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Samsung 840 Pro or 840 on SATA 2 motherboard?

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March 30, 2013 2:15:01 PM

I'm planning to upgrade Vista 64 Ultimate to Windows 8 on a new 256 GB SSD. I've ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 MB having SATA 2 interfaces. The question I've is:
1.) Will there be a significant performance improvement for using Samsung 840 Pro over Samsung 840 SSD since they're connected to SATA 2 i/f anyway?

I understand for this, I've to first install Vista on the new SSD, upgrade to Win8 & reinstall all the applications. From what I've read, it'll be the most reliable option. The data needs to be accessible from any of my PCs (3+) & the access should be secured. I think I should be able to connect this HDD via external enclosures (USB, eSATA), NAS, etc.
So after the OS upgrade:
2.) What is the best but relatively cheaper option for me to access the data (Music, Photos, Video, etc.) from the existing WD Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 HDD? I just have a 1 HDD & I can't find another to create a RAID.

3.) There are mixed reviews for Win 8. Did I make the right choice over 7?

4.) Current Vista install randomly stops connecting to the internet & I've tried all the possible options for e.g. reinstalled drivers, changed interfaces (2), changed cables, changed CAT 5 connectors, changed modem/router, use WiFi Adapter, etc. It all boils down to Vista. Besides, the boot time is over 50 seconds with 24 GB CORSAIR DOMINATOR 1600 (PC3 12800) DDR3 RAM. With Vista upgrade mandatory, what would you have done differently in choosing SSD/HDD storage option?
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a c 524 G Storage
March 30, 2013 2:30:10 PM

1.) No, there won't be any real-world difference between the 2 drives on a SATA 2 (3Gb/s) port.

2.) Not sure I understand what you're asking. Your C: drive will be your Samsung SSD; Windows will assign another drive letter to your WD HDD if it is currently your O/S drive. There shouldn't be any issues accessing the data on the drive.

3.) There's a slight learning curve to Win8. If you're not afraid of learning something new then it shouldn't be a problem. :) 

When you install your O/S on your Samsung don't have any other drives connected until after installation is complete.
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March 30, 2013 2:52:30 PM

I agree with Dereck47
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March 30, 2013 2:55:11 PM

Dereck47 said:
1.) No, there won't be any real-world difference between the 2 drives on a SATA 2 (3Gb/s) port.

2.) Not sure I understand what you're asking. Your C: drive will be your Samsung SSD; Windows will assign another drive letter to your WD HDD if it is currently your O/S drive. There shouldn't be any issues accessing the data on the drive.

3.) There's a slight learning curve to Win8. If you're not afraid of learning something new then it shouldn't be a problem. :) 

When you install your O/S on your Samsung don't have any other drives connected until after installation is complete.



Thanks Derek for a quick response. To avoid confusion, I've updated my initial query. Hope it makes sense now.

Any suggestions for the remaining questions?
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April 2, 2013 12:21:59 AM

I can agree with Dereck47!
I can recommend to disconnect your HDD while installing the OS onto your new SSD, this helps avoiding trouble.
I your case you won't feel the difference between 840 and 840 Pro, just buy 250 GB+
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