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Hi All,

 

Just ordered a Corsair 60Gb Reactor - looking for faster reads of scenery files for Flight Sim 2004.

 

I'm new to SSD's and have read various threats re SSD's.

 

Can I treat the SSD just as I would a hard disc ? Can I defragment it as I would a hard disc ? This is important to me as I want to defrag the SSD with O&O defrag software which allows me to have the scenery files in a specific order.

 

Regards,

ID.

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nope, nope and wont happen.

Windows 7 Optimizations and Default Behavior Summary

 

As noted above, all of today’s SSDs have considerable work to do when presented with disk writes and disk flushes. Windows 7 tends to perform well on today’s SSDs, in part, because we made many engineering changes to reduce the frequency of writes and flushes. This benefits traditional HDDs as well, but is particularly helpful on today’s SSDs.

 

Windows 7 will disable disk defragmentation on SSD system drives. Because SSDs perform extremely well on random read operations, defragmenting files isn’t helpful enough to warrant the added disk writing defragmentation produces. The FAQ section below has some additional details.

 

Be default, Windows 7 will disable Superfetch, ReadyBoost, as well as boot and application launch prefetching on SSDs with good random read, random write and flush performance. These technologies were all designed to improve performance on traditional HDDs, where random read performance could easily be a major bottleneck. See the FAQ section for more details.

 

Since SSDs tend to perform at their best when the operating system’s partitions are created with the SSD’s alignment needs in mind, all of the partition-creating tools in Windows 7 place newly created partitions with the appropriate alignment.

 

every time you move a file it will reduce the life expectancy of that cell.

the access times blow platter drives away so defragging wil only shorten the life of your drive which is why the OS should turn off defrag on install.

 

read the microsoft article i quoted from. http://blogs.msdn.com/e7/archive/2009/05/05/support-and-q-a-for-solid-state-drives-and.aspx

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Hi Synthohol,

 

Many thanks for such a fast reply (within minutes of my post). I'm now thinking a very fast HDD may suite my needs a bit better e.g. WD Raptor at 10,000 rpm. This was my initial choice but reading the read times for the Corsair 60Gb Reactor changed my mind.

 

I shall ponder !

 

Regards,

ID.

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You would be best to use an SSD as the BOOT drive and fast spinning HDD for the data if it writes a lot of temp files. Other wise any SSD will smoke any spinning HDD on the market in performance but they will require more TLC to keep them to top performance.
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Yes indeed but the Boot drive as an SSD will give the best performance, if you use a spinning HDD as the boot drive the files will still cache through the swap file on the Boot drive. But as long as they do not change they should always read the same from that drive.
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