Installation of an SSD drive is no different to installing any other drive. Connect the SATA and power cable, and you are good to go. Once you power on that PC of yours, the first thing you'll notice; no more noise. That by itself is just downright weird opposed to the old fashioned spinning platters on a HDD.
My system boot drive many moons ago was a WD Raptor and when that HD is crunching, you know the HDD is alive alright. That's just no longer a reality. You will look at the SSD wondering "is that thing even working?", while the Windows Vista logo has already appeared on your monitor.
So no more purring and resonating or other weird noises. Completely silent, I like that very much.
The second factor you can rule out is heat. Modern day HDDs tend to get hot, or at the least quite warm. When not cooled down they can reach 40-50 Degrees C pretty easily. No worries though as the HDD can handle it, yet the SSD remains completely cool to lukewarm. Most SSD drives will get to roughly 28-30 Degrees C.
Then there's that first boot up on the SSD, weird... it's fast... really fast. That's where you'll get the first smile on your face. But let's talk about taking some precautions, remember this is an MLC based drive, we want it to last at least ten years right?
SSD life-span recommendations Drive wearing on an MLC based drive will always ghost in the back of your mind. Here are some recommendations and tips for a long lifespan and optimal performance. Basically, what is needed is to eliminate the HDD optimizations within Vista (that cause lots of small file writes like superfetch and prefetch), things like background HDD defragmentation (that causes lots of small file write drive activity). In short (and this is for Vista):
Drive indexing disabled. (useless for SSD anyway, because access times are so low).
So make sure you disable prefetchers. Also, especially with Vista, make sure you disable defragmentation on the SSD disk. You do not have a mechanical drive anymore so it is not needed, let alone you do not want defragmentation to wear out your drive, and Vista does this automatically in idle mode.
Don't get me wrong though, you could do a defrag without any problems, you just do not want that to be regular.
For Superfetch/prefetchers and other services, at command prompt just type:
Use Vista's services to disable them. To disable defragmentation:
Vista Automatic Defrag:
1. Click Start 2. Click Control Panel 3. Select the Control Panel Home 4. Click System and Maintenance 5. Under the Administrative Tools section at the bottom, click Defragment your hard drive 6. You may need to grant permission to open the disk defragmenter 7. Click or unclick Run automatically (recommended) depending on if you want this feature enabled or disabled. 8. Click OK
OR alternatively at the Vista start prompt just type : dfrgui
Now over time your SSD will get a little fragmented. Simply do manual defragment folks; the difference between daily automated defragmentation or doing it yourself once a year... is a big big difference.
Apply common logic and sense, always. And good news, Windows 7 will have many improvements and tips like shown above already automatically set up for you.
OCZ Agility 3 SSD review OCZ is about to inject an SSD into the market that is labeled Agility 3 SSD. What's the difference in-between Agility 2 and now 3 you might ask ? Well, two primary things really, controller and NAND flash memory type. Labeled with advertised speeds of of 525 MB/sec with write speeds of 500 MB/sec this product should be really interesting for many of you.
OCZ Agility EX SSD 60GB review Today we test the OCZ Agility EX SSD. If 100% reliability is your thing then this is the cheapest SLC based SSD with an Indilinx controller that you can think of. The OCZ Agility EX offers top notch performance and reliability, we honestly believe in the theory that the SSD could probably outlive you.
OCZ Agility SSD 120GB review The OCZ Agility series SSD is an accumulation of all the latest breakthroughs in SSD technology, including controller design, spiffy read/write speeds, and 64MB of onboard cache, yet with this series, at a somewhat better price. See, by doing so OCZ shaves another 20 to 25% off the sales price.