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show user profile  Manolo
Hi there,

for some stupid reason my pc's c: drive is ridiculously small, and it's getting quite inconvenient.

Supposedly, all I have to do is get a new one, clone the old one and replace.
Is it so?
Any tips (from reliable hdd brands to where I'm supposed to connect the new one for cloning?

Thanks a lot.


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3/24/2015 12:08:38 PM (last edit: 3/24/2015 12:08:38 PM)
show user profile  Nik Clark
Get an SSD. Many Samsung ones come with the software you need to clone the disk.

SSD = turbo awesome.

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3/24/2015 12:12:51 PM (last edit: 3/24/2015 12:12:51 PM)
show user profile  Manolo
Hi Nik!

I've got one now -I agree, it's awesome-, but it's 120GB! So samsung is OK? I'm going for it any moment now


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3/24/2015 1:00:12 PM (last edit: 3/24/2015 1:00:12 PM)
show user profile  Nik Clark
I've only ever had a Samsung, but I've never had any problems with it. I need to get a bigger one, mine is also 120 GB. It's not enough!

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3/24/2015 1:03:50 PM (last edit: 3/24/2015 1:03:50 PM)
show user profile  Dave
I got some tiny 60-ish gig SSD back when they were still new, thinking that it would be all I'd need. But with the constant windows updates and programs that refuse to install anywhere else but the C, or software that does install elsewhere but dumps some stupid cache/history/archive/temp thing on the C... it rapidly filled up.

I swapped it out for a 256gig'er a little while back and remember it came with software for easily cloning/moving the old drive onto the new one, buuuut what they don't provide you with (understandably) is that neat little USB cable thingy to do it. I was tempted to buy one, and I'm undoubtedly going to need/want one in the future, but decided on the standard format > re-install route.

What a boring story. Sorry about that.

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3/24/2015 11:01:43 PM (last edit: 3/24/2015 11:01:43 PM)
show user profile  Nik Clark
Some Samsung drives come with the USB connection thingy. I think it's called the "upgrade kit" rather than just the bare drive.

I've lost it now, of course, but I did have it at one point.

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3/24/2015 11:33:34 PM (last edit: 3/24/2015 11:33:34 PM)
show user profile  Mr_Stabby
I've got a 240 drive for system and its still too small :p No wonder though since I keep 4 different versions of max, vs, ps and a pile of other programs on it... Next time I'll be getting a terabyte minimum.

Always remember to set up a backup for your SSD's though. If a HDD fails, 9 times out of 10 you'll be able to get the data off it with no additional costs and rest of the time, if its the pcb they aren't very expensive to replace. If a SSD fails though you're in a world of pain since it requires specialized equipment to recover and costs a lot and sometimes can't be recovered at all.

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3/25/2015 12:26:50 AM (last edit: 3/25/2015 12:31:06 AM)
show user profile  LionDebt
Yeah don't own an SSD myself (but with my recent hard-drive heart attack... I might invest)...

What are the speed gains like? Is it mostly noticeable on booting up / starting programs? Loading / saving files?

I can see it being very useful for video recording / editing. But I don't do very much of that. How about as scratch space?

I'd primarily just use an SSD as my current C drive. Ie. A partition for Windows. And a seperate partition for programs (Max, zBrush, Photoshop, etc etc), with a totally separate HDD for saving data, files, projects etc and my trusty external TB of backed up super important data, files, projects etc...

Am I doing SSD If I had an SSD, would I be doing it wrong?

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3/25/2015 1:18:54 AM (last edit: 3/25/2015 1:18:54 AM)
show user profile  Mr_Stabby
Assuming you'd want to partition it to avoid fragmentation - theres no point, makes no difference for SSD.

The benefit comes in 2 shades: 1) faster overall read/write speed makes any file read/write ~7x faster on a SSD 2) over 1000x faster seek time which makes non-sequential reading/writing a lot faster, this is only really useful if you're dealing with drive bound large databases.. a regular user can see it at work when playing certain large or badly optimized games or when using the drive for a scratch disk.

Beware using the ssd as a scratch medium though, consumer grade stuff needs at least 250+ gb drive to keep working for 5+ years if you work with photoshop a lot and plan to put its scratch disk on it... Mine started losing capacity around 3 years in but I also wreck it with lots of other cache type activity.

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3/25/2015 1:46:34 AM (last edit: 3/25/2015 1:46:34 AM)
show user profile  joelr
I have a Samsung pro 840 256gb as my system SSD. Don't get a smaller one...
Also, it comes with some software- Samsung magician, which I recommend you install.
There are some recommendations on the software for using the SSD that you should follow if you want better performance and long life.
Because the SSD is built differently then an HDD you should pay notice for these recommendations.
Using a SSD is usually the biggest upgrade You can do that you will notice. It affects load time of windows, programs, saves files fast and everything related to your C drive (it depends what you choose to put there, if you have 2 SSDs etc).

Just so you should know, there is a speed reduction over time on SSDs. My drive is about 2 years old and the speed tests show that it's speed has reduced by half (checked a few days ago. After I formatted and reinstalled win7). It's still fast though. And it is common on SSD.

Anyway, good luck

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3/25/2015 2:55:50 PM (last edit: 3/25/2015 2:55:50 PM)
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