Join Date : Aug 2015
Posts : 37
Windows 10 Home 64-bit
SSD - Get One NOW!
I would like to relate my experience here. I have a HP Envy from 2011. This was a "top of the line" computer back then coming with an i7 cpu that I use for both video editing and rendering and programs such as PhotoShop and other resource intensive applications.
It ran Win7 with no issues and was quite quick and responsive. I am power user type and love to tweak with setting so naturally I was excited when Windows 10 was released and immediately installed it the first day it became available. My system crawled and I was devastated thinking that my wonderful "workhorse" of a system was going to have to be put out to pasture!
I tried everything...every suggestion...and while some improvements were gained in bootup it still was around 3 full minutes from bootup until the system was stable enough to actually press the windows key to get the start menu to actually display and any program to run. Never figured out why however, I decided to try one last thing because most of the problem seemed to point to the hard drive as the bottleneck.
I researched solid state drives and found that SamSung Evo had the best rating based on testing and more important (to me) consumer experience and testimonials. Another MAJOR PLUS was that it cames with a cloning program (at no additional cost) that actually works!
I went from a 750 gig drive to a 500 gig drive so I had to move some data off the drive (big things like music, videos, and photos) to bring it down to around 400 gigs with all the actual programs still installed. One reason I wanted to clone the drive was to avoid having to reinstall endless (and very large) programs!
The cloning took 6 hours which I let run overnight. In the morning the system said that the clone was finished and successful. I was excited...I shutdown the computer...opened it up...removed the "old" drive...installed the new SSD...put the back back on...crossed my fingers and pushed the power on button.
I was amazed at how quickly it booted. It went from 3 full minutes to being usable to 15 seconds! Yes, 15 seconds! It is faster than the day I bought it back in 2011 and I can see getting another 3 years out of it!
The cost for this SSD was $160 and I can honestly say I have never spent better money on anything - ever.
If you are frustrated with slow boot times I totally recommend this tiny investment. It gave me a whole new computer.
Computer Type Laptop System Manufacturer/Model Number HP Envy 15 3040nr OS Windows 10 Home 64-bit CPU Intel i7-2670QM 2.20GHz Motherboard Hewlett-Packard 1688 (CPU1) Memory 16 Gigs Graphics Card DELL S2415H (1920x1080@60Hz) Intel HD Graphics 3000 (HP) 1024MB ATI AMD Radeon 6600M and 6700M Serie Screen Resolution 1920x1050 pixels
Keyboard Wireless Logitech Mouse Wireless Logitech Case Original Cooling Internal Hard Drives Samsung EVO SSD 500 GB Internet Speed 100 Mps Browser Chrome, Edge, Opera, MSIE 11 Antivirus Norton Internet Security Other Info Purchased the system in 2011
I experienced that 3 years or so ago, a revelation !!! Not only BOOT times but responsiveness when opening programs too. A large Excel file or MS publisher open faster than I can remove finger from KB and together with it's corresponding program. That used to make annoying noises from HDD for 10 seconds, This summer I got another SSD, 240GB for main system and using older 120GB for experimenting with other OSs.
Computer Type PC/Desktop System Manufacturer/Model Number Home grown, home schooled. OS All kinds CPU AMD FX 6350 Be @4.7 GHz Motherboard GA-990XA-UD3 (rev. 1.1) Memory Kingston HyperX DDR3 1866 MHz Graphics Card MSI AMD R7 260 oc Sound Card Realtec 888 onboard Monitor(s) Displays 24" and 22" Screen Resolution 1920 x 1080
PSU Sharkoon, Silent Storm 660W Case Chieftec Dragon Full tower Hard Drives Kingston V300, 120GB
Silicon Power Velox 70- 240GB
WD 750 GB Green
WD 350 GB Green Internet Speed 15/3 Mbps Browser Firefox Antivirus WD, MBAM
Like CountMike I also experienced the jump a few years ago when the OCZ Vertex 2 was the top SSD to have. It made such a difference.
So when I replaced my old computer with this one I made sure it would have the latest SSDs from Samsung. This year I made the jump and removed my last hard drive so I now have three SSDs which are super fast (see specifications).
Computer Type PC/Desktop System Manufacturer/Model Number Custom build OS Windows 10 Pro / Windows 10 TP / Windows 8.1 Pro / Windows 7 Pro CPU i5-6500 Motherboard Gigabyte B150-HD3P-CF Memory 16GB DDR4 2133 Crucial Ballistix Sport LT Graphics Card MSI GeForce GTX 1060 GAMING X 6G Sound Card Intel Display Audio Monitor(s) Displays Liyama ProLite XB2483HSU-B2 Screen Resolution 1920 x 1080
Keyboard Func KB-460 (MX Red) Mouse Corsair Gaming M65 RGB PSU Corsair RM550x Case Fractal Design Define S Cooling Cooler Master TX3 i Hard Drives Crucial MX200 500GB & Toshiba DT01ACA300 3TB Browser Google Chrome Antivirus Bitdefender Total Security 2016 + MBAM Pro + MBAE Pro Other Info Creative Sound Blaster Tactic3D Rage V2 headset
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