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Upgrading help: HDD 7200 vs SSD

I have a 5400RPM HDD which is old but working really well.
I want to upgrade my storage to increase it. I am a gamer and do some editing and programming as well.
I want to know if I should buy a SSD 128 gig / 7200 1tb HDD. I need both.
But don't have the money to buy both. What should choose from.
Is there a significant difference b/n 5400 and 7200 HDD(s). If yes, I will chose HDD(I know not as fast as SDD,but how fast is 7200 compared to 5400).
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  1. I would choose a 128 gig ssd, and use the old HDD as sort of a data drive. The performance difference is night and day. The difference between a 7200rpm drive and a 5400rpm drive is much less noticeable.
  2. expl0itfinder said:
    I would choose a 128 gig ssd, and use the old HDD as sort of a data drive. The performance difference is night and day. The difference between a 7200rpm drive and a 5400rpm drive is much less noticeable.


    What do you mean data drive? Like install win on SSD and install games and programs on HDD.
    But it has only a 16 mb cache. Will 32 MB cache of WD HDD(s) show considerable difference. I am thinking of going with the SSD.
    *I have a 7400 RPM HDD Only. I was mistaken.
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    thiduck said:
    expl0itfinder said:
    I would choose a 128 gig ssd, and use the old HDD as sort of a data drive. The performance difference is night and day. The difference between a 7200rpm drive and a 5400rpm drive is much less noticeable.


    What do you mean data drive? Like install win on SSD and install games and programs on HDD.
    But it has only a 16 mb cache. Will 32 MB cache of WD HDD(s) show considerable difference. I am thinking of going with the SSD.
    *I have a 7400 RPM HDD Only. I was mistaken.


    Precisely. But if you don't want the hassle of reinstalling windows, you can pick up something like the Mushkin catalyst cache drive:
    100GB version: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226336
    50GB version: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226335
    I own the 100GB version, and all you have to do is plug it in, install the cache software, and within a couple days of use, it is leaps and bounds faster.
  4. expl0itfinder said:
    thiduck said:
    expl0itfinder said:
    I would choose a 128 gig ssd, and use the old HDD as sort of a data drive. The performance difference is night and day. The difference between a 7200rpm drive and a 5400rpm drive is much less noticeable.


    What do you mean data drive? Like install win on SSD and install games and programs on HDD.
    But it has only a 16 mb cache. Will 32 MB cache of WD HDD(s) show considerable difference. I am thinking of going with the SSD.
    *I have a 7400 RPM HDD Only. I was mistaken.


    Precisely. But if you don't want the hassle of reinstalling windows, you can pick up something like the Mushkin catalyst cache drive:
    100GB version: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226336
    50GB version: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226335
    I own the 100GB version, and all you have to do is plug it in, install the cache software, and within a couple days of use, it is leaps and bounds faster.

    What is a cache catalyst? Will it work like a boost for hdd or is it a SDD itself. Coz Mushkin is not available here.
    But I am looking to buy a 128 GB 130MB Samsung SDD -which is 100USD.
  5. Mushkin catalyst cache is an SSD that comes with free cache software. You plug it in via SATA, power up the computer, and install the software. Then, you restart your computer, and from then on, the software will track what files you use most often and moves them to the SSD. In a few days, the whole system is much faster and more responsive. But if you do not mind reinstalling windows, then Samsung makes the best SSD's around right now.
  6. expl0itfinder said:
    Mushkin catalyst cache is an SSD that comes with free cache software. You plug it in via SATA, power up the computer, and install the software. Then, you restart your computer, and from then on, the software will track what files you use most often and moves them to the SSD. In a few days, the whole system is much faster and more responsive. But if you do not mind reinstalling windows, then Samsung makes the best SSD's around right now.


    Alright last question?
    Is mushkin having a special cache algorithm or will any ssd (Samsung) do the job??
  7. thiduck said:
    expl0itfinder said:
    Mushkin catalyst cache is an SSD that comes with free cache software. You plug it in via SATA, power up the computer, and install the software. Then, you restart your computer, and from then on, the software will track what files you use most often and moves them to the SSD. In a few days, the whole system is much faster and more responsive. But if you do not mind reinstalling windows, then Samsung makes the best SSD's around right now.


    Alright last question?
    Is mushkin having a special cache algorithm or will any ssd (Samsung) do the job??


    Well I don't know. The software may only be compatible with mushkin catalyst drives, and you can't download the software without a product code from one of the drives. However, I know that Intel makes some sort of caching software, but I do not know much about its compatibility.
  8. expl0itfinder said:
    thiduck said:
    expl0itfinder said:
    Mushkin catalyst cache is an SSD that comes with free cache software. You plug it in via SATA, power up the computer, and install the software. Then, you restart your computer, and from then on, the software will track what files you use most often and moves them to the SSD. In a few days, the whole system is much faster and more responsive. But if you do not mind reinstalling windows, then Samsung makes the best SSD's around right now.


    Alright last question?
    Is mushkin having a special cache algorithm or will any ssd (Samsung) do the job??

    Well, I am going with the samsung. Intel costs way too much compared to this and has lesser cache.
    Anyway Ty for your help.

    Well I don't know. The software may only be compatible with mushkin catalyst drives, and you can't download the software without a product code from one of the drives. However, I know that Intel makes some sort of caching software, but I do not know much about its compatibility.
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