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March 17, 2010 at 8:18 am

How To Use A Solid State Drive

Hello everyone,

I’m considering buying a Solid State Drive (very expensive but the prices are coming down) and today I would like to tell you how I plan to use it.

In a previous post I talked about Solid State Drives (SSD’s). These super fast hard drives don’t have spinning platters like traditional hard drives but instead use flash memory much like a USB flash drive. SSD’s are super fast – your applications will launch instantly, games will load faster than ever before, your OS will boot up in seconds and there are no mechanical parts to make noise,  heat up, or break down!

My plan is to have a two drive system and use the SSD as the boot drive only. I don’t need a large boot drive because I will only install my OS (Windows 7) and applications on it. My drive of choice is the 80GB Intel X25-M. Smaller means less expensive.

The second HD will be a large traditional spinning drive. Here I will keep all of my data, temporary files and swap file (it’s always a good idea anyway to keep these separate from the drive which contains the Operating System). This second drive will be much larger (something like this) which will allow for plenty of storage space for all of my pictures, videos, music, and other data.

With the small SSD as my boot drive and the large spinning HDD for storage, I’ll have the best of both worlds and a very fast system!

Professor randy says: A Solid State Drive will enhance your computers performance like nothing else. Now that SSD prices are coming down you may want to take them into consideration!



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