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Quick & dirty testing a new SSD?

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May 27, 2011 4:24:30 AM

I just ordered an SSD but won't have time to fully install and test it until after I have to mail in the rebate form. But I would like to make sure its not DOA when it arrives. Can I just plug it in and scan it as a secondary drive? Is there some sort of freeware/trial version of a utility that will run a quick/ish scan to make sure everything "works" without going through a whole benchmarking suite? (Does chhkdsk still exist under Vista and will that work on an SSD?)
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May 27, 2011 5:35:58 AM

If you've got a working system then just plug the SSD in, partition it, do a quick format, then run a utility like HDTUNE to do a quick performance test.
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May 27, 2011 1:44:21 PM

OK, thanks, I wasn't sure an SSD worked quite exactly like a mechanical HDD as far as setting it up goes.
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May 27, 2011 5:18:51 PM

Yep, it's a SATA device and as far as the system goes it works just like any other SATA disk drive. The only difference to the system is that it reports a rotational speed of "0 rpm" which Windows uses to determine that it's actually a Solid State Disk.
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