SSD and ESATA

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  1. Coops025

    Coops025 Notebook Consultant

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    Quick question.

    I intend to buy a small SSD to place my games on instead of spending lots of money on a large one. Can i plug the SSD drive into the ESATA port and run it?

    Also if it does will i need addtional power to run the drive?

    Thx
     
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    If you don't go the optical caddy swap, do the oposite, put the ssd in as your boot drive with the games on it as well, then run your standard HDD through Esata. Faiz wrote a guide on how to shrink the size of Windows 7 so it takes up less size, check it out:
    Windows 7 optimized SSD install 5.5gb
     
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    Thanks for that guys i will have a read :)
     
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    Or install all your important stuff on the SSD inside your computer and install your games on your external HDD.
    Im pretty sure you're gonna lose a lot of your SSD speed by using it through E sata.
    And no esata ports dont carry power so youll have to use a usb cable for power. Unless you use a special/case cable..!
     
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    Yah; the ones that use a single cable are eSATAp (power over esata) which uses the combination esata/usb port on modern laptops. However, its hard to find the enclosure with that connection. I know delock makes an enclosure and some cables.
     
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    so is esata the same speed as a regular harddrive install in your laptop?
     
  8. Thierry19

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    You wont feel the difference :p The speeds are almost the same! Except for very small files were the little lag actually matters, you won't notice it.
    I can post a benchmark but I would have to defrag my HDD to make it a fair game. So expect it by tomorrow :p
     
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    That's an awesome ssd coops, can't go wrong with the vertex 2, amazing r/w speeds, trim support, and OCZ reliability.
     
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