Question: SSD/Win7

Anyone have any experience running SSD drives under Windows 7? Google returns a mishmash of opinions. I’m going to drop a little 32Gb drive into my Win7 box at work as a secondary drive to host Visual Studio, my development files and probably my Linux virtual machine.

Any special tweaks I’m going to need or does Windows 7 handle SSD well, out-of-the-box, like it promises?

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No experience, but a series of articles at Anandtech talk about alignment issues with different Win versions and TRIM support. My recollection is that with Win7 it should all just work. Start with http://www.anandtech.com/storage/showdoc.aspx?i=3631

I tried installing Windows 7 over my copy of Vista with an SSD installed. Before wiping it did a hardware check and nicely offered this status box:

“Your system checks out! Windows 7 will run great except for the following:

– SS Hard Disk Drive

[Continue] [Cancel]”

INSTALL RIGHT INTO RAM, BAYBEE

make sure you buy a drive with TRIM support. not all of them support TRIM in their firmware. w/o TRIM … (blue balls joke) files frag pretty harshly.

Running 2 x 160 GB RAID-0, Intel X-25M G2. No problems at all. The key thing they say is the controller. Do not buy SSD with JMicron controller. Intel or Indilinx controllers are the way to go.

SSD is probably my next upgrade. I’m thinking the Intel X-25M’s.

I run a single 160gb X25 on my win7 laptop. Works exceptionally well.

Windows scores me at 7.6 out of 7.9 on the experience meter. Actually my 1333 DDR3 ram is now the lowest rated component.

80gb x25m g2 as a windows 7 64 bit system drive here.

Awesome, and no problems at all.

Just remember — SSD drives have a finite and limited lifespan – between 1 to 10 years, depending how often you write to it!

I’d strongly encourage you to think about something like moving your C:\Users\myname\AppData\Local\Temp and C:\Windows\temp to a permanent drive, if not your entire user to reduce the amount of writing going on to your SSD.

You can minimize the amount of “relocation confusion” that might occur by using something like “Junction” to hard-link the directories to a different device rather than messing about with registry entries.

Also – think really carefully before defragging an SSD. If you really feel you have to, use something like defraggler and use the “quick defrag” option to minimize the amounts of relocations done.

“Intel will guarantee that you can write 100GB of data to one of its MLC SSDs every day, for the next five years, and your data will remain intact.”

My computer has been in the computer cemetary long before that guarantee voids…

Got my first SSD earlier this month, had to firmware it (Intel X-25M 2nd Generation). All I have on it is EQ2 & Windows 7.

If I can get 5 years out of a piece of hardware I’ll be happy enough. I cycle my PCs every 4 years as it is.

precisely. The system the drive lives in will be long gone before the drive reaches senility territory even if it [i]was[/i] being used as heavily as they guarantee it can, which it isn’t.

Also intel drives have their own management software for things like defragging which I have scheduled to run weekly.

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