Windows 10 on SSD and not on HDD


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    Windows 10 on SSD and not on HDD


    In my experience, Windows 10 run without problems in a computer with a solid-state drive (SSD). However, if the computer has a hard disk drive (HDD), Windows 10 will run slow and installed programs will load and run slow.

    I think many people could note that, but I don't find any link or source to support that.

    Does anybody know any source or web page that recommend to install Windows 10 on a SSD and not on a HDD?
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    Never had any issues swapping a platter with Solud State.
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    jbeteta said:
    In my experience, Windows 10 run without problems in a computer with a solid-state drive (SSD). However, if the computer has a hard disk drive (HDD), Windows 10 will run slow and installed programs will load and run slow.

    I think many people could note that, but I don't find any link or source to support that.

    Does anybody know any source or web page that recommend to install Windows 10 on a SSD and not on a HDD?
    Yes win10/11 seem worse on a mechanical disk than for example win7. They appear to be more demanding. I havent seen any documentation on that but it has been my observation.
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    jbeteta said:
    I think many people could note that, but I don't find any link or source to support that.
    There are multiple articles, web pages and even videos measuring and comparing the results, load time, sleep, wake, etc.

    Windows 10 runs pretty well on SSD, my current desktop is set up this way.

    In my case, I also have a secondary hard drive (mechanical), and configures my Windows to use THAT drive for swap/virtual memory, to avoid using swap on my SSD (increase life expectancy). There are arguments and debates about this, I know, but this is my personal preference.
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    I've experienced this.

    I HAVE installed Windows 10 on a HDD in the past. It is NOTICABLY MUCH slower than having Windows 10 on an SSD.
    Download: Process Monitor (from Windows Sysinternals)

    Open Process Monitor.
    Now scroll through the list of the HUNDREDS of little tasks that your computer is making your drive send to your RAM and the drive writing information to itself, within a 1 second time span. An SSD transfers this information immediately compared to a HDD.



    (edited 6:43 AM local time. Had a small logistics typo...)
    Last edited by pepanee; 05 May 2023 at 08:45.
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    jbeteta said:
    In my experience, Windows 10 run without problems in a computer with a solid-state drive (SSD). However, if the computer has a hard disk drive (HDD), Windows 10 will run slow and installed programs will load and run slow.

    I think many people could note that, but I don't find any link or source to support that.

    Does anybody know any source or web page that recommend to install Windows 10 on a SSD and not on a HDD?
    HDDs operate at approx 100 MB/s, SSDs 250-500+MB/s - draw your own conclusion.
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    It's obvious booting Windows from a SSD will be quicker due to much higher disk read / write speeds. A while ago I replaced the HDD in my Dell laptop with a SSD and the boot time reduced from well over a minute to about 15 seconds.
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