SSD Drives And Windows XP SP3

At work, I am currently using a frankenstein-ed computer running Windows XP SP3, 32-bit. We'll be getting a computer refresh later this year, but meantime I picked up an SSD drive on sale (fifty bucks!) at the local computer store, and set about reconfiguring to take advantage of the new drive. I figure once I get a new work computer, I can repurpose the SSD for home use.

The SSD drive is only SATA 2 (hence the price), but then so is the computer, so no loss there. The actual install was easy, and I used Macrium Reflect free edition to clone my boot partition to the new drive. Now, XP does not have the integrated support for SSDs that Windows 7 does, but I do see improvements. Boot time to the login is only a little quicker, but the start time of programs that happen at boot time is drastically reduced. Applications also open much more quickly, although I did not do any benchmarks - the real test will come as I am actually working, and with umpteen applications running.

I did move my swap file from the SSD to my data partition, but I need to research that some more to see what the prevailing wisdom is; I am also going to run Windows updates to see if there are any to accommodate the new drive. So far, so good!

Update - no Windows updates were available, but I did download a firmware update for the drive itself. I'm curtailing my natural instinct to "flash and be damned", to see if there are any issues that may benefit from a firmware upgrade. The was no changelog with the update, I'll give it a week or so.

There was a known issue earlier with problems coming out of hibernation, but I don't use that feature, and the version I currently have includes that fix. The drive is a Microcenter-branded drive (a computer chain in the midwest), but the drive itself is apparently an ADATA-S599 model.


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  2. You do not have to move the swap file from SSD. SSD is the best place for it.

  3. Thanks - I may put it back, just for comparison purposes. I keep seeing pros and cons (speeds things up vs more "wear and tear" on the SSD).

  4. My notebook is linux,does it matters????