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5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent performance and power consumption, 12 Oct 2013
This upgrade has at least doubled video editing performance and increased the battery life by over 50% on my Core i7 Windows 7 ASUS laptop. Worth the money? That you would have to decide, but its probably the only upgrade I've ever done that really did give a significant across the board performance improvement. Heavily disk dependent application Memory-map just flies across the screen, a 35MB spreadsheet opens almost instantly and I can see the cores working harder!
I chose the Crucial 960GB SSD over the Samsung 1 TB for several reasons, but the key ones being the price and only marginally worse performance. Others were its internal space management options and a feeling that it might have slightly better longevity than the Samsung 1TB because of its older design. The only thing that worried me about the Crucial from one review was its power consumption stats compared to the Samsung, but comparing the values to HDD saw that it was a significant improvement anyway - and the results above demonstrate this to be the case.
The whole "limited write" thing with SSD and the 72TB write guarantee concerned me at first, but after considering this carefully with a disk this size that should simply not be a problem unless you are a data maniac, especially as Crucial look at 720TB write being the target life span. Even at 72TB you would have to be writing 10GB per day to wear it out in 20 years, but its still why you should switch off things like defrag and enable write cache (which Windows 7 does automatically).
I had also looked at replacing the BlueRay Disk with a HDD caddy and using a smaller SSD with the old HDD, but in the end decided that this was not really worth it as (a) it was fiendishly more tricky to do (b) I'd have to carry around an external DVD/BR and (c) I wasn't just looking for an operating system / boot time performance improvement, especially as the ASUS "instant-on" is pretty good and (d) 1TB was finally available.
Installation was relatively easy with the laptop manual, the right screw drivers, and the OCZ SSD Upgrade kit which is a bit of a bargain as you get a portable USB case for your old disk rather than just a cable and some restricted Acronis software to transfer everything. The latter is very flexible in allowing you to control the conversion, allowing me to expand the separate partitions on my disk during the transfer process. So the steps were as follows... install Acronis, put SSD in USB drive case, copy disk (will take a long time), take out HDD, put in SSD, restart. System boots up just like it did before.
I had, of course, made sure that everything was fully backed up before I started and that was a great comfort when things were proceeding, especially when Windows 7 rebooted itself, but that was just to reset its configuration to the optimal SSD settings, like trim, which I checked and it had done flawlessly. The only additional thing I chose to do was disable paging which as the web hints is not an issue if you have 8GB of RAM or more and most apps are still 32 bit.
Finally, "Disk data transfer rate" on Windows Experience index went up from 5.6 to 7.9.