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System drive of SSD 120 GB and hard disk as secondary storage

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November 30, 2013 9:10:05 AM

I have a 100 GB C drive in my HDD and rest 3 are partitions for other use. Is it possible if I buy a SSD drive and make it the system drive (C:)  and make hard disk as secondary drive? The purpose is to increase system's performance because my C drive is used the most by Windows 8 a nd other heavily used software like Photoshop, Visual Studio etc.

My preferred SSD 120 GB is http://www.flipkart.com/kingston-sv300s37a-120g-interna... for ~ $100 is the cheapest in my region. I have 4 GB RAM and 0.3 ~ 0.5 GB remains unused most of the time. Usual RAM usage is 3.4 out of 3.8 GB in in task manager.

Will SSD as my primary system drive will increase the performance, boot time, software start-up time etc.? I do not do large file transfers often.

My CPU is: Intel Core i3 540 @ 3.07GHz Clarkdale 32nm Technology
Motherboard: Intel Corporation Model DH55PJ

Hard disk details are attached below:

Manufacturer Western Digital
Form Factor GB/3.5-inch
Business Unit/Brand Desktop/WD Caviar
Heads 16
Cylinders 60,801
Tracks 15,504,255
Sectors 976,768,065
SATA type SATA-III 6.0Gb/s
Device type Fixed
ATA Standard ATA8-ACS
Serial Number WD-WCAYUK364498
LBA Size 48-bit LBA
Power On Count 837 times
Power On Time 345.5 days
Features S.M.A.R.T., AAM, NCQ
Transfer Mode SATA III
Interface SATA
Capacity 465 GB
Real size 500,107,862,016 bytes
RAID Type None
November 30, 2013 9:15:14 AM

get the ocz vertex,samsung or corsair,kingston sucks,these will greatly increase your system's preformance as a system drive
November 30, 2013 9:17:44 AM

nick3232 said:
get the ocz vertex,samsung or corsair,kingston sucks,these will greatly increase your system's preformance as a system drive


Actually I wanted to know if SSD (any good brand) is better as system boot drive instead of HDD?
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November 30, 2013 9:56:09 AM

I think that's what nick3232 said. Anyway, yes an SSD is a better system boot drive than an HDD, although I would be very leery of buying anything OCZ right now because of their bankruptcy.
November 30, 2013 11:39:46 AM

Morituri said:
I think that's what nick3232 said. Anyway, yes an SSD is a better system boot drive than an HDD, although I would be very leery of buying anything OCZ right now because of their bankruptcy.


Thanks. Do you think I should upgrade RAM too? Will my current motherboard work with Core i5/i7 3rd gen. processor? Because I am planning to upgrade my PC to core i5 or i7 3rd gen. + 8 GB RAM (current 4 GB is in a single card slot and I have one more slot left for RAM) + 120GB SSD as primary disk + Motherboard if needed.

Actually the system is just able to meet my needs and might continue so for a year maximum, because I always keep my software updated which makes my hardware less powerful. So, I will upgrade within a few months.

Instead of boot system SSD, should I go for hybrid SSD/HDD? My primary usage is my C drive for OS and heavy software. I don't do gaming.

Please suggest.

Operating System
Windows 8 Pro 64-bit
CPU
Intel Core i3 540 @ 3.07GHz 56 °C
Clarkdale 32nm Technology
RAM
4.00GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 665MHz (9-9-9-24)
Motherboard
Intel Corporation DH55PJ (XU1) 47 °C
Graphics
SMB2030 (1600x900@60Hz)
Intel HD Graphics (Intel)
Storage
465GB Western Digital WDC WD5000AAKX-001CA0 ATA Device (SATA) 49 °C
Optical Drives
HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GH22NS50 ATA Device
DTSOFT Virtual CdRom Device
Audio
High Definition Audio Device
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