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Thread: Vista performance measurements with the SSD and HDD

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    Default Vista performance measurements with the SSD and HDD

    I have measured (with the stop watch) various activities to compare the performance of the SSD versus the HDD. These are the results.

    1. The SSD alone

    Formatting the 60GB SSD with the standard Vista full format (from the right click menu) took 8 minutes

    Copying my 27GB of Vista from the HDD to the SSD using the Ghost copy function took 12 minutes

    2. Boot times from the HDD and the SSD. Both Vista systems are exactly the same since I copied the SSD system from the HDD.

    From the HDD: 22 sec until the desktop appears
    56 sec until all startup programs are loaded

    From the SSD: 26 sec until the desktop appears
    110 sec until all startup programs are loaded

    3. Wake-up from sleep mode

    HDD: 8 sec
    SSD: 7 sec

    4. Copy files. I used my music folder that contains 1116 files and is 2.6GB large



    On my SSD Vista:
    From SSD to SSD: 3Min 10 sec
    From HDD to SSD: 2 Min 30 sec

    On my HDD Vista:
    From HDD to HDD: 4 Min 5 sec
    From SSD to HDD: 1 Min 10 sec

    5. Other observations

    The Vista on the SSD seems to be snappier. Programs pop up faster and selections (e.g. pictures) seem to come up faster. But this is in the second and sub-second range and difficult to measure. It is just my impression.

    6. My conclusion

    I am disappointed with the boot times. The first disk I had (the one I returned) seemed to be faster. But then there were other problems with this one. The overall performance gain seems to be marginal. For an average installation an SSD is probably not worth the investment but it is fun to play with it.
    Should I discover something I have not seen yet, I will report back.

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    Very informative post whs thank you for taking the time and the trouble to post it

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    Seti, no problem. The posting was simple. The time it took to make all the measurements was the boring part.

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    Nice and informative post. Thank you

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    the observation made by you is really helpful sir, if possible then once try a fresh installation......may be in Virtual......

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    I wanted to install Windows7 Beta (build 7000) that I have on a thumb drive (after I had disconnected my HDD so it could only go to the SSD). But it did not let me. After a promising start it came back with: "Setup was unable to locate a new system partition or an existing system partition". I tried both - just an NTFS formatted SSD and also with a live partition that I made with Diskpart. That's why I copied an existing Vista hoping next time it will let me install W7 into the Vista partition. My guess was that it is looking for the MBR.

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    thank you it helps a lot

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    excellent report card..

    True, you may be disappointed but really gr8 to see a real word chart.. Hats off to you

    One more thing, can you check with clean installation of OS ??

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    I thought SSDs were supposed to be faster :|

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    ^^^

    Test reports every where shows that SSDs are faster in terms of read speed hence boot time and application load time should decrease a lot...

    Copy Paste or rather write time is almost same as HDDs.. So theoretically it should have helped in terms of boot time.. but here results suggesting some thing else

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