[Nottingham] SSD upgrade

Martin Garton martin at stupids.org
Wed Jan 29 11:31:08 UTC 2014

I now see that you already mentioned it is laptop so ignore me. Hopefully 
my bcache comments might be useful to someone else.

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On 29 January 2014 10:57:33 Martin Garton <martin at stupids.org> wrote:

> Is this for a laptop or desktop?
> If a desktop and you have space inside, you might consider keeping the hdd, 
> adding a smaller ssd, and using bcache.
> If you are not aware of bcache it's a linux feature that uses your ssd to 
> cache the most frequently used data from your hdd.  You end up with a 
> filesystem as big as your hdd that works almost as fast as your sdd speed 
> on average.
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> I'm looking to upgrade from a 500GB spinning rust unit to an SSD. Intel are
> over £400 and as good as they are, I don't need to fuss about power loss as
> this is in a laptop.
> Kingston seems to trump Crucial for performance and capacity (I've not had
> an issue with the Kingston RAM I've bought in the past). Any other SSD
> makers? I'd need a 7mm unit.
> And what about mSata? I could install a 120GB mSata drive, make it bootable
> and use that as a main drive, keeping the 500GB HDD for the 60GB Windows
> partition and stuff I don't need quickly (e.g. music or something). Other
> than capacity, are there downsides to mSata?
> Mentioning Windows, if I replace the HDD; does anyone know if the Windows
> partition on there would boot when used as an external drive? Unfortunately
> I need to keep Windows for firmware updates etc.
> Cheers!
> J.
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