Friday, May 4, 2012

Using a Solid State Drive to Speed Up Windows 7

Solid State Drives have been available for a several years now,and offer a considerable advantage in terms of speed of access compared to conventional hard drives.
If you install the Windows 7 operating system on a solid state drive, expect faster boot times. (As little as 9-10 seconds). And amazing input/output speeds. You will be transferring those large files in no time!
So,what is the difference between a Solid State Drive and a conventional one?
SSDs employ similar technology to that found in flash memory cards such as those found in Digital Cameras and camcorders. There are no moving parts and data is stored similar to that of a RAM module. Data is quickly accessed and retrieved.
Normal hard drives are constantly spinning and can be loud or a nuisance. Solid state drives are quiet and much more compact than your average drive. However, one downside to solid state drives is the life of them. They are typically only good for a certain number of read/writes and are more prone to crashes and failures. Hard drive failure can be common among them after years of use.
A modern conventional hard drive has a read speed of about 106MB/s and an access time of about 12ms. Compare that to around 270MB/s and 0.08ms for a Solid State Drive,and you can see just how much quicker an SSD can be in accessing your data!
Installing Windows 7 on an SSD requires a different approach to disk management than that of using a conventional disk. You typically need to install certain drivers to make the solid state drive work properly. The windows installation process will guide you through this. 

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