720 on newegg).

Unfortunately nobody has been able to quite top intel yet except on price. Just use whatever the latest firmware is. It's a MLC, but nobody makes large SLCs that I know of.

Edit: Anand of anandtech.com fame (IMO the most reputable tech review site around) today said the X25-M is still his choice: http://www.anandtech.com/gadgets/showdoc.aspx?i=3590 There are few better endorsements.

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I'm looking to backup photos I have on some external and internal SATA drives, and I'm looking for the next best medium to do that to, is SSDs one of them?
Thanks
 

A:Solved: Solid State Drives

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I know im a bit late on this one but whats the deal with solid state storage on the market? here an link to a very interesting article on Gigabytes i-RAM which allows the ram installed on its board to act as an SATA drive and keeps the data stored even when the computers off using the small amount of power supplied in its off stage. I personally have an ASUS motherboard so i cannot use this gigabyte technology but are there products to be released with this technology for other sytems? is there anything out right now?

http://www.anandtech.com/tradeshows/showdoc.aspx?i=2431&p=5

theres the link, enjoy, its interesting stuff
 

A:Article: Solid State Storage with i-RAM

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i want to buy a sdd for my pc. i have 2 questions.

1. since the drive is 2.5 inches and my case has fittings for 3.5inch drives how can i properly mount this in the case?

2. the connection is sata II but how is the power connected? is it use a standard sata power connector or 4 pin molex?

thanks if u can help

A:Question about solid state drive!!!?

  
Quote: Originally Posted by Krispy1


i want to buy a sdd for my pc. i have 2 questions.

1. since the drive is 2.5 inches and my case has fittings for 3.5inch drives how can i properly mount this in the case?

2. the connection is sata II but how is the power connected? is it use a standard sata power connector or 4 pin molex?

thanks if u can help


SATA power connector. Many SSDs come with mounting kits. Otherwise your can get one here Newegg.com - BYTECC Bracket-35225 2.5 Inch HDD/SSD Mounting Kit For 3.5" Drive Bay or Enclosure

I'd recommend purchasing only drives with a Indilinx Barefoot (good) or SandForce controller (better). OCZ has been a best buy for me -- both my Vertex and Vertex II have been wonderful compared to my other SSDs.

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do solid state drives have a life span?
thanks

an after thought; if you install the operating system to the SSD and install programs to a HDD do you still benefit from the faster speed when using them programs?

A:solid state drive lifespan

SSDs have a life span measured in how many times it can be written to before it starts to fail (the same as all flash memory).

In answer to your second question it depends on the program but you probably won't get the increased performance.

Oli

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i have the 150gb velociraptor as my main OS drive and im thinking of getting a SSD to replace it with, but will only be able to afford a 64gb drive possibly stretch to a 90gb unbranded drive,
im wondering if it is worth the money considering im comming from a velociraptor will i notice the extra speed much?
also at 64gb a lot of stuff will need to be installed on another drive (probably the raptor) so wont this mean that the things that are installed on the other drive will only run as fast as that drive will go?

thanks

edit to add : i guess i could buy a second 150gb velociraptor and run it in RAID would that be as fast as a ssd?

A:solid state drive question

What you are considering is exactly the route that most are taking nowadays which is the ssd for boot drive and applications along with the hdd for storage. I personally run a Crucial 64Gb ssd with Samsung 1.5 Tb drive.

Les
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for my biz. I'm a photographer, and would like a faster drive for my OS and photoshop CS2 to run off of.

I would dump edited images off on to a RAID box, for DVD burning for archive purposes.

Are SS drives, worth the extra coins -vs- 10K Rapter per sey?
 

A:Thinking of getting a Solid State Drive

I've been wondering about the same ... Getting a ~64GB for my system partition only.

I'm thinking the only real difference we may see is the reduced time it would take CS to load.
Other than the CS load time (and other apps) ... my speed is great.

With this in Mind .. I'm waiting on the prices to drop and more SLC technology to show up.
 

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Here's the deal. I just bought a 64GB SSD. Here it is for those interested:

Newegg.com - OCZ Agility EX Series OCZSSD2-1AGTEX60G 2.5" 60GB SATA II SLC Internal Solid state disk (SSD) - Solid State Disks

Yes I know, way to much $$$$ but what the heck I'll use it as my boot/system drive.

So here's the thing. My current C: partition is about 350GB of which only about 15GB is actually used. The SSD is only about 60GB.

I use ShadowProtect Desktop as my disk image software and was planning to use that. The only thing is I don't know if it will let me restore from a larger to smaller drive even though in reality I'm using way less than 60GB.

So basically what's a good way to copy W7 over to the SSD in my case? Remember it will need to be bootable and all that.

A:Transferring W7 to a Solid State Device

I guess it's better you do a Clean Install, since during the formatting, Windows 7 will align some files to optimize your SSD drive.

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