Menu
Trending: Holiday Gifts | CES 2015 | Super Bowl 2015 Ads More Topics: Apple | Cars | TV Shows | Politics
Star Wars Christmas Lights Video Goes Viral

Star Wars Christmas Lights Video Goes Viral

2016 Cadillac CTS-V has 640hp

2016 Cadillac CTS-V has 640hp

CES 2015: LG will unveil its New 4K Ultra HD TV with Quantum Dot Technology

CES 2015: LG will unveil its New 4K Ultra HD TV with Quantum Dot Technology

Budweiser Super Bowl 2015 Ad leaks

Budweiser Super Bowl 2015 Ad leaks

The Best 2014 Super Bowl Ads

The Best 2014 Super Bowl Ads

Upgrading Windows XP PC with Super Talent UltraDrive GX SSD Well Worth The Money

Aug 28 2009, 9:00am CDT | by , in News | Hardware & Peripherals

Upgrading Windows XP PC with Super Talent UltraDrive GX SSD Well Worth The Money
/* Story Top Left 2010 300x250, created 7/15/10 */ google_ad_slot = "8340327155";
 
Buy FTM28GX25H SSD from Amazon Cyber Monday and Black Friday Now
 

I was waiting for the longest time for an SSD large enough to replace my Windows XP boot drive to become reasonably priced. Last week was the time. I bought a 128GB SSD from Super Talent: The UltraDrive ME SSD (UltraDrive GX Series FTM28GX25H) based on MLC.
This 128GB SSD sells on NewEgg for only $355 (Compare Prices on other stores).

The performance gains are well worth the money especially if you don't have to spend a day reinstalling Windows XP and all the apps. That's right, I dared to use Linux DD command to copy Windows XP from my old HDD to the new SSD. See instructions below on how to do that. The process is not straight forward, but it works great and takes less than 30 minutes.
My Windows XP system is 4 years old and still has an Asus P5AD2 motherboard with SATA and not SATA II. So I am reaching only 140MB/s on the ATTO Disk Benchmark tool. If you have SATA II you should reach read and write speeds of about 260MB/s with the UltraDrive ME SSD FTM28GX25H.

I will upgrade to a new hardware to install Windows 7 later this year, as for that I have to re-install everything anyway.

Even without reaching the maximum throughput with the FTM28GX25H SSD I still boot up more than 2x faster to the login screen. I had to wait over 5 minutes before Office, browsers and other apps loaded on my old HDD. Now I am up and running in about 2 minutes. Additionally the darn Microsoft Desktop search index job is not bothering me anymore. Yes, I know Google Desktop search is less annoying, but Google is not completely indexing my Outlook Inbox anymore. All apps load almost instantly and of course there is no hard-drive noise.

There is still some early adopter pains with SSD drives. Super Talent for instance requires formatting the SSD when upgrading its firmware. This means you have to reinstall everything after the firmware upgrade. Additionally Super Talent just pulled back the new firmware 1711 due to issues users encountered after upgrading. My UltraDrive ME (now actually called UltraDrive GX to confuse consumers) is on firmware version 1571 and it is actually working well at least in my SATA setup.

Also not to forget is the issue of trimming. Super Talent offers a tool (Performance Refresh Tool) to run trim to keep the SSD up to speed. I have been running my SSD for 2 weeks now and haven't seen any degrading performance issues yet.

Conclusion
If you want to speed up your PC dramatically an SSD as boot drive is a must. The latest generation of SSD, like the UltraDrive ME SSD or the more expensive Intel X25 SSD Series are meeting the performance promises of SSD. Still SSD is not completely fool proof yet and you need to know what you are doing when upgrading.

Instructions on Copying Windows XP (NTFS) to an SSD without install
Back to upgrading an existing Windows XP PC with a SSD without reinstalling. I researched quite a bit to find all necessary instructions to make sure I can copy my exisiting well aged Windows XP setup without the need to rebuild everything.

The basic issue is that Windows XP can only be copied to an identical partition. You can at the end of the process extend the partition to use the full available space on your new SSD.
There are many disk image copy programs out there, but I found the free way the most straight forward path. The powerful dd linux command does everything you need to copy Windows XP to your fast new SSD. High attention is required using dd though. Some also call it disk destroy.

First you need to boot your Windows XP PC in Linux. I did that with the SystemRescueCd Linux system. This Linux system is designed to be used to solve PC issues. You just create a CD with a disk image of SystemRescueCd and you have a live Linux system with all tools needed that boots from CD. More details on that on the System Rescue CD site.

