I could probably get by with 120GB......barely. Would probably be better for me to purchase at least a 200GB drive.
There's definitely a nice performance boost when booting up and I noticed a significant change in how fast I zone in EQ. The only thing I would caution is that if you are still using Windows XP, there are a number of contortions you have to go through to get the drive running at optimal performance. In fact, in many ways you are better off with a standard drive if you are using xp.
Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F120GBGT-BK 2.5
Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F120GBGT-BK 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
$154.99After $30 MIR
That sale is from 10am to 12:59 PST today only (Oct 20), which is a good price if you have SATA 3 available to you. Even at SATA2 speeds I would say if you want one, get one. They are fast, and you will see the improvement immediately. There are a few things you can do to be sure it is working properly. SSD drives work best in AHCI mode and with TRIM enabled:
How to check if TRIM is activeThe TRIM command allows an operating system to inform a solid-state drive (SSD) which blocks of data are no longer considered in use and can be wiped internally.
To check if the TRIM command is active on your PC, start a Command Prompt window (type “CMD” in the Search bar from the Windows Start Menu) and enter the following command:
fsutil behavior query DisableDeleteNotify
If the result is “0” then the TRIM command is enabled, and if the result is “1” then the TRIM command is disabled.
Use the following command to enable TRIM:
fsutil behavior query|set DisableDeleteNotify = 0
How to enable AHCI in Windows 7 after Instalation:
There is one way to fix this, although you need to have knowledge of registry editing. The detailed steps from Microsoft are as follows:
1.Exit all Windows-based programs.
2.Click Start, type regedit in the Start Search box, and then press ENTER.
3.If you receive the User Account Control dialog box, click Continue.
4.Locate and then click the following registry subkey:
5.In the right pane, right-click Start in the Name column, and then click Modify.
6.In the Value data box, type 0, and then click OK.
7.On the File menu, click Exit to close Registry Editor.
After this you’ll have to restart your computer, go to BIOS and enable AHCI. When you log in to Windows again, you’ll notice the installation of drivers for AHCI. Another restart will be required to finish the driver installation.
These steps are provided at your own risk and not suggested unless you know and understand the risks. You will want to make sure the controller driver and MB BIOS support this option before you enable it
Hope that helps. As for size I would say a 120 gig so you can store your most used programs on it to get the best possible load times on them.
If you still want to clone it, a good article to read is:
http://superuser.com/questions/99211/fr ... hdd-to-ssd
What I did, when I got my SSD drive, I did a fresh install on the SSD drive, and reinstalled the apps I use, not all that was on the old drive. I now have the option to boot from the SSD drive, but if I want, I can boot to Windows 7 from the older 750 gig drive, or if I want my 640 gig drive has Windows XP still on it and I can boot from that as well. When I install new programs using the SSD drive I just made a folder on the 750 gig drive called SSD Program Files, and I point to that to keep the usage on the SSD drive down.
A good article for more optimization is at:
http://thessdreview.com/ssd-guides/opti ... n-guide-2/
I didn't turn off system restore on my SSD drive yet, and the speed seems to be fine. I did change the config so any temp files were moved to the D: drive and not the C: drive to keep the read/write lower. Basically temporary internet files and windows files. Not sure if the info for that is in this article. Corsair has a whole forum dedicated to SSD drives with a lto fo good information.
Also a good thing to do if you have enough ram (I have 12 gig), I turned off the swap file. That way no temporary files are written to the SSD drive extending it's life span. SSD drives have a finite number of read/write cycles one of the current draw backs to them.
Ugh, I did not know that. Of course, the same could be said of traditional spinning platter drives, due to their mechanical nature.Calebe wrote: SSD drives have a finite number of read/write cycles one of the current draw backs to them.
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