Windows 7 HD and SSD Performance Analyzed - HotHardware

Windows 7 HD and SSD Performance Analyzed

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Windows Vista vs. Windows 7 - Traditional Hard Disk


Western Digital Raptor 74 GB (10,000 RPM, SATA)

For our first test, we wanted to compare performance numbers between Windows Vista and Windows 7. Our Windows Vista configuration is using Vista Ultimate Edition x64 SP1, whereas our Windows 7 configuration is using Windows 7 Release Candidate x64 (build 7100). Our hard drive of choice is Western Digital's 10,000 RPM Raptor 74 GB, still considered one the faster platter-based SATA hard disk on the market today. Here's how the two operating systems stack up.



Traditional hard drives don't see much of a performance boost with Windows 7, as our tests show. Both read and write speeds are about the same for our Raptor drive, although burst transfer rates see a slight performance boost on Windows 7. Fair enough, let's move on to something more exciting, SSDs.

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Downloading Windows 7 now :-)

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I want to install my Windows 7, but I'm not sure autocad will work on it...

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you can always run it in compatibility mode. Or if it has that virtual XP up yet?

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I got this crazy feeling you dont wanna run CAD in a VM.

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i'm sure the slow down wouldn't be THAT bad lol....

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Let me ask a really dumb question. If you have a SSD setup and the manufacturer releases an updated firmware version for the drive, do you have to reformat the entire drive and reinstall windows? Or can you update the firmware on the drive from within windows?

Sorry for being dumb, I had planned on contacting one of the manufacturers but thought I'd ask you guys first.

 

Thanks,

 

Philip

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fairlane32:

Let me ask a really dumb question. If you have a SSD setup and the manufacturer releases an updated firmware version for the drive, do you have to reformat the entire drive and reinstall windows? Or can you update the firmware on the drive from within windows?

The only dumb questions, is an unasked one...

To answer you, it depends on the nature of the update. Some maintenance releases do not require blanking the drive, but more comprehensive updates that change drive behavior may require blanking the drive.  It depends.

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Marco C:

fairlane32:

Let me ask a really dumb question. If you have a SSD setup and the manufacturer releases an updated firmware version for the drive, do you have to reformat the entire drive and reinstall windows? Or can you update the firmware on the drive from within windows?

The only dumb questions, is an unasked one...

To answer you, it depends on the nature of the update. Some maintenance releases do not require blanking the drive, but more comprehensive updates that change drive behavior may require blanking the drive.  It depends.

Thanks Marco,

      I agree, no question is dumb, but I never know who is listening Stick out tongue You would think that manufacturers would try to keep from having to reformat the drive, even for major updates, but hopefully they won't happen too often, unless the update really makes the drive perform a lot better, otherwise it would definitely be a pain.

 

Philip

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Great comparo, guys! That pretty-much seals it for Vista, IMO.

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But SP2 just came out. That will make it better...right?

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