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  1. Toughbook

    Toughbook Drop and Give Me 20!

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    I've bought the Kingston Hyper X several times and love them! They work very well.

    But I don't clone... I set it up from the get-go as an SSD drive with all the little tweaks per the link Blair posted in another post. 20-25 second boot times and battery life all day!
     
  2. toughasnails

    toughasnails Toughbook Moderator Moderator

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    I have that in my CF-53 and it works great and the price I paid at newegg helped too...about $0.60 per GB :thumbsup: .

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  3. capt.dogfish

    capt.dogfish The Curmudgeon

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    The new Cf-53 was a bit of a dog on boot with the factory hard drive. I didn't time it but it seemed slow. I cloned the 64 bit restore partition to the Samsung 830 out of the CF-30 which, sadly, is going on the block. Boot time, I think including post, 20.98 seconds, I'll check that. Its been a while since I really had to pay attention to catch F2 before Windows started to load. I'm not swearing to anything yet, but my feeling is that if you have the new i series processors you have to have a SSD to come close to realizing the potential of the machine.
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  4. toughasnails

    toughasnails Toughbook Moderator Moderator

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    I agree Cap, my boot time was cut in half and every thing is so much faster.
     
  5. capt.dogfish

    capt.dogfish The Curmudgeon

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    So I checked again. Since loading Office 2010, Acrobat X Pro, Kaspersky IS 2013, Glary Utilities, MS Streets and Trips, and some others I don't recall at the moment the boot time on my CF-53 MK2 with Samsung 830 256Gb SSD is 26.64 seconds including post. That's running Win7. I don't believe that there is enough to be gained by tweaking the SSD to make it worth the time and effort. Does W7 pretty much do it for you? Post goes by so fast it's really nearly impossible to catch if you are not clicking the F2 key when you hit the power button. I'm not using the CF-53 at the moment as I'm buried with work and want to set it up at a leisurely pace. The real test will come when I try to render a 17-24MB NEF raw image in Lightroom or CS5 or upload a card full of those images. I'm guessing the USB 3.0 is going to help as will the extra 4Gb of ram that's in the future.
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    I'll stick this here, totally Off Topic but Mrs Dogfish just sent it to me and I think its pretty neat!
    http://img0.liveinternet.ru/images/attach/c/5/3970/3970473_sprite198.swf
     
  6. Shawn

    Shawn Crackpot Search Ninja and Options Whore

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    Nice fish......Yes I know it's not really a fish...

    Where I found the Win 7 tweaks to really help is to adjust the wait to shut down response of programs. My cf52 shuts off in about 4 seconds. Never actually measured it.
     
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    toughasnails Toughbook Moderator Moderator

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  8. CF-28 Frankenstein

    CF-28 Frankenstein Notebook Geek

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    I purchased an OWC Mercury Extreme 240 GB SSD for a MacBook Pro I had a couple of years ago. Wasn't long after I installed it the motherboard went out. When I got my new work laptop, a CF-53JALZY1M, I bought another HDD caddy off ebay (someone here is selling them still) and popped the drive in it. I set it up with Win XP Pro 32 bit so it would play nice with all the stuff I need to connect to for work (seems a lot of the devices really don't like Win 7). Anyway, it FLIES.

    I rememebr setting up XP for the drive was a pain but once it was installed, zero issues. I know Win XP has no means of defragging/optimizing the SSD but it has not become an issue yet. I have had it up and running about a year now with zero issues (from the drive or Win XP).

    Every driver you could want was on the Panasonic website for installing XP on the CF-53 and I have no complaints. :D
     
  9. EagleMark

    EagleMark Notebook Enthusiast

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    I ended up with a Samsung 840 Pro 128 GB... been through that site many times along with the Samsung magician software. Everything is fast and stable in my CF-74... except shutdown? Just can't get it right and it takes a long time?
     
  10. ADOR

    ADOR Evil Mad Scientist

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    Have you tired the UWT yet?

    Ultimate Windows Tweaker, a TweakUI for Windows 7 & Vista

    The tabs of the program are on the left side, make sure you hit apply before moving on to a new tab or your new setting won't take affect. Under the performance tab there are three sliders. You want all three all the way to the left.

    Also look up "Black viper windows 7 registry tweaks"

    This is what I am getting on a Mk3 and a Mk4 right now.

    TOUGHBOOK: CF-74 Mk3

    OS: WINDOWS 7 PRO 32 bit

    DISK: INTEL x25 40 GB

    WINDOWS 7 EXPERIENCE SCORE: 5.9

    CRYSTAL DISK MARK 3.0.2.2012:

    SEQ: 180.1 READ / 42.08 WRITE
    512K: 153.9 READ / 42.54 WRITE
    4K: 18.28 READ / 31.80 WRITE
    4K QD32: 112.8 READ / 40.84 WRITE

    START UP SPEED:12 seconds to log on / 19 seconds to desktop

    TOUGHBOOK: CF-74 Mk4

    OS: WINDOWS 7 PRO 32bit

    DISK: INTEL x25 80 GB

    WINDOWS 7 EXPERIENCE SCORE: 7.2

    CRYSTAL DISK MARK 3.0.2.2012:

    SEQ: 139.8 READ / 72.76 WRITE
    512K: 127.4 READ / 47.55 WRITE
    4K: 18.13 READ / 21.73 WRITE
    4K QD32: 97.67 READ / 42.55 WRITE

    START UP SPEED:17 seconds to log on / 26 seconds to desktop

    http://forum.notebookreview.com/panasonic/725310-toughbook-ssd-thread.html

    ( I went back and re-read your original thread to double check your model number) (After you get this unit 100% how you want, since you use it for special software I would do a image back up and I would find a second cheap unit off ebay. That way if anything ever happened all you had to do is pull your battery and hard drive to have your PC back for that "just in-case" to stop any down time.)

    Another program that helps a lot is Ccleaner. It has a great start up menu tweaker so you can turn off unwanted stuff.

    Go to your mouse settings in control panel, In the second or third tab turn your mouse speed all the way up.

    Go to your sound settings and turn off the start up sound and log on/log off sounds. The start up sound is a check box, the other two you will have to select from a drop down box no sound and then apply. This speeds you up some because windows now doesn't have to look for a sound file to play when logging on or shutting down.

    Off to the safety meeting, I will dig you up more later.
     
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