should I change ssd drive

May 16, 2020 at 02:25:12
Specs: Windows 10 Pro, A8 7800, 16 GB DDR3
I have bought M79 Lenovo tower CPU. Newly installed windows 10. I've installed 64 GB SSD SanDisk and a 500 GB SATA HDD. After windows and acronis true image 2020 it has 29 GB of free space.
There are 2 issues. Suggestion is also needed.
1--- I feel windows boot time is a bit slow. Should I check drive with utilities? Or I replace the SSD. What will be the procedure to check boot time?
2 -a- How much free space required should a windows to run? I need to install some softwares i.e. Office, Autocad, Photoshop and others, so it will take 15-20 GB. Windows update will also take space.
2 -b- Should I change SSD drive (a bigger) or install softwares to other SATA drive?
2 -c- Should I use some other verison of windows? Windows 10 pro is istalled.
Kindly help.

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May 16, 2020 at 02:39:07
Stick with W10 & get a much bigger SSD.
I have W10 on 3 comps all installed on HDD. Not as fast as a SSD, but that does not concern me.
I have a small SSD for backups.

To do a clean install of W10, no other drives should be connected.
During the install, Delete all the partitions, keep hitting Delete until Delete & Format are greyed out & you are left with Unallocted.

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May 16, 2020 at 05:38:09
The SSD drive is a bit small. Already half of it is occupied by Win10. Leave at least 1/4 or better 1/3 disk space FREE.
Definitely install large applications and data on another disk.

Slow boot: does your motherboard support SATA3? Did you use a SATA3 cable?
Anything in the event-logs that point to performance issues?

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May 16, 2020 at 05:47:21
I would have thought a 500Gig SSD was more than enough for windows - with the usual applications included; and have a second drive for files etc.?; and an external HDD for "backups".

I'd use an SSD for main drive, either SSD or HDD for second.

Initially I'd be much inclined to run a few cleaner apps. to see what is running around and which you don't know about. Also if this was a preconfigured system(?) likely it's got a lot of what some call "bloat ware" included at the tme it was setup prior to you buying it. Often some can be removed fairly easily, or at least disabled; and some not so easily.

A clean (re-) install - where you decide what goes in - would resolve the bloat ware issue of course. But initially run a few cleaner utilities first as that may resolve most (if not all) the slow boot issues etc.?

Adwcleaner, CCleaner, Malwarebytes are the three that usually get first looks... All have free versions so need of paid for versions.

If you do go a clean install, then Johnw's advice re' ensuring "only" the intended drive is connected (all others being disconnected) is very sage and wise to follow. Avoids unintended events from occurring...

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May 16, 2020 at 06:37:03
The price difference between SSD and HDD is still a factor - especially when looking at larger SSD drives.

A 1TB SSD is typically around £100 - more/less - and 2TB approximately double that; depending on the brand and where you buy it.

I can see Johw's point re' using an HDD as main drive - as the cost of a 3.5ins 1TB HDD will likely be from about £50 - depending on which flavour of drive you go for. New 3.5 drives are less evident on many sites these days; many now selling mainly the 2.5 ins format - and they can of course fit into a 3.5 bay with an adapter. 2.5ins format drives are not much more price-wise than the 3.5ins - and I'd go for a 2.5 if opting for an HDD

The WD blue series are mainly 5400rpm specs. and there are of course 7200rpm drives around... WD blue have a decent reputation for reliability - whereas I have seen (even here at times) a few caveats etc. re' Segate drives various?

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May 16, 2020 at 07:35:54
As the others have stated, a 64GB SSD is small, but if you only use it for Windows & install all your programs to the HDD, you should be fine. At some point you'll want to upgrade but I don't see it as being an immediate problem.

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May 16, 2020 at 15:50:53
Smaller SSD's tend to be slower, even in the same model from the same manufacture. Many 64GB SSD's were older SATA2 models which makes them even slower. Then there is the issue that all SSD's have once you approach the 15% or less free space which slows them down more (to think about or later).
I would recommend an SSD drive of at lease 500GB for operating system and programs and you can store on it also if you do not typically have a lot of pics or videos and stuff so a 1TB or larger hard drive is a good idea as well. You need at least a SATA3 drive and a SATA3 cable or if you want to speed past SATA and have the funds a NVME drive (on a spare PCIe 4x buss with adapter if you do not have a M.2 PCIe NVME port as long as your BIOS supports booting to NVME and PCIe. SSD drives are a lot less then they were so that will help.

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

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May 26, 2020 at 03:46:20
Hi Raaz,
You can disable the startup program. Startup programs are those programs that are loaded as the computer starts up remain active in memory. Consequently, they are one of the main causes of a slow boot into Windows. Disabling programs you don't often use from automatically loading up each time the computer powers on can decrease boot time.

If we talk about the second talk so there may be possible of bad sector in the hard disk. You can check it by using stellar data recovery professional. It has an inbuilt utility called “Drive Monitor” which shows you the graphical result of hard drive/disk health. We can figure out our hard drive is good or not. You can download the free trial version and check it own. Thanks

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