05-13-2014 10:33 AM
05-13-2014 10:44 AM
man i'm not sure how i managed to mess that link up. "yeah heres the link for the .iso i got"......."Tom that's an ssd"....oops! haha here is the correct link!
I used the windows 7 x64 pro link in the top answer
05-13-2014 10:50 AM
05-13-2014 11:00 AM
phewf...thank goodness. Are there any additional steps to uninstalling windows 7 from the other drive to free up space? Or would you guys recommend avoiding this all together and just cloning the hdd over to the ssd (providing I free up enough space). I just feel like that doens't allocate the things correctly or won't have it set up with trim very well.
05-13-2014 11:07 AM
05-13-2014 11:15 AM
Thank you much for the help. Do you recommend the 120GB m500 from crucial? It has pretty fast read speeds at around 500mb/s, but sadly it's got only around 130mb/s for write. I'm assuming that really isn't too important, especially seeing as i'd be using the other hdd for writing things to. I also have an external usb 3.0 2tb storage device i use to record things to.
05-13-2014 11:23 AM
05-14-2014 05:01 PM
Crucial is a great company to buy from with excellent customer service and policies. Prices change, but with no idea what this does to your budget I recommend a 256Gig SSD as a boot drive even though you have a spinning drive to save bigger files.
The larger SSD will allow more programs to fit -- therefore speed up minute-tominute processes. I edit photos a lot on my machine (w520) and want programs like Photoshop and Lightroom to react quickly.
I have the 256Gig Samsung 830 in my w520 original bay and an older Intel 80Gig mSATA in the PCIe slot mentioned in posts above. The first move to SSD boot took my boot files from the HD spinning drive to the mSATA and I later moved the boot to my then-new Samsung 830. There is good advice above and in many other threads about the migration of your boot routines. Do take out the spinning drive while you re-install.
Good luck! you'll be amazed.
05-15-2014 01:43 AM
05-15-2014 01:52 AM - edited 05-15-2014 01:53 AM
@ h2k "YOu can deactivate your conventional HDD in wondows disc management. Mine is deactivated and only activated to create an image backup of my SSD every 2 weeks. I can fit 2 complete images on my HDD so i have good backup history. "
Valid strategy. However, depending on your usage patterns and type of work you do, your main SSD may age faster than necessary owing to (a) many write cycles, done into (b) decreasing free space (available cell blocks).
This combination is the silent killer 99.9% of all FLASH devices such as SSDs, killing them softly in performance - and eventually, in life ETA.
You may be better off by activating your 2nd HDD and moving there all the data, docs, downloads, temps, caches (except OS/filesystem). Then you set it to sleep (spindown) in 30s, to avoid its power consumption and noise when idling (95-99% of the time). Mitch