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New laptop want to switch to SSD's


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Hi

Buying a new HP dv6t-7300 SATA 3 laptop i7 3740qm 2.7GHz processor and want to instal an SSD or maybe 2 of them.

I have a Intel 520 in a i7 machine now and it works well...fast. I am no expert but seem to get by and need to get educated a little.

What would be the fastest most reliable 120 GB SSD's out there ?...Might as well optimize this machine. I really do not need more than 120 GB but if bigger is faster with SSD's then why not.
If I set 2 ssd's up in raid for speed...how much quicker should I expect it to perform ? Would the difference between 1 and 2 drives show up in CrysalDiscMark ?

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I'm sorry if I'm missing something here Woodrow but how do you propose to install two hard drives, SSD or not?
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Now I realize the dv6 may not or does not have 2 bays so I am screwed.....dang. I was under the impression that is had 2 bays from the salesman. Dang.

EDIT Ok I called and swapped it out for a DV7 so I am back in business again. Sorry for my stupidity. Part of the learning curve I guess. I am sure there are more mistakes to be made !

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Edited by woodrow896, 16 February 2013 - 06:48 AM.

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You're welcome. :thumbsup:
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I was looking at this 120gb RAID 0 review of the Intel 520 120GB and seems like they would work for me if they are reliable...I guess while I am learning I don't need to put 5-600 bucks into larger drives for a little extra gain. This review answered some of my questions. The 520 single 120gb I have had now going on a year seems fine and makes for a decent score on crystaldiskmark.
Any other suggestions ?
http://www.rwlabs.co...19&pagenumber=5

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Woodrow can I ask a question and please do not think that I am trying to insult your intelligence.

What is this primary concern with a RAID aspect when, seemingly, you were not aware of how many hard drive bays there were on the laptop in question?

The Salesman needs firing as far as I am concerned.
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No problem. I am trying to get somewhat educated and am unfamiliar with RAID setups in laptops...or any RAID setup for that matter because I really do not need it for anything other than I am at the point of being curios as to how fast I can make this new machine go..Probably will get my education the hard way it looks like. I appreciate the patience of you good folks and will try to get a handle on it.
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Click Specs in the link below.

In this list of options from HP which did you chose or did you buy it as a pre-configured box?

http://www.shopping....ion-Notebook-PC
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That's the one...Lets see... it was a custom and I ordered the GT 650M with the 3740 processor. 9 cell battery and the basic 750 HD.
Probably should have got the better screen but I am not big into games or movies. I realize the video card is probably overkill/mistake.
In fact the processor is overkill for my actual needs.
STD DVD burner and 8G ram. Backlit keyboard. They gave me 100 bucks off on it. I had real good luck with HP service on my existing laptop.
My HD died a month into it at noon one day and they overnighted one to me and by 4 30 the next day I was up and running.
This is what I will have to work with so it would be fun to play around. I am open to any suggestions.
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Edited by woodrow896, 16 February 2013 - 10:12 AM.

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What might have been better, depending on your wallet, would have been the 750GB 7200RPM HDD and 16GB of memory.

The upside is that you have 3 x USB 3 sockets on board but that doesn't make any difference to the overall speed but is great for future-proofing on modern external HDD's

If you want to obtain an SSD then do so but the question remains; "How fast is fast"?

In 2 years your laptop will not be state of the art any more.
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I will go with the SSD's for the heck of it. I noticed my virus scans were up to 4 times faster with one 520 120gb on my existing. I have not had much luck with hard drives living and I back everything up often. I also had 2 Intel 510 ssd's fail for no good reason as well all covered by warranty promptly.
The 520 has been great.
I am skeptical of using windows 8 and am wondering if I can put in the SSD out of my HP dv6 with win 7 and the 2630 i7? I am hoping it would automatically update the drivers. Would the win 7 allow the machine change or would microsoft force me to buy another copy?
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........and am wondering if I can put in the SSD out of my HP dv6 with win 7 and the 2630 i7?


I am uncertain what you mean mate.
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Take it out of the year old machine and put it into the new one.
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Ok

Well again I am assuming that the old drive will have an operating system on it and if it has and you put that drive into a new machine then you will get hardware mismatch errors.

You would have to reinstall Windows 7 via the back to factory recovery disks to alleviate this aspect.

If you have not made any then this is not a good route to contemplate.
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I was thinking that just maybe it would automatically update the drivers being the machines are very similar...
That would probably end up to be a can of worms. I would rather have win 7 only because I am unsure of what the changes
and associated grief level will be with win 8.
I also have a device that is for XP and it seemed to work with win 7 . I have win 7 pro but oddly the device I am talking about would not work in XP mode. It is an eprom programmer. I really need that to work and if I could get around buying a copy of win 7 that would be great. .
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