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  • peak4
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    Originally posted by Naughty Nigel View Post
    Windows 8.1 and 10 will not defrag SSD's, but Windows 7 will if it doesn't recognise the drive as an SSD.
    Yes you're quite correct; I hadn't realised the time of day when I posted and had to curtail as I was due out for lunch.

    There are a number of "go-faster" stand-alone utilities which some folks have installed though; they might not make the same distinction, and should have that function disabled.

    I've already got an SSD in my normal PC, but took up one of the ebay special 20% discount offers to pick up a couple more.
    One of these I've just filled with a sector by sector echo/copy of my C drive.
    It now lives in the safe, though I hope I don't need it; My intention is to do periodic copies, especially before instigating one of the major windows updates e.g. 1803 → 1903.

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  • Naughty Nigel
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    Originally posted by peak4 View Post
    Glad it works, but don't forget to disable any auto defrag programs you may have had running on the old drive.
    Windows 8.1 and 10 will not defrag SSD's, but Windows 7 will if it doesn't recognise the drive as an SSD.

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  • peak4
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    Glad it works, but don't forget to disable any auto defrag programs you may have had running on the old drive.

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  • MJ224
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    Originally posted by shotokan101 View Post
    Be c areful as you need to clone the current internal system drive to the ssd - but the ssd is an internal ssd so will need to buy a suitable external disk caddy to mount it in initially so that you can connect it via USB to clone the current system disk befire fitting the cloned ssd drive internally....

    Jim
    Thanks Jim. All sorted now, I have a store of old HD's from years past so have the connectors to run them off the USB. Cloning was surprisingly easy, with free software (AOMEI), and swapping the Old HD with the new SSD only had a small hitch. Due to the different thicknesses of the two drives, first time I inserted the new drive , it fell below the connectors, and obviously would not boot up. A few seconds of panic were had before I realised the problem. After connecting it properly, all systems were go. I had to put in my passwords for the Adobe software, otherwise just passwords to my usual sites like this.

    Again thanks to all for advice and help...……….

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  • shotokan101
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    Be c areful as you need to clone the current internal system drive to the ssd - but the ssd is an internal ssd so will need to buy a suitable external disk caddy to mount it in initially so that you can connect it via USB to clone the current system disk befire fitting the cloned ssd drive internally....

    Jim

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  • Naughty Nigel
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    Originally posted by Harold Gough View Post
    I would say 1TB minimum if you have lots of images.

    Harold
    The trick is to install the OS and apps on SSD and keep large images on a spinning hard drive.

    I prefer to either use a small-ish dedicated SSD for this purpose (say 256 GB), or in the case of a laptop, partition a larger SSD, setting aside (say) 256 GB for the OS and apps. That way I can keep the OS and apps entirely separate from my own work and images.

    I do not use C:/ drive for any of my own files except through My Documents, My Pictures, etc., and even then I like to move these libraries to another drive or partition if I can.

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  • Harold Gough
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    Originally posted by Keith-369 View Post
    It's called 'Samsung Magician' and it's very useful. I use the 'Performance Optimization' every week on all drives (because I have 'C' as the operating system and programs and 'Z' as data saving) just to keep things running smoothly.

    Find it here -
    https://www.samsung.com/semiconducto...umer/magician/

    Glad you got sorted

    That was installed on my PC when the original SSD failed after about 4 years and I had a new one installed. I have never touched it.

    A tip: Apart from Windows, my software is mostly installed on my data drive. So, no reinstallation worries for them when the SSD is replaced.

    Harold

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  • Harold Gough
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    I would say 1TB minimum if you have lots of images.

    Harold

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  • Naughty Nigel
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    Originally posted by wornish View Post
    I had exactly the same experience.
    It feels like a brand new computer.

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  • Keith-369
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    You're welcome.

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  • MJ224
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    Originally posted by Keith-369 View Post
    It's called 'Samsung Magician' and it's very useful. I use the 'Performance Optimization' every week on all drives (because I have 'C' as the operating system and programs and 'Z' as data saving) just to keep things running smoothly.

    Find it here -
    https://www.samsung.com/semiconducto...umer/magician/

    Glad you got sorted

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  • MJ224
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    Originally posted by wornish View Post
    Wel Done for seeing it through. Think I told you it would make all the difference.

    I had exactly the same experience.
    It feels like a brand new computer.

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  • wornish
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    Originally posted by MJ224 View Post
    Flies...…………..
    Wel Done for seeing it through. Think I told you it would make all the difference.

    I had exactly the same experience.
    It feels like a brand new computer.

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  • Naughty Nigel
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    I am pleased to hear that yours is working well Keith.

    There is a lot of talk about SSD's having a limited read/write life but I have had no problems. Some of mine have been in constant use for three or four years now and they still report 100% life remaining.

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  • Keith-369
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    Thanks Nigel. You mentioned that when I was seeking help here trying to understand the problems of moving to a SSD, your advice was very helpful.

    That's one of the reasons I have tried to help Mark in this thread. I'm happy he's chosen the SSD I recommended, I hope it will serve him as well as mine is serving me, and that it all worked out well for him.

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