My desktop motherboard only has SATA II, so I suspect that it wouldn't receive the full benefit of having that SSD in it.
The laptop is older than my desktop's motherboard.
I have never seen my laptop's performance with a HDD in it.
It did not have a HDD or SSD in it when I received it.
The boot time is ~20s (my desktop takes ~50s to boot these days).
Shutdown normally only takes a couple of seconds.
Nonetheless, there are noticeable delays (2s to 3s) in programs and files opening.
The delays are present in W7 and LM17.1.
I only use the laptop as a media player (i.e. it is connected to our TV).
- A huge number of backup HDD images
- At least 1 TB of VMs
- At least 1 TB of media files
All of those files are also backed up on internal and (multiple) external HDDs.
My PC has 8 TB of internal storage.
I have 10 TB of external storage for holding my backups.
Now you know why I laugh at people who say, "store everything in the Cloud."