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#1 Dean (PC Aviator)

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 08:52 PM

You might be surprised to know that I have not yet "upgraded" to a SSD on any of my PCs. I know they are pretty much becoming the norm now, especially with new PCs, but the lower capacity and high price outweighed the benefit for me... Until recently of course... because prices are coming down fast, coinciding with much huigher capacity SSDs on the market...

 

So I am looking for one for my Flight Sim PC.

 

For those that have them, can you list the brand/model, and let me know whether or not you have had any issues or failures with these drives?

 

Thanks! And your input is greatly appreciated.


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Posted 25 April 2013 - 01:31 PM

No one using SSDs here?


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Posted 25 April 2013 - 05:46 PM

I am, but for my Drive C for my operating system.

 

My other drives, including Drive E which is for FSX, are the traditional type of hard drive.

 

Therefore, I am no litmus test as to how FSX goes on a SSD.



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Posted 25 April 2013 - 07:13 PM

Yeah, it's been over a week, and no bites, so I'm going to add the negative news that I have only HDDs, and can't help. I do have some USB flash drives, some quite large, and have never experienced any troubles. Given their design, I would expect SSDs to be more reliable than HDDs, having about the same service life as RAM. Not that I have ever had a drive failure anyway.

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Posted 25 April 2013 - 08:45 PM

Thanks for the responses. Will just wait until I find these on special somwhere and go with a known trusted brand. :)


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#6 Steve McGinley

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Posted 06 May 2013 - 10:19 PM

Brought an SSD on the weekend with FSX in mind. I went with a Samsung 840 250Gb, mainly because it listed a migration tool. Unfortunately the supplied migration tool is only for migrating OS partitions.

 

Is there an easy way to migration FSX to the SSD, or is it best and safest to reinstall everything.

 

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Posted 07 May 2013 - 01:47 AM

Steve,

 

Migrating FSX can be done, but often it is better to start fresh, unless you have loads to re-add, and not much time to do it?


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Posted 07 May 2013 - 08:01 AM

Steve

 

I agree with Dean.

 

A couple of months ago, I got a new computer and had to make the choice you are now faced with.

 

I followed Dean's advice to me at the time.

 

I am glad I did.

 

The time and effort involved is a real drag but part of the upside for me was that it made me more discerning and selective as to what add-ons from the old computer I would put on the new and that I found that some of the products worked better after the fresh re-install (perhaps I did not properly install them on the old computer first time around and to have directly migrated them without fresh re-installing would have migrated them "warts and all" bringing over the previous problems/shortfalls).

 

When the "drag" was getting to me and I was momentarily wondering whether I had made the correct choice, I remembered a quote attributed to Henry Ford of which both the principle in it and the analogy used to reflect that principle seemed especially apt:

"When everything seems to be going against  you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it".

 

I only wish I could remember to apply that principle consistently to my everyday life!



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Posted 07 May 2013 - 10:53 AM

Yes, good reply there Gartro. Basically, if you start fresh, you have the opportunity to weed out any issues that were present on your old installation. If you had none though, then migrating might still be a good proposal however.


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Posted 07 May 2013 - 01:05 PM

Thanks for the replies, I think I'll start from scratch



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Posted 07 May 2013 - 04:12 PM

I loaded fsx on my drive c with the idea of gaining a slight speed advantage, a decision I now regret for a couple of reasons.
Firstly, although I have loaded no other programmes on drive c, I have nibbled away at the 65 gig, a drive size that seemed generous at the time I purchased the computer. An add-on aircraft here and there, and ftx aus, have seriously depleted the memory available for my paging file. I have found that, with only 2.5 gig of ram on the motherboard, the paging file is used a lot by fsx (with consequent disk thrashing and slow-downs).
Secondly, I have come to understand that, once fsx loads, the disk on which it resides is not very important. I had thought that scenery would have to constantly load, which seems not to be the case. Ram, and more ram, seems to be the key.
I am very tempted to get an ssd, and re-load, but I'm going to wait for Dean's "perfect machine" specs, and do it properly. :-)

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Posted 12 July 2013 - 05:44 PM

After having a research for a week, I ended up with Samsung 840 Pro MZ-7PD128. Have a look at this link for some more suggestions on ssd's.


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#13 Steve McGinley

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Posted 16 July 2013 - 01:35 PM

Its been awhile, but I gave in and put my OS on the SSD and kept FSX on a HDD.

 

Other thing I have done which seems to have a greater impact on FSX performance was to increase RAM from 16Gb to 32Gb






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