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SSD Users Preferences


chub_tor
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Managed to get myself a Corsair Force 3 90Gb on sale while in the USA, now I have to figure out the best way to make use of it's relatively small size. What do you users out there recommend..... Win7 64 bit OS only? Win7 plus programme files? Obviously not data which will go on my existing 1Tb. I would be interested in what experienced SSD users actually find works best for them. Just for info, I have roughly 40 Programmes listed in Programme Files and a further 100 listed in Program Files (x86), the major ones I use all the time are Office, Serif PagePlus, PhotPlus, MoviePlus and Roxio 2011.

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rdave13

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No, as the mobo is quite happy running the SSD as IDE. If it works then I leave well alone.

As for clean install and the 'hassle' then, in my humble opinion, it will be worth it. Trying for shortcuts has already caused some hassle? :)

Where is gengiscant when you need him? That straw was certainly heavy.....

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chub_tor

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Just a quick update. Thanks to rdave13 and his links I am back up and running again having done a re-install of Windows 7 64 bit plus a few vital programmes onto the SSD.

All the User files are now on the 1Tb drive which is now designated F. My biggest problem has been sorting out my emails (I use Windows Live Mail) and retrieving them back into the correct folders - fairly straightforward with the webmail from Hotmail, Gmail and Yahoo but a real pain with my two POP3 accounts where I have managed to get all the In Mail but seem to have lost the Sent Mail.

There is undoubtedly a load of cr*p on the F Drive with the leftover Windows folder and old Program folders which as I grow in confidence I will eventually get rid of.

In hindsight I should have just saved all my data then formatted the 1Tb and started again....Ah well you live and learn, but thanks to all for your excellent advice and with my new speedy machine that, from pushing the on button to a useable desktop in 20 seconds or so, will let me be back answering questions instead of asking them.

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KRONOS the First

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Turn on AHCI if your system permits you to do so,AHCI definitely could improve computer system responsiveness, transfer rate. Enough to say, it will make your hard disk more efficient (and indirectly reduce its wear and tear).

After a fresh install move all your My folders to the bigger hard-drive.

Double click Computer,you will notice Libraries on the left hand side,double click documents you will see My Documents and Public Documents, right click on My Documents then properties then location then move. You can then find your large drive on which can move it to.Do this with the rest of the libraries which will mean that anything added to these folders in the future will be saved on the larger drive. I have also installed Steam (80GB of games on the larger drive and any other games also go to the larger drive.All I have on my SSD is OS and office and progams which on a 55GB SSD means that I have,at the moment, about 17GB remaining which I think is plenty.

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hssutton

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"Turn on AHCI if your system permits you to do so,AHCI definitely could improve computer system responsiveness, transfer rate. Enough to say, it will make your hard disk more efficient (and indirectly reduce its wear and tear)."

Can you actually do that once the OS has been installed?

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KRONOS the First

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W7 works just fine after flipping the AHCI switch in the BIOS post OS install.

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chub_tor

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I can (and have) changed from IDE to AHCI and back again. Not noticed any real difference except in the appearance at boot up. But the reason I went back to IDE was there seemed to be more hard drive thrashing after the desktop came up when in AHCI - of course I can't tell which drive it was but I am assuming it is the 1Tb drive. Might give it another go if you think it will reduce wear and tear.

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