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Old February 7th, 2013 (06:11 PM).
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Quote originally posted by InMooseWeTrust:
I just ordered a 120 GB SSD on eBay. I lucked out in the auction and got it for $86. I have two external hard drives (both Seagate, 2TB and 3TB for more than I could possibly want to store). I also ripped out hard drives out of laptops that broke down (took them apart, sold some, recycled others). I bought enclosures/USB adapters for them and now they're fully external hard drives. I'm giving two away to friends and keeping one for school files.

I recommend a setup like this one. Also, hard drives are slow as **** when compared to any other piece of hardware in your computer.

If you need a lot of storage for things like gaming, keep Windows 7 settings to bare bones (SSD's don't need pagefiles or anything like that), and just use an external hard drive like I described. Hybrid drives seem rather pointless except for boot (other apps will still be really slow). Higher RPM disks have a minimal increase in performace (especially when fragmented) and get hotter and eat more battery.


If you stay with HDD:
You also don't need Autoruns or anything like that. Msconfig is more than enough for disabling most bloatware. I recommend Ccleaner to do a deep clean of your system (including registry and files), and then use Microsoft Security Essentials as your antivirus/antispyware. Then delete or move to external drive anything that doesn't need to sit in your computer. Then defrag and wipe the free space in your hard drive with Ccleaner or the cipher thing in Windows (1 pass is enough unless you have something really bad, then use 3 pass). It doesn't get much cleaner and lighter than that.

It also helps to use ligher versions of annoyingly slow and bloated software. For example, use WinAMP (can sync iPods) instead of iTunes. And use Foxit Reader instead of Adobe. Paint.NET can do most things Photoshop does, etc..
1. msconfig is a diagnostic utility. Microsoft themselves recommends against using it as a permanent solution. Autoruns is a small utility put out by Sysinternals (which is owned by Microsoft) that is designed as a permanent solution.
2. CCleaner is for freeing up hard drive space, it's not going to make anything "run faster."
3. If you leave your computer on overnight most nights and you're using Windows Vista or newer, it defrags automatically as necessary. Doing a manual defrag is just thrashing your hard drive for no good reason, which will cause it to fail sooner.
4. The only time you're really bottlenecked by IO is at startup or when performing file operations (copy/move/search). There's no reason a typical consumer should want an SSD. They fail faster, they cost more, and they store much less data.

Also, with regards to startup times, you should rarely need to hard boot anyway. If it's a laptop, put it in suspend/sleep as necessary. If it's a desktop, just leave it running with the monitor off. That'll give it a chance to do idle optimization anyway.
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