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  1. Whenever I want to buy a new piece of kit I always look for benchmarking test results comparing several different manufacturers offerings. Once I have the kit I run a few tests on my own pc to see if they match the test results posted in articles. Sometimes you do not need to buy the latest and best kit to get a decent up grade. Sometimes buying a middle of the road piece of kit will save you a load of loot and you will still get almost the same performance as a high end high cost piece of kit. So here is a simple way to benchmark a ssd which will only take a few moments of your time. If you run the tests and post the output here, along with the operating system used and the ssd model and manufacturer information it may help someone to save some loot. At the very least it would be a fun geeky thing to do. An we are all dye in the wool geeks ain't we. https://www.shellhacks.com/disk-speed-test-read-write-hdd-ssd-perfomance-linux/ Samsung SP951 NVME 256 GB with Arch 64 on 20/100 GB root/home partitions. $ sync; dd if=/dev/zero of=tempfile bs=1M count=1024; sync 1024+0 records in 1024+0 records out 1073741824 bytes (1.1 GB, 1.0 GiB) copied, 0.436009 s, 2.5 GB/s $ dd if=tempfile of=/dev/null bs=1M count=1024 1024+0 records in 1024+0 records out 1073741824 bytes (1.1 GB, 1.0 GiB) copied, 0.0811887 s, 13.2 GB/s $ sudo /sbin/sysctl -w vm.drop_caches=3 vm.drop_caches = 3 $ dd if=tempfile of=/dev/null bs=1M count=1024 1024+0 records in 1024+0 records out 1073741824 bytes (1.1 GB, 1.0 GiB) copied, 0.559377 s, 1.9 GB/s $ sudo hdparm -Tt /dev/nvme0n1p5 /dev/nvme0n1p5: Timing cached reads: 34302 MB in 1.99 seconds = 17217.89 MB/sec Timing buffered disk reads: 4330 MB in 3.00 seconds = 1443.31 MB/sec Results can vary so it is best to run the tests several times and cherry pick the top results I'll try and post some results from a different ssd later on.
  2. all of my computers now have SSD's in them. I was reading an interesting article that stated Ubuntu which Mint is a derivative of does not support for Trim by default. When I did a manual Trim command on my Main SSD with Mint 18.3 installed. I was surprised that it trimmed 17.6 GB. I also read that with enough ram a swap file is not needed and your ssd will last longer and perform better without one. So I bought a 500 GB SSD and installed it last night. I installed Mint 19 on it without a swap file. Using GPT formating with a EFI partition Fat32 500 MB a ROOT partition of 25 GB and a Home Partition of 75 GB I have 16 GB of Ram. I am using it right now as I write this. All Opinions, and Advise is Welcome. Mel
  3. Dr. J

    Considering Some Upgrades

    Hi All... I've been thinking a lot lately that it would be nice to give my Lenovo B590 laptop a bit of an upgrade. Mostly I'd like to get drive caddy and replace the optical drive with a 500GB (ish) SSD to run the OS from, while holding on to the old 1TB HDD for bulk storage of various stuff as long as it still works. I've also got the urge to upgrade the RAM. I've got 4 gigs in there at the moment, but It's only using one of two slots. I'm tempted to get two 8GB sticks... that'll sure be enough for a while anyway! Here's some stuff I was looking at already... Drive Caddy SSD RAM I was wondering If anyone had any suggestions or advice on the mater. Regards, Jay
  4. abarbarian

    Cloning HDD to SSD.

    I'm going to swap a hdd for a ssd on Windows 7. Unfortunatly I chose a OCZ (looks like they are not the most reliable ssd)as it was very cheap, fortunatly it is for me sisters pc I bought the OCZ swap kit which comes with Acronis software. When I clone the hdd to the ssd, Will the data still be on the hdd ? Can I keep the cloned hdd and use it as is as a replacement if the ssd fails ? In other words I clone the hdd to the ssd. Take out the hdd and use the ssd. In the event of a failure can I then just reinsert the hdd and it will still have Windows 7 on it and ready to go.
  5. abarbarian

    Raid 0 HDD to SSD ?

    Hi I run my Windows 7 on a Raid 0 set up. I want to use a ssd as my main drive insted of the Raid set up. Can I just do a straight clone using a ssd cloning kit ? The cloning kit I have uses a cut down version of Acronis.
  6. RichardKR

    Adding an SSD to my Desktop

    Hi all. I've been staring at my huge tower and have decided it needs some TLC. First I'm removing the card reader that filled the old Floppy space as it won't read >2gb cards. 2 screws and a plug and poof! gone. In it's place I'm putting a 10 port USB thingy and getting rid of the one sitting on the case with only 5 ports. Anybody want it? I'll send it to ya'. Then while the slabs of sheet metal are off I'll put in the Intel network card that's been on the shelf for 6 months. I'm currently using the MB's wireless, but that's not ideal. Don't know why the MB's Ethernet connector failed. So after these "Massive" updates I got to thinking that while the case is opened, maybe I should replace the C: drive with an nice SSD, maybe 128GB. But after kinda reading stuff about them, I think I'd better as this question: What do I need to know to add a SSD to my Win7pro, Intel dual core machine? Can I image the stuff on my current C: drive to it like it was a regular disk drive? Any settings I should change in BIOS? Windows? I can't seem to find a handy spot that covers these things, is there a site that would give advice that an oldy but moldy like me can understand? Hope all of you folks are doing fine and let me know about the usb hub.
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