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July 24, 2012 9:33:52 PM

I'm new to using an SSD and recently bought one for 90(60 after MIR): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA0SF...
I installed windows on it and did all the updates and have like 18 gigs left (started from 55.7). Except for the noticeable change in windows start up, I'm wondering is it really worth beyond that.. Before an SSD, I used to put my computer on sleep. So my question here is, should I keep the SSD(please give reasons why) or can I just go back to using my HDD and putting the computer on sleep? Also if putting a computer on sleep is bad, could you tell me how.

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a b G Storage
July 24, 2012 9:57:17 PM

You can still put your PC to sleep with an SSD. Been doing it for a couple months now without issue.
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a b G Storage
July 24, 2012 11:28:24 PM
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a lot of those tweaks do nothing since windows7 already takes care of it(i'm looking at you superfetch/prefetch). there are articles pointing them out as myths with microsoft engineers as references.
Not saying all are bad, there are some good tweaks, but most are myths, and others go against the benefits of the SSD because people are afraid of "using it up".

e.g. I should want my browser caches to be stored on SSD, cause that's actually stuff that I want sped up, not slow. The tweak to move that is misguided.


That being said. if Space is your issue, then first find that space, since that seems to be your main issue.

To regain space, most likely you need to specifically get rid of:
1) hibernate file for hibernate or hybrid sleep (regular sleep still works)
2) page file for virtual memory (set to something small, or disable...).

Just look over your C:\ drive and report back where all your space is going. Add it up by going through each of your folders and see if it matches with your C:\ total
That is your MAIN issue.
The stuff about optimizing for performance is a lesser issue



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For your main question. Why should you have SSD?

It's to make your computer faster.

No other thing will speed up "productivity" compared to increasing storage speed. Most delays are waiting on I/O these days and not CPU.

Why would you have the justification spend extra $100 for cpu upgrades which gets you maybe600mhz faster. Straight math should tell you this is maybe a 15% increase.

Comparatively spending $100 on SSD which will get you 100% increases in real-world activities.

Part of your problem, is you made a mistake in buying perhaps too small of an SSD, so you're left to micromanage space to make it fit, and SSDs lose speed the more full they are.

If you had like a 128gb ssd, you would get pretty much all the speed increases and not have to worry about anything or worry about having to tweak. This includes using sleep/hibernate and everything the same way. (but if you do some tweaks you could go even faster or recover some space.


If you go along the thought process, Well I can wait the extra second or 2 seconds so why do i need it.
Then you end up realizing that your computer from 10years ago was good "enough" to do what you want it to do too, so why aren't you using your 10year old computer.
a b G Storage
July 25, 2012 12:09:58 AM

When I got my SSD it halved the startup time and was four times faster at loading apps, do you consider it worth it to spend money on a SSD to get this much improvement? I guess that its a personal judgment.
July 25, 2012 12:33:09 AM

I did pretty much all the tweaks, and now I'm at 30 gigs with one game on there which I'll probably move to my HDD. Except for the windows start-up increase, I really didn't feel ar performance increase so that's why I asked if its worth keeping for me. I could put back a 100 in my wallet if I decide to use my HDD for windows instead which I'm fine with. I usually put my computer to sleep rather than shutting it off
July 25, 2012 12:35:27 AM

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a b G Storage
July 25, 2012 1:13:54 AM

pjmelect said:
When I got my SSD it halved the startup time and was four times faster at loading apps, do you consider it worth it to spend money on a SSD to get this much improvement? I guess that its a personal judgment.


you must have a really slow SSD. mine cut start up times in sixth from a cloned drive not even a clean install.
a b G Storage
July 25, 2012 1:15:01 AM

Zav said:
I did pretty much all the tweaks, and now I'm at 30 gigs with one game on there which I'll probably move to my HDD. Except for the windows start-up increase, I really didn't feel ar performance increase so that's why I asked if its worth keeping for me. I could put back a 100 in my wallet if I decide to use my HDD for windows instead which I'm fine with. I usually put my computer to sleep rather than shutting it off


your games will load faster and if you play BF3 your chances of getting the ONE lav/bmp at the beginning of the round is TEN times better.
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