Solved SATA or SSD as boot disk for a faster Asus P5L-MX mobo

April 10, 2014 at 04:04:49
Specs: Windows XP, 3 GHz / 2 GB
With an Asus P5L-MX mb, SATA or SSD boot disk?

I have a PC with Asus P5L-MX mb. I want to upgrade it and I would like to add the best processor, the maximum memory and the fastest storage solution.
For the processor and the memory the things are clear.
What should I use as boot disk, SATA or SSD, which is fastest? Are there any pros and cons?
Thank you very much!

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#1
April 10, 2014 at 04:30:27
SSD is by far faster than SATA.

Bear in mind that SATA only refers to the interface for the drive and not to the internals. An SSD drive will still be SATA but an SSD drive will be capable of taking full advantaged of SATA 3 which a magnetic drive cannot.

An SSD drive uses less power and therefore generates less heat and is more robust as there are no moving parts to get damaged.

An SSD drive has everything going for it except one, it will be more expensive. SSD drives are about twice the price per Gbyte than the equivalent magnetic drive.

Stuart

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#2
April 10, 2014 at 05:09:13
Thank you very much Stuart,

So, I will connect the SSD on the SATA cable? Do you know if my mb (Asus P5L-MX) has a SATA 3 connection? Can I put any SSD on my mb or I must choose a certain one?


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#3
April 10, 2014 at 07:12:51
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All SSD drives will be SATA.

However, looking at your Motherboard specs it is an old one and only appears to support SATA 1. SSD drives will work on SATA 1 but only at SATA 1 speeds but still faster than a magnetic drive.

Personalty I wouldn't bother upgrading this Motherboard. I would save my money and get something more modern that will enable you to run Windows 7/8 which this one wont.

Stuart


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#4
April 10, 2014 at 07:50:21
Thank you Stuart,

I'll think about.
Maybe I'll buy a small SSD, 30 GB, only for booting and the Program Files.
Do you know if, using Ghost, I can tranlate directly the image I have of my HDD (a Maxtor one) on the SSD?
Or I have to install XP on the SSD... all the updates... all the programs... the hell...


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#5
April 10, 2014 at 10:14:59
You will have difficulty transferring an image if the two disks are of a different size.

Stuart


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#6
April 10, 2014 at 10:37:16
"Maybe I'll buy a small SSD, 30 GB, only for booting and the Program Files"

30GB is way too small. You can get a 120GB SSD for under $75. I wouldn't consider anything smaller than that.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews...

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#7
April 12, 2014 at 16:47:08
Thank you Stuart, thank you Riider,

I understand your points of view.

I looked in the market and there are plenty of SSD Sata 3 available at reasonable prices. Few more questions, please:
- do you think the SATA cable I have on my Asus P5L-MX would work with SATA 3 SSD or I will need an adapter?
- do I have to do any special settings in the BIOS in order for the SATA 3 SSD to work?
- my only concern is that my mobo will not recognise a modern SATA, should I look for an old SATA 1 SSD in the market?

Anyway the worst news is that I cannot use my old Ghost image of the drive and I will have to reinstall everything from scratch...

C'est la vie ... Tks

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#8
April 12, 2014 at 21:16:55
SSD drives will be SATA 3 now and if you looked around, you might find a SATA 2 version. Better would be to read the specs carefully and make sure that the drive you purchase is backwards compatible to SATA 1 and not just SATA 2.

Do not spend too much on the old system, it is not worth it, the SSD drive will be about the most you should consider and then only if you cannot afford replacing the system completely. Just make sure that the drive you purchase is practical if you decide that you really need to build a new system from scratch so you will be able to use it again on the new one.

Remember that the XP install disk does not support installing to SATA drives directly and only supports SATA after drivers are installed. You need to use a legacy mode during the install and then move to full SATA speeds after the drivers are installed (exception: customized install disk).

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#9
April 13, 2014 at 11:49:10
Use paragon or Easus to clone the drive

A thank you would be nice, if I have helped.


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#10
April 14, 2014 at 14:05:14
Thank you Fingers,

I would appreciate if you could detail on "You need to use a legacy mode during the install". Do I have to install the XP on a different drive and after installing the SATA drivers should I try to move the system (how?) on the SSD SATA drive and declare it boot drive? Is there a program that could do this?
Paragon or Easus, as Clive mentioned?


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#11
April 14, 2014 at 14:08:53
Thank you Clive,

I will start looking for Paragon and Easus and see how they work


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