Public service announcement about SSDs for people with lots of external storage

Discussion in 'SSDs & Data Storage' started by Morlock, Apr 15, 2018.

  1. Morlock

    Morlock Limp Gawd

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    NO, you will NOT see the gains that people predict, at least, not on recent versions of Windows, because in its infinite wisdom, Microsoft made it so Windows waits, frozen, for irrelevant drives that you aren't even trying to access to spin up before it will let you use the SSD.

    Really the only thing my SSD sped up for me was boot times, which impacts my life for about 5 minutes, once a week or so.

    The only real perk for me so far has been that it didn't consume an SATA slot, so I have it left over for another mechanical drive. I've seen pretty much 0 perceived performance increase.
     
  2. margrave

    margrave [H]Lite

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    Too bad for you. I'm seeing big gains.
    (How exactly was your rant a "public service" ?)
     
  3. auntjemima

    auntjemima 2[H]4U

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    Protip: put a shortcut for the SSD on your desktop or open the drive from the Run dialog box. Opening My Computer will require all present drives to update their status, causing them to spin up.
     
  4. Zepher

    Zepher [H]ipster Replacement

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    I have no issue with Windows, an SSD, and externals.
    Maybe it's the programs you are using that need to parse every drive before opening. I don't have that issue with the programs and games I use.
     
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  5. WarriorX

    WarriorX [H]ard|Gawd

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    You might want to run some benchmarks, hardware tests or check settings to make sure they are optimal because you should see improvements in almost all operations.
     
  6. sinisterDei

    sinisterDei Gawd

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    This is just a rant. I have non-SSD drives attached to my system, and of course occasionally the system will hitch a bit when opening up Explorer or whatever while those drives spin up from being asleep. The other 99% of the time, I enjoy all the benefits of the SSD.
     
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  7. rive22

    rive22 [H]ardness Supreme

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    You're better off just asking a question instead of posting an ignorant rant
     
  8. Chas

    Chas [H]ardness Supreme

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    But hey! That's just no fun!
     
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    thebufenator Gawd

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  10. Aluminum

    Aluminum Limp Gawd

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    I can't hear you over the sound of how awesome my optane is.

    These days I only tolerate spinning rust in large arrays of networked storage. They have lots of ram and other caching mechanisms to buffer the suck.
     
  11. Morlock

    Morlock Limp Gawd

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    ...because some don't see big gains?

    If somebody has a lot of attached storage, they should take all the gushing over SSDs with a block of salt.

    Ignorant my arse. I've been using Windows since you were in short pants. Windows sitting there like a retard waiting for a bunch of external drives to spin up is not new.
     
  12. sinisterDei

    sinisterDei Gawd

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    LOL.

    Firstly, the drive spin-down behavior that's causing your problem is user configurable. You can turn off that power saving feature if you want, eliminating the problem.

    You can also attach your spinning disks to some kind of network attached device, thus eliminating the problem.

    But even if you do neither of those, then fine, when you open up Explorer after an idle period your system will hitch while the drives spin up. Once they are spinning though, you're back to experiencing the full effect of having a SSD. If that's not your personal experience, and you experience more frequent delays that happen even when the system is in active use, then you need to look at your own rig because maybe your problems are caused by something else.

    If that doesn't solve your problem, then obviously your final recourse is to come onto a tech focused website and whine.