Should I replace my WD Raptor?

Should I replace my WD raptor with SSD? I have a 74GB Raptor Drive currently run in my Win XP pc. I have had this drive since probably 2005. Will a SSD run better then what I have now? And which one should i get?

I highly recommend SSD's, and Crucial's M4 is fantastic. Their V4 is the consumer-level product they've put out that doesn't hit the same speeds, and unless you're using SATA 3, I'm not sure you'd see a difference.

It's quite likely you'd need to re-install your OS, and I'd recommend an upgrade to Win 7 if it's affordable. Win XP doesn't auto-support the TRIM command that helps keep an SSD healthy (there are manual options out there, though). Another goodjer may be able to clarify this.

Having said all of this, I've not really used a raptor before, so I can't say how they compare, except that SSD's smoke traditional HDD's from everything I've experienced.

I had the same exact drive and replaced it with an SSD. It's a world of difference. So yes, definitely.

trueheart78 wrote:

I highly recommend SSD's, and Crucial's M4 is fantastic. Their V4 is the consumer-level product they've put out that doesn't hit the same speeds, and unless you're using SATA 3, I'm not sure you'd see a difference.

It's quite likely you'd need to re-install your OS, and I'd recommend an upgrade to Win 7 if it's affordable. Win XP doesn't auto-support the TRIM command that helps keep an SSD healthy (there are manual options out there, though). Another goodjer may be able to clarify this.

Having said all of this, I've not really used a raptor before, so I can't say how they compare, except that SSD's smoke traditional HDD's from everything I've experienced.

TempestBlayze wrote:

I had the same exact drive and replaced it with an SSD. It's a world of difference. So yes, definitely.

Thank you, I was think of using True Image to move it over. I have done HD to HD but I don't know if it will work on a SSD.

I made a similar switch from a Raptor to an OCZ Vertex 2 SSD.
Sweet lord I can't go back.

There are tons of sales going to with SSD's these says. Just make sure you do some quick research on them before you buy. I ended up getting a SanDisk SSd which has been working without a hitch so far.

TempestBlayze wrote:

There are tons of sales going to with SSD's these says. Just make sure you do some quick research on them before you buy. I ended up getting a SanDisk SSd which has been working without a hitch so far.

Yup, I trying but I haven't kept up with PC stuff in the last 3 years, all this stuff is overwhelming. :-/ From what I gather from the conversations: I need to check the speed of my SATA on the MB, need to check on how to manger the TRIM on XP, and see if I can do a transfer from HDD to SSD on WIn XP. Did I cover all the bases?

A SATA 2 connection will still see a huge performance boost, a SATA 1, not so sure.

The rest? Sounds about right.