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July 24, 2013 7:43:56 AM

First time poster here, lets see how it goes!

So I recently upgraded my toshiba laptop with a 256GB 840 Pro (killer deal too, only $220 bucks)

The drive seems fast, and I can definatly tell a difference opening programs and in overall load time & performance.

However, I am wanting to squeeze every bit of juice out of this thing that I can. Any tips or "tweaks" that I can do alongside the SSD install to really boost performance more? I'm running a dual core 2.6Ghz processor with 4GB of ram, not sure if those are going to be a factor in overall speed.

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July 24, 2013 7:48:31 AM

forumguy302 said:
First time poster here, lets see how it goes!

So I recently upgraded my toshiba laptop with a 256GB 840 Pro (killer deal too, only $220 bucks)

The drive seems fast, and I can definatly tell a difference opening programs and in overall load time & performance.

However, I am wanting to squeeze every bit of juice out of this thing that I can. Any tips or "tweaks" that I can do alongside the SSD install to really boost performance more? I'm running a dual core 2.6Ghz processor with 4GB of ram, not sure if those are going to be a factor in overall speed.


Add more ram to the system the processor will be the overall limiter but if you add more ram it means less writes to the drive and faster overall response times. Consider 8Gb if possible or more.
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July 24, 2013 7:49:12 AM

More ram will help prolong the life of the drive and more ram in conjunction with the drive will make the machine even more responsive.

Assuming you did a clean install instead of a clone windows will know its using an ssd and make the appropriate internal changes. Keep ~30g open on the drive so it can shuffle things around.

Otherwise just have at it.
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July 24, 2013 11:30:10 AM

I cloned it over, not a fresh install... Should I format and do a fresh install? Or will the things on the list mentioned above be good enough?
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July 24, 2013 11:34:15 AM

Fouchey said:
http://www.computingunleashed.com/tweaks-to-speed-up-ss...

Edit: If you did a fresh install some of these will already be in affect. Also be careful with some tweaking as it may cause more writes on the SSD shortening the life. Good luck!


Realistically , using the computer a few hours a day (saving website design files & uploading to FTP), surfing the net, and streaming vids here and there, what kind of life expectancy can I get out of this drive. I'm thinking I should probably get an external for doing regular backups.

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July 24, 2013 11:54:06 AM

forumguy302 said:
Fouchey said:
http://www.computingunleashed.com/tweaks-to-speed-up-ss...

Edit: If you did a fresh install some of these will already be in affect. Also be careful with some tweaking as it may cause more writes on the SSD shortening the life. Good luck!


Realistically , using the computer a few hours a day (saving website design files & uploading to FTP), surfing the net, and streaming vids here and there, what kind of life expectancy can I get out of this drive. I'm thinking I should probably get an external for doing regular backups.



I would definitely get an external for backups if I were you. This is what I do at least. For what you are using your SSD for you could easily get over 10 years.. From what I've read the 840 Pro will last 10 years from 50GB of writes per day which I doubt you will ever get close to. It will most likely die from other reasons before writing causes it! Also yes I would do a fresh install if I were you. Your computer will recognize the SSD and make changes based on it to optimize it. It would make your life a little easier though you could go and manually do it yourself if you wanted to. Good luck!

Edit: Scroll down about half way and it shows write limits
http://www.ubergizmo.com/2013/05/samsung-840-pro-review...
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July 24, 2013 11:55:09 AM

You should definitely do a reinstall from scratch.

To make the transistion less painful use Easy Transfer Wizard. It will export your settings for windows and any software you have installed that keep their settings in the correct profile locations. It also exports your data if you use the normal libraries or have your folders mapped to the libraries. When you do the import all you need to do afterwards is install your software and it should automaticly pickup on most if not all of your previous setting. Tis handy as fuck.

As for the drive. It will last you longer than the drive is relevant. I have several 830s, 840s, and some 810s. So far none have failed and I have several 810s in a raid 0 on an lsi controller that doesn't know what the hell a ssd is and they are still going strong.

That being said, backups are still important. If that ssd dies for whatever reason its not like a magnetic drive where you can swap the controllers and other stuff to try to save the data. Its just flat out dead and gone.
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