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Solid State Drives and joy [May. 10th, 2012|09:32 pm]
1) Get a solid state drive - they're not cheap, but they're not super-expensive.
2) Make sure your SATA controller is set to AHCI - *not* IDE or ATA emulation. SSDs are fast, but IDE/ATA emulation slows them down.
3) Connect your solid state drive.
4) Start Windows 7 installer to set up a clean install
5) Go do some laundry, because it's going to take a long time.
6) Come back in 20 minutes, and curse - something's wrong with your brand new SSD! Look, the installer *crashed* and *restarted*.
7) Note that it's passing strange for your computer to claim Windows files are already there...
8) Realize that in the 20 minutes you were gone, Windows *completed installing* and now boots in about 30 seconds.
9) Get upset because you have to work and will have to spend over 9 hours away from your upgraded toy....

[User Picture]From: wcg
2012-05-11 10:42 am (UTC)
I think I'll want to check back with you sometime fairly soon. This looks like a good idea.
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[User Picture]From: wyang
2012-05-11 10:28 pm (UTC)

Another SSD story

I actually have bought two SSDs. My first one was really cheap, and I failed to properly optimize my Linux OS for it, and the wrtie/rewrite cycles killed the disk, or so it appeared.

However, I bought a second, much higher end Intel disk the second time around. Now, my netbook's Linux installation boots in 9 seconds and writes to disk only to commit real data and system changes. It took me about 2 days to figure out how to make everything work as well as I wanted... but it added 30% to my battery life and the system is almost infinitely faster. Can't complain about that....
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[User Picture]From: marypcb
2012-05-12 03:57 pm (UTC)
ssd - just say 'I'm never going back to spinning disk'

windows 7 install takes about 12 minutes
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