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rhk217
07-04-2013, 06:57 AM
Hello,

So I am noobie when it comes to internal hard drives and I know even less about SSD drives. I am considering adding an SSD to my G46VW and I had seen the assemble and disassemble videos on youtube, and I think I saw somewhere that a usual SSD wont fit into the G46VW.

So what I wish to do is add an SSD while retaining the poor 5400RPM 750 GB HDD.
Will this be suitable? If not (or even if this is suitable) please explain what variant of SSD I am to use.
http://www.flipkart.com/samsung-840-series-120-gb-ssd-internal-hard-drive-mz-7td120bw/p/itmdhwymqtah96pg?pid=IHDDHWYABREGBTAB&ref=eb724eba-a630-4c74-91ba-5d401cf06f99&srno=t_1&otracker=from-search&query=samsung%20ssd

Thanks.

ggBanks
07-04-2013, 07:30 AM
The SSD you have posted the link to is a normal 2.5' SATA SSD which can be used to replace the HDD you have now. Since you explicitly said that you want to keep your HDD then you have to look for an mSATA SSD which is a smaller variant and will fit inside your laptop. Hope I helped :)

rhk217
07-05-2013, 10:52 AM
Sure did. Thanks.

One more thing. So any SSD that has a 2.5' build factor wont be appropriate for my needs right? Just confirming.

ggBanks
07-05-2013, 11:40 AM
Yes then you will have to replace your HDD

bignazpwns
07-06-2013, 07:40 AM
Just go Mushkin Atlas Enhanced. Then you could always ram cache with the ssd...or to the 5,300rpm drive.


Screenshot 240gb Atlas MSATA SSD left. turd ball 5,300rpm drive on the right using ram caching. This was just a single run. Not to bad.


Also note that was a clean image install off recovery dvd's and i just clicked whatever setting up the ram cache to get it running. Nothing is optimized because this is not my pc and i was just testing some new ram in it and had it on hand so i figure what the heck i'll just show you you what i mean.


And when loading wow on the SSD with no ram cache vs a 5,300rpm drive with ram cacheing i was timing the load screens and they were about even give or take 1 second. Some times the SSd was a second faster some times the ram cached 5,300rpm drive was. Not a SSD replacement but cheap alternative to keep a give drive and give it a bit more umph.


Pic of the benches.
http://i1216.photobucket.com/albums/dd370/ogeanog/IMG_20130704_042852.jpg

rhk217
07-07-2013, 04:57 AM
bignazpwns,

So I can superspeed my sucky HDD with ram cacheing? I'm completely new to the concept of ram cacheing. Could you explain it a bit more?

I would be more interested in ram caching my HDD than getting an SSD because simply I don't have the money right now :P

ggBanks
07-07-2013, 06:20 AM
RAM caching would require a lot of memory and with your 8GB that would somewhat cripple your machine. Your best bet is to buy an mSATA SSD and forget about all hassles. Besides RAM caching requires more software to be installed on your machine, which is always bad news when it comes to the Windows registry. Just my opinion :)

Djask
07-07-2013, 08:57 AM
ggBanks is right. You should get an mSATA SSD. If you want to keep the HDD this is the only option to go unless you opt for an external HDD, which is impractical. The best mSATA would probably be the Crucial M4 256GB.

Zygomorphic
07-07-2013, 10:25 AM
I would second the advice against RAM caching. The Windows operating system wasn't made to support it, so it causes problems. LINUX on the other hand, can do more of that, since it has native support for RAM filesystems (and has for years). Also, with only 8 GB of RAM, you probably couldn't allocate enough to make it worthwhile. If you had 16 GB, then maybe, but even then, that's a stretch. RAM disks (and RAM caching) are best when you have 24-32+GB of RAM.

rhk217
07-07-2013, 11:04 AM
Allright, thanks guys. I'll stick with this drive for now, till the prices of SSDs come down. ;)

Zygomorphic
07-08-2013, 02:16 AM
Allright, thanks guys. I'll stick with this drive for now, till the prices of SSDs come down. ;)
Best plan, IMHO. Actually, if you still want storage capacity, I would recommend looking into the solid-state hybrid drives made by Seagate. I have one of them, and it is actually quite fast for booting up LINUX.