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Michael Anda | Forum Activity | Posted: Fri, Nov 18 2011 12:52 PM

What size should a Logos user buy?  What size drive offers the best bang for the buck?  What brand(s) are the most reliable.  Any thing else I should know about purchasing Solid State Drives?  TIA

 

 

 

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Dave Hooton | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Nov 18 2011 2:05 PM

Michael Anda:

What size should a Logos user buy?  What size drive offers the best bang for the buck?  What brand(s) are the most reliable.  Any thing else I should know about purchasing Solid State Drives?  TIA

As an extra drive you need at least 64 GB for Logos 4 (check the size of your current \Logos4 folder and double it --> 32 GB is too small though).

Bang for buck is easy to calculate  as  $Price/Size in GB.   128 GB is a good performer but 256 GB can be better if you can afford it. As a guide see http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ssd-nand-reliability,3021.html
as it should help you avoid the technicalities of evaluating SSD's for yourself.  If you have a Windows OS then 7 has good support for SSD's. Also check the speed of your SATA controller as a 3 GB/s controller is only good for 400 MB/s Read whereas a  6 GB/s controller will match most SSD's and allow faster speeds. But the performance of a 3 GB/s controller is still VERY GOOD.

 

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martin lohstroh | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Nov 18 2011 2:32 PM

Hi,Dave how do you find your logos4 folder.

Thanks Martin

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Denise | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Nov 18 2011 2:51 PM

Windows7: c:\Users\YourAccount\AppData\Logos4

Not sure on XP but normall c:\Program Files\Logos4

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Dave Hooton | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Nov 18 2011 4:07 PM

Denise Barnhart:
Windows7: c:\Users\YourAccount\AppData\Logos4

Should be c:\Users\YourAccount\AppData\Local\Logos4

If necessary, enable viewing of Hidden Files and Folders (Control Panel | Folder Options).

Denise Barnhart:
Not sure on XP but normall c:\Program Files\Logos4

It is still in your account/user folder, similar to Win 7.

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Is Mebin | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Nov 18 2011 4:32 PM

Hey Dave...I'm about to get a new laptop in the new year and I was thinking of getting a hybrid machine...so the SSD can be dedicated to L4...do you think SSD's are worth the effort though?  I mean, do they outperform a 7200 hard drive?  Just wondering on the performance of SSD's.

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JT (alabama24) | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Nov 18 2011 4:44 PM

Is Mebin:
do they outperform a 7200 hard drive?

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Is Mebin | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Nov 18 2011 4:44 PM

Dave Hooton:
Also check the speed of your SATA controller as a 3 GB/s controller is only good for 400 MB/s Read whereas a  6 GB/s controller will match most SSD's and allow faster speeds.

Dave...sorry to take up time...but what is a SATA controller...is  6 GB possible for laptops

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Is Mebin | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Nov 18 2011 4:55 PM

Thanks for that A24...I'm just learning what to look for, as I'm not someone who updates regularly...the last laptop I bought was so huge (when I bought it) at 80GB HD, and a whole 1 GB RAM...and it is still going...but is quickly dying as we speak....therefroe, I want to upgrade to something else that will go for another 6 years Big Smile

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Denise | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Nov 18 2011 5:10 PM

Woops. Someone can't type.Embarrassed

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Kevin Becker | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Nov 18 2011 6:42 PM

Is Mebin:

Dave Hooton:
Also check the speed of your SATA controller as a 3 GB/s controller is only good for 400 MB/s Read whereas a  6 GB/s controller will match most SSD's and allow faster speeds.

Dave...sorry to take up time...but what is a SATA controller...is  6 GB possible for laptops

SATA is the type of connection that goes between the hd and typically the motherboard. The spec here is basically how fast the computer can communicate with the drive. So basically what Dave is saying that some SSD can outperform the slower SATA controllers and you won't be getting the full performance from that drive.

I don't know what is standard on latops these days, it all depends on the motherboard. My guess is that your low end and mid range laptops would have the slower controllers whereas high end gaming laptops would have the faster controllers, but you'd have to check the specs to be sure, I could be wrong.

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Is Mebin | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Nov 18 2011 7:47 PM

Thank you very much for your time Mr Becker...that is definately something to consider then when going for an SSD especially.

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Dave Hooton | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Nov 18 2011 10:57 PM

Is Mebin:
Hey Dave...I'm about to get a new laptop in the new year and I was thinking of getting a hybrid machine...so the SSD can be dedicated to L4

Be careful. If you mean a machine with SSD and 7200RPM HD you are OK. If you mean a machine with a hybrid SSD then it's little more than a 7200RPM HD with a small amount of SSD onboard; and this is inadequate -  see http://www.seagate.com/www/en-au/products/laptops/laptop-hdd/

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Dave Hooton | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Nov 18 2011 11:06 PM

Kevin Becker:
SATA is the type of connection that goes between the hd and typically the motherboard. The spec here is basically how fast the computer can communicate with the drive. So basically what Dave is saying that some SSD can outperform the slower SATA controllers and you won't be getting the full performance from that drive.

SATA controllers are used for both conventional HD's and SSD's. Most HD's cannot outperform a 3 GB/s controller whereas most SSD's will outperform it and thus require a 6 GB/s controller.

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Keep Smiling 4 Jesus :) | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Nov 18 2011 11:13 PM

Michael Anda:
Any thing else I should know about purchasing Solid State Drives?

Check SSD transfer speeds; ranges from slightly faster than hard drive to much faster.  Newegg web site often includes read and write transfer speeds in SSD product descriptions.

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Sam West | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Nov 19 2011 1:57 AM

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Michael Anda:

What size should a Logos user buy?  What size drive offers the best bang for the buck?  What brand(s) are the most reliable.  Any thing else I should know about purchasing Solid State Drives?  TIA

I have the Crucial M4 128GB SSD and love it. So far it’s the best upgrade I have ever made in any computer. Check this forum out and it will tell you everything you need to know about SSD’s.

http://thessdreview.com/Forums/crucial/781.htm

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bruce Cullom | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, May 3 2012 11:55 AM

I also have the Crucial M4  128 GiG SSD. I bought it just to speed up Logos 4, and it works fantastically. My Logos 4 Scholar's Edition, with nearly 1300 books, opens in 18 seconds (on start-up, my desktop is ready to go in about 28 seconds). Also, the retrieval of commentaries and scrolling is much much faster. I would highly recommend getting an SSD for Logos 4 -- even for an older SATA II computer. Installing the Crucial M4 has increased the speed of Logos 4 far far better than adding memory and going to a faster processor (which I tried before getting an SSD).

http://www.crucial.com/store/ssd.aspx

It is possible to buy the Crucial SSDs a little bit cheaper than from Crucial direct, but if you buy direct, they give you a grace period (I believe 30-90 days) in which you can return it for refund if you are not satisfied (but you will be).

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