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    Solid State Drives

    Hi Guys,

    I am after some recommendations please from those of you who have used them,
    I am looking to upgrade some old Dell Latitude D531ís that we have, there a little slow
    but with a little TLC can be improved.

    I am looking at 2GB RAM upgrades at around £47 each, 802.11n wireless cards are £12 each and will be looking for SSDís, 64GB should be enough but 128GB is also an option there only for pupil laptops and at the moment less than 10GB is used on the drives.

    Hopefully with these updates the laptops will give me another year so I can budget for a new laptop trolley.

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    are the windows xp if so ssd's need vista or above really or they age prematurely. other than that they will make any pc faster

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    £47 for 2gb ram?! You can get single 2gb ddr2 notebook memory for £21 exvat, £47 seems a bit extreme?

    edit: if you're only using 10gb hdd space why not just go with some 32gb or 40gb ssds? Hell of alot cheaper
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    There currenly running windows 7, as for £21 fir 2gb ram were is that from my price was from crucial

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    Quote Originally Posted by staningrimsby View Post
    There currenly running windows 7, as for £21 fir 2gb ram were is that from my price was from crucial
    here you go: http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MY-159-CR&groupid=701&catid=8&subcat=936

    they happily deal with schools too also scan and novatech have some a bit cheaper but theyre not branded.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sted View Post
    SSDs need Vista or above
    Don't you mean Windows 7 or above? Vista doesn't support TRIM.

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    There are tools like Intels SSD optimiser mean you can effectively use SSD's without OS built in TRIM on Vista, XP:

    http://download.intel.com/design/fla...hite_Paper.pdf

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    Wouldn't recommend it anyway. Besides if it can run 7, do run 7. Not worth the hassle of using already defunct and soon to be unsupported operating systems. However on older laptops I would question if it's worth it - yes they will be massively improved with ram (as above you wont need to pay more than 20 quid - nearer 15 quid exc VAT). Not sure how well the processors (Turion?) will cope with it or indeed the laptop BIOS. I suspect it will hold an SSD back and you'll never get the full benefit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by synaesthesia View Post
    Wouldn't recommend it anyway. Besides if it can run 7, do run 7. Not worth the hassle of using already defunct and soon to be unsupported operating systems.
    Neither would i in this case but it is an option for older machines where putting a new operating system on it is too costly or result in a slower machine.

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    In case you haven't got any solid state drive yet, and want something that's reliable. DO NOT BUY ONE. They fail in a range of 2 years. Even when you treat them as you should.

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    Do shush @Vierkantdel , if you're going to sign up just to rant about something YOU have had a problem with then this probably isn't the place for you.

    ** edit ** I stand slightly corrected, this is a youth problem as this is a student. @Vierkantdel you'll do well to tone it down a bit! Not all SSD's are equal and the majority of us have been in the business long enough to know when something is bad. There are some really bad ones (all original sandforce drives and very notably the Sandisk Ultra drives and OCZ Vertex 2) but the majority are absolutely fine. Solid state storage has been around longer than you've been alive!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vierkantdel View Post
    They fail in a range of 2 years.
    I have SSDs that are approaching 4 years old, so that isn't true at all.

    Did you buy OCZ SSDs?

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    I am looking for a 250GB SSD for my laptop...can anyone give me some pointers as to price and brand...having NEVER dealt with one for lappys I dont know the quality....also if they have migration software so I can transfer everything that too would be awesome

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    Exactly the same as for desktops. Samsung 840 would be top of my choices due to cheer performance and reliability seen from the 830s. If you have any concern at all over reliability, then plump for the Intel drives but there will be a financial cost to that. You can get a "Laptop pack" from Samsung which means it comes with a great USB>SATA adapter and Acronis software for exactly that purpose too.

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    Other than amazon or ebuyer (I dislike both for electrical or hardware purchases)....anywhere to pick the full kit up?



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