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Replacing HDD with SSD


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Right now i have 2 Western Digital HDD C: an D: , i was thinking of getting a SSD for now to replace the drive my operating system is on.

 

This original HDD is a SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 64MB Cache, second hdd is the same.

 

Eventually i will replace the second. These drives are still so expensive when getting up in GB.

 

Is there certain things to consider for it to be compatible with my system, except the connection,SATA.

Also fitting properly in case, 2.5" in bays where the original HDD was.

 

ASUS Essentio CM6730

 

Operating System
            Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64-bit

        CPU
            Intel Core i5 2320 @ 3.00GHz  Sandy Bridge 32nm Technology

        RAM
            16.0GB Dual-Channel DDR3

        Motherboard
            ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC. P8H61-M-Pro (LGA1155)

 

Was looking at this SSD http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820148821


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Hi there.

There isn't anything to worry about regarding compatability.

The only other issue like you mentioned would be the mounting. You will probably need a bracket such as
http://www.newegg.co...4-085-_-Product
 


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Hi there.

There isn't anything to worry about regarding compatability.

The only other issue like you mentioned would be the mounting. You will probably need a bracket such as
http://www.newegg.co...4-085-_-Product
 

Thanks for the response.

Yes this was one of my concerns, fitting it in the drive bay.

 

May have different types of brackets i will look more.

 

Have to take measurements, i have 3 bay slots on this tower.


Edited by jds63, 22 July 2014 - 02:14 PM.

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 I have more questions on this thread.

 

When first setting up a new SSD is it any different then setting up an HDD Drive ?

 

I mean any special steps to do, software or drivers i may need.

 

I have everything backed up i need, driver to, i also have the original Operating system disc. which i would usually do a clean install.

 

Anything in BIOS settings, i run right now at AHCI mode, do i keep it that way, i would assume so because other should be IDE ?
 


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It is for all intents and purposes, exactly the same as a hard drive. Just stored differently internally.

AHCI would be the optimal setting, apart from that, anything else would be the same as for any hard drive.

Just not recommended to defrag SSD's because they store data differently due to the limited write cycles.


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It is for all intents and purposes, exactly the same as a hard drive. Just stored differently internally.

AHCI would be the optimal setting, apart from that, anything else would be the same as for any hard drive.

Just not recommended to defrag SSD's because they store data differently due to the limited write cycles.

O.K. thank you, been in process of looking for best prices on some SSD's.

You mean never, ever Defrag ? Or not as much.


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I got my answer, i get it now see the reasons not to.

 

Wonder how long an SSD can last, from writing, erasing (deleting) and rewriting.

 

Compared to a HDD.

 

http://forum.crucial...loss/ta-p/71051

 

 

Update: this answered my other questions

 

Great article, like this magazine too.

 

http://www.pcworld.c...sd-storage.html


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Another good article on SSD for anybody wants to know and learn more like i do.

Just doing my homework first.

 

http://www.pcworld.c...drives-hum.html


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Which one would be better for having the operating system on.

 

Most likely buy a second one, would want one for my OS system one for other stuff, like PC games.

 

 

Crucial MX100 CT256MX100SSD1 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Or

Samsung 840 EVO MZ-7TE250BW 250GB

 

If i go with one, might be this  Crucial MX100 CT512MX100SSD1 2.5" 512GB SATA III

 

Trying keep prices lower, tight budget :D


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Realized in most models the more GB's the more read/write speed they have.

 

I am most likely buying this one for now  http://www.newegg.co...8-821-_-Product

 

Good price, good ratings.

 

Problem was looking for the right mount for the SSD

OP mentioned this one, good in case i may get another one, decent price also. http://www.newegg.co...4-085-_-Product

 

Just hoping it will fit good in my 3.5" bay.

 

One thing in reading that concerned me was controllers drivers, i have Intel now do i change this or does drive come with other, not to sure on this subject ?


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The controller driver in your system that is powering your hard drive will work the same for the SSD.

 

There is an on board controller for the SSD but that isn't something you have to worry about as its all part of the electrickery.

 

The crucial 512 is a bit of a beast from what I can see (I haven't actually used one) and is among the fastest as well.

 

As regarding mounting, don't worry too much about which one you get, it's only a bracket, as long as it fits then it will do its job. The SSD's weigh almost nothing so it doens't have to hold much more than its own weight.

 

I've held one in just screwing one side to the hard drive slot before and it holds in place perfectly. It just upsets my OCD not to have it mounted properly.


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Yes, i can't remember if they mentioned Marvell controller in an article for the Crucial SSD.

 

And yes i did my research on SSD's this has been getting good ratings for a low budget Drive.

I was looking for one for my budget.

 

Yeah my concern was that it will fit in my bay looking at the image of the bracket online and the dimensions.

 

Back to controller drivers, my system also uses what's called Intel Management interface, not sure if i need to reinstall this software it runs in backround.?

 

I have the drivers for the controllers and i am most likely going to do a clean install of my Windows 8.1 Pro 64bit again, rather then a making an image.

 

Attached image of my device manager. 

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