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Should I buy SSD and dump my old 1TB SATA hard drive

 
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Hi guys,

Is upgrading my old 1TB hdd SATA harddrive to 500GB SSD will give me an exponential boost for my DELL i7 i5547?
Currently I upgraded its RAM from 8gb to 16gb but still I'm looking for a boost speed in terms of performance.

I primarily use my laptop for programming. I deploy 3 tomcat servers and around 5 Java running applications in it. Sometimes I also open a VM from it and if I open a VM, my pc becomes slow.

Do you think should I upgrade it?
 
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With so little information it is hard to tell why your computer is slow.

But an SSD is way faster than a harddisk and it will make your computer feel a lot faster in general.
 
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I experience getting slow when I open a VMWare Player

I also experience slow when I deploy and run the 5 apps simultaneously. One of the app has a report module. However, my computer gets slow when I execute the query in the report
 
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Hi Matt,

I agree with Jesper - we'll need a bit more information.

The applications you are talking about (both tomcat and standalone) - how much disk I/O intensive are those? Is poor hard disk performance coming in your way or something else?

If those applications are fighting with each other for memory and processor than disk, then switching to SSD might not get you performance you expect.

Of course, since SSD is much faster than normal HDD, you will find some performance improvement though.

I hope this helps.
 
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You will also find a 1TB SSD much more expensive than a hard disc. You might do well to have a smaller SSD (maybe even 32GB) for your programs (on a Linux box the / partition) and mount the old hard disc for documents (on Linux the /home partition).

Not that I am an expert in such partitioning.
 
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Not a “meaningless” question: I shall duplicate it elsewhere.
 
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is there a way how can i determine analytically (based on memory consumptions etc) if I should get an SSD?
 
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Matt Taylor wrote:I experience getting slow when I open a VMWare Player

I also experience slow when I deploy and run the 5 apps simultaneously. One of the app has a report module. However, my computer gets slow when I execute the query in the report



If your computer slows down when the VMWare player comes up, then you should start with checking the VM resource(s) settings.
Those might be higher, like most of your CPU and RAM.
Query performance is again a CPU intensive task, HDD plays a role too. SSD will help here, but not sure how much.

You might also want to take a look at your system statistics with free tools like Speccy and make a more informed decision.
Like most people already said above, SSDs are overall faster (visibly faster if your current HDD is 5400 RPM).
But it might not be your actual problem.
 
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and also, in terms of executing SQL queries, does it make difference if I upgrade to SSD?
 
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Anything that requires disk access will be quicker.

For me, one of the most stark things I've noticed is that Adobe programs like Photoshop and Illustrator start up almost instantly rather than the 30 to 60 second "boot" time they used to take.
 
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my current hard drive is 1TB 5400 rpm SATA Hybrid Hard Drive with 8GB Cache... and i am scheduled to buy today.... is ssd better than my current hardrive?
 
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We have already told you what we think. Please have another look at the rest of the thread. Only you can decide whether to buy an SSD or not.
 
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thank you very much for sharing your ideas and experiences. I recently bought a 500gb SSD from crucial. So far so good but I'm having a trouble migrating my sql database to crucial as I am installing fresh os....
 
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Wow, I thought this thread would have a single, one, or maybe two-word reply:

(hell) yes.

I have moved several end-user type machines (two Ubuntu Linux laptops, both of which run various virtual machines as well), a windows desktop box, and an Ubuntu "all-in-one" machine from "spinning rust" to SSD. Absolutely everything gets massively faster. What's not to love? (oh, well, yes, they're expensive, I suppose ;)
 
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I am facing a similar decision. do I buy the laptop with 30G SSD for $150? or do i buy the laptop with 500G HD for $230? 30G is probably enough for me. and the laptop is smaller and lighter and I bet sturdier.
 
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I suggest:
Avoid 32GB SSds like the plague. They don't have enough memory to fit all your programs in, and still have a home directory or My Documents. I know somebody who got one and is very unhappy with it. They are intended to work entirely on the cloud. You cannot upgrade them because the SSD is hard‑soldered to the motherboard.
 
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Matt, don't dump the old HD, give it to me ;^)
 
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Simon Roberts wrote:Wow, I thought this thread would have a single, one, or maybe two-word reply:
(hell) yes.


Actually, mine would be: Hell, yes If you can afford it.

SSD technology is still relatively new, and therefore expensive. Furthermore, prices aren't linear, and speed is dependent on memory speed, not capacity; so a 250Gb SSD drive is basically the same speed as a 2Tb one.

18 months ago, when I made the same decision, a 250Gb drive was about £70, as opposed to almost £200 for a 500, and £500 for a 1Tb. And since my laptop was a monster with with two bays, and already had a 750Gb hard drive included, the choice was easy.

And since 250Gb is more than enough to hold any OS with plenty of space to spare, I now have a machine that dry boots in around 10 seconds for peanuts; and has more dedicated swap and cache space than I know what to do with. And for my movies and photos and backups, I have about 8Tb of cheapo USB 3.0 storage.

Size isn't everything.

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Even if your computer were a good performer, an SSD will still be the biggest boost to performance.

The only caveat is that you will kick yourself for not installing one sooner.
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