Here are the basics you really need to take advantage of a new SSD.
1st: Get the largest drive you can. The larger the drive, the greater your wear leveling space.
2nd: Get one with a good reputation, and a company standing behind it. Plextor, Samsung, Crucial, and Intel make great drives, and would all be highly recommended.
3rd: Being as this is a slightly older system, avoid exotic drives, such as Sandforce based drives. The reasoning, is that these drives tend to have a higher rate of incompatibility.
4th: Leave a small amount of space unused. Many people like to leave a space unpartitioned - a few GB is plenty, you just want to ensure there is always space available for wear leveling.
5th: STRIP Windows functions that are not necessary. Kill Superfetch, Indexing, and any other service that likes to write to the disk repeatedly. If you have enough ram, kill the paging/swap file. Get rid of the hibernate function. This has the added benefit of freeing up space equivalent to the amount of ram you have. Use Disk Cleanup to remove all the extra Windows installation files.
Lastly, understand that 99% of the performance gain is from the SSD not having to wait to access data. Don't get hung up on it "only" being capable of 250MB/sec. Those drives are still insanely fast, and unlikely to disappoint.
Edited by waldojim42, 18 January 2014 - 08:38 AM.
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