JAB Creations wrote:
Before SSD's I would have either used a Raptor or the largest single platter HD (up to about 120GB) I could get my hands on
Ya see that's where your wrong again. Now most folks will acknowledge I'm not the smartest nor most experienced on these forums. However, I have found through "actually reading" up on hard drives that you are wrong about using a 120ish gig "single platter" drive for the best performance.
Read these 2 articles and you will find that, in fact, the fastest setup is a fast multi-platter drive that you "clip" to about 20-25% capacity before installing your OS/programs. You must get a large enough drive so that after clipping your net drive size is what you want for your OS/program drive. How do I know this? First I read these 2 articles:http://www.techwarelabs.com/seagate_1-5tb-mod/http://www.techwarelabs.com/seagate-1-5-tb-mod-part-2/
Then I put my money where My mouth was and bought a 1.5 Tb Seagate 7200.12 drive and tried it. It worked just as advertised. In fact, barring random seek times, it makes stock Raptors overpriced "gadgets". Yes, you can do the same to a Raptor. But at what price? I got my Seagate for $139 (I believe) at the time. Why because this way your only using the very outer most edges of the drive. Now I won't try to put it in the class of a good SSD but it gets the job done.
In fact I then tried a couple of single platter 500 Gig Samsung F3's clipped to 120 gig and tried them out before and after and in raid 0. It still worked but I believe it would been better still with at least the 1 Tb versions of the F3 as they are very fast drives. Suffice to say it was the 1st time I saw Win 7 or Vista give me a score of 6.0 on the Experience Index. Until the raid 0 F3's I could never get the HDD over 5.9.
Would I do this again? At this point in time no, I would just use the 1 Tb F3 as is, partitioned to 256 gig for the OS and call it a day. Why? Because I am working myself up to a SSD for Christmas. I only posted this to let you know that as in your other thread you are laboring under some serious misapprehensions. It is a perfectly valid recommendation to go big for your 1st installation then when you can get and SSD recycle it to a data drive.
JAB Creations wrote:
attempted to move their My Documents folder however even after I thought I had done that in 7 it still was saving everything from Firefox and IE to the C:\ and keep in mind that the vast bulk of useful features in XP were removed in Vista and 7. Now maybe there is a way to make 7 not suck so horribly bad for production (I actually use my computer for much more then booting and opening a game and ignoring the OS as I work extensively with my file system) though 7 requires way too many steps to achieve half of what you can still do with XP.
It's a shame folks can get on tech forums and just spout trash (high lighted portion of quote) and maybe lead a noobe astray. But did you think that maybe you forgot that user data, cookies, bookmarks, etc from browsers get saved in Documents and Settings and, now, in other places like the Program Data folder? Where is that? On the C:/ drive. Windows 7 is a great OS. Even and idiot like me can use it. Do I need help at times yes? Do I get the help I need? Almost always. Was it any different with XP? No.