Intel 510 would be a good choice. So far there haven't been any issues or problems. In terms of synthetic benchmarks the 510 is not a speed demon but in real world applications it can definitely hold it's own.
An ssd will not improve web surfing. You're are at the mercy of your Internet Service Provider. I'm stuck with Cox Cable. Performance is inconsistent.
An ssd will not improve email. Human reading and typing skills are the bottleneck.
An ssd will not improve movie watching. A hard disk drive is sufficient for watching movies.
An ssd will improve Adobe Photoshop and other image editing software performance. In addition to load times, you can expect some improvement in batch processing, rendering processes, and file conversions. I've got CS5 and although I am retired I still do some semi-professional work on a part time basis.
An ssd will not improve anything that requires a lot of human typing and mousing. For example, I create PHP scripts, web pages, databases, and documents. All of it is dependent on my own research, typing, and mousing skills. That fastest ssd in the world will not help me.
It may sound like a lot of negative comments but it isn't. The bottom line is ssd performance depends on usage.
July 15, 2011 11:28:28 PM
Thanks for your reply!
I know it will not improve any of those things I mentioned, I type fast enough as it is
It was just to give you an idea of what I need.
I don't need a speed monster .. I need something reliable.. I can't risk getting my disc wiped because the controller is freaky.. I need it to run and do it's job, and not fail.
I want SSD since my laptop is so much on the move (so no moving parts is nice), and I am afraid that my current disc will die soon.. + no sound, not getting hot is a big plus.
I am under the impression that Marvell controllers are reliable(?).. and Sandforce are having a lot of issues..
So I guess it's the Intel 510 or Crucial m4?
Intel 510 it is then?
Price is not a big factor .. the disc needs to be 200-300GB and work
Yes, you can clone your current hard disk drive. However, the preferred method is a clean install.
The Intel SSD ToolKit will help optimize performance. A lot of the performance tweaks you may have read about are no longer considered necessary. In fact, it now appears that some of the performance tweaks may actually have a negative affect.
Here's an up to date article written by tecmo and published by Tom's Hardware:
1.Disable System Restore
2.Disable drive indexing
3.Disable the page file
5.Disable prefetching in the registry
6.Disable Windows' write caching
7.Disable the SuperFetch and Windows Search services
8.Disable ClearPageFileAtShutdown and LargeSystemCache
9.Adjust power settings
Afterwards I activated Windows Search service, since search was disabled in outlook.
I am now experiencing some problems with the performance of my laptop.. It can "freeze" for a minute, and then start working again .. It happens quite a lot .. I have also had 1 blue screen ..
Should I enable some of the stuff again? Maybe the paging file?