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recently been thinking of getting a smallish (probably 64gb) ssd and putting windows, anti-virus and ms office on it. reason for wanting one is because boot up is fairly slow at the moment and defragging and optimizing the drive does little to speed it up.

i know very little about ssd's so thought i'd ask a friend who knows more about them and he says not to bother, and just save up for a bigger ssd and put everything on there and when asked why he just says dont bother with a small ssd. now as thats a very poor argument, i thought i'd ask you guys as some of know a good deal about technology.

so basically just want to know if its worth getting a ssd purely for windows or just wait and get one large enough to store everything on
 

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There's 120GB SSD's out there just now for under £50 so i'd go with one of them.

More reliable in laptops for moving about as they have no moving parts. Windows and programmes will load up much faster and respond much faster than before as well. Even in a desktop it's still much faster to boot up to windows and then settle down. Everything from game levels to MS office loads up rapid. Can't recommend them enough
 

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Following are some benefits of using SDD

1. SSDs can absorb more G Force than HDDs
A key difference between Hard Drives and SSDs are in the way they are made. HDDs are literally small disks that spin around, with code embedded into the magnetic coating to store data. SSD drives, on the other hand, use flash memory and so are a great solution for mobile devices like laptops.

2. SSDs have more longevity than HDDs
The lifespan of a Hard Drive is around 25% shorter than that of SSDs because of the moving parts described above. With HDDs, you are facing a mean average of 1.5 million hours before failure as opposed to a mean of 2 million on SSDs.

3. SSDs have a faster boot up speed
Hard Drives require a warm up period before they begin working properly due to the moving parts they contain. The average system boot up with SSD storage is 10-13 seconds. The comparable boot up time for a system containing HDD storage is 30-40, which is at least three times slower.

4. SSDs are quicker at read and write operations
SSDs have a far higher read/ write speed, which means much faster upload and download of data. This can be almost double in some cases. Research shows that Hard Drives read and write between 50-120MB per second. In comparison, SSD drives read and write at a minimum of 200MB per second and PCIe SSD’s can reach as much as 2000MB/s read and write speed, which is huge in comparison.

5. You can open files faster with an SSD
The file opening speed of an SSD is around 30% faster than that of a Hard Drive too. This results in more operations and a more efficient system overall.

6. SSDs use less power than HDDs
Tests show that HDDs draw around 50% more power than SSDs, which impacts on battery life as well as electricity bills. Added to this, SSDs produce cooler machines, which can be important in environments where heat will affect the performance of the equipment.

I hope this will be helpful!
Mark Wilson
 
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