Once booted in Linux follow these great instructions from Ed Anderson on his site Nilbus. These detailed instructions are the only way to go. I have seen many other instructions to copy Windows XP, but they always seemed to be too simplistic.

In short you have to run fdisk on the SSD to create the exact same partion. Then you copy the MBR (Master Boot Record) with DD and then the complete NTFS partion also with DD. After that you are almost done. You can run either qtparted or ntfsresize to extend the partion on the SSD to use all of the available size. I had to use ntfsresize as qtparted did not work on my system. Before running ntfsresize you need to run fdisk to adjust the partion.

With the instructions above I was able to copy my 70GB Windows XP partition in about 20 min. So after just 20 minutes I was able to boot my old Windows XP system on the SSD with new dramatic speed improvements. I was grinning all day.

If you want to try for yourself, the Super Talent UltraDrive ME 128GB SSD sells on NewEgg for only $355 (Compare Prices on other stores).

You Might Also Like

Read the Latest

2016 Cadillac CTS-V has 640hp

2016 Cadillac CTS-V has 640hp The new 2016 Cadillac CTS-V Hits 200 mph and is the most powerful Cadillac to date.

3 hours ago

China to play an important role in the Sony-North Korean Cyber Attacks

China to play an important role in the Sony-North Korean Cyber Attacks The hackers have admitted to taking offence by the Sony pictures’ new movie The Interview. China and US have been in a...

5 hours ago

CES 2015 News
Winter Solstice Tonight Could be the Longest in the Earth’s History

Winter Solstice Tonight Could be the Longest in the Earth’s History The debate about this winter solstice being the longest corrected by scientists. Various factors accounted for this...

9 hours ago

Jasco to exhibit Bluetooth Lighting Control Ecosystem and GE Branded USB Charging Solutions at CES 2015

Jasco to exhibit Bluetooth Lighting Control Ecosystem and GE Branded USB Charging Solutions at CES 2015 Jasco is offering such new products and solutions at its CES 2015 exhibit.

10 hours ago

Star Wars Christmas Lights Video Goes Viral

Star Wars Christmas Lights Video Goes Viral Mr. BetGeorge spent ten hours per a minute of music and lighting. After he posted the five minute video on YouTube, he...

10 hours ago

CES 2015 to feature mobile’s future

CES 2015 to feature mobile’s future Panel and keynote featuring top companies

11 hours ago

CES 2015: Jasco to introduce T-Tech by TUMI iPhone Cases and Amazing Uber  Electronic Accessories

CES 2015: Jasco to introduce T-Tech by TUMI iPhone Cases and Amazing Uber Electronic Accessories Jasco technology plans to unveil protective and stylish iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus cases by TUMI. The company also...

11 hours ago

Google Chromecast features Material Design Philosophy

Google Chromecast features Material Design Philosophy The Google Chromecast platform features a pretty cool material design philosophy. And Google also adds iPhone 6 and...

11 hours ago

CES 2015: Jasco to exhibit Fully Connected Home in HD with GE EasyCam Wi-Fi Cameras and latest Connected Home Innovations

CES 2015: Jasco to exhibit Fully Connected Home in HD with GE EasyCam Wi-Fi Cameras and latest Connected Home Innovations The Connected Home Innovations are for GE branded Z-Wave Products and will be displayed to the visitors at the CES 2015.

12 hours ago

Amazon Fire Phone 2 to be launched in 2016

Amazon Fire Phone 2 to be launched in 2016 An Amazon Fire Phone 2 has appeared on the horizon but it is still way off in the future.

12 hours ago

Technology Launch to debut Motix Precise Cursor Control Device at CES 2015

Technology Launch to debut Motix Precise Cursor Control Device at CES 2015 Motix is the new small keyboard-mounted device that will be introduced by Technology Launch at the CES 2015.

13 hours ago

2015 Pro Bowl Cheerleader

2015 Pro Bowl Cheerleader The Pro Bowl 2015 line-up will be revealed on Tuesday, but we already got the Pro Bowl 2015 Cheerleader.

13 hours ago

6snap deleted alongside other Snapchat third-party Apps from Windows Phone Store

6snap deleted alongside other Snapchat third-party Apps from Windows Phone Store 6snap has been deleted alongside other apps from the Windows Phone Store.

13 hours ago

Apple Watch Charging is Key Downfall

Apple Watch Charging is Key Downfall Forget anything tech companies will announce at the CES 2015. The Apple Watch will be the biggest gadget launch of 2015.

14 hours ago

CES 2015 will feature Pixelwork's Industry-Leading Video Processing Technology

CES 2015 will feature Pixelwork's Industry-Leading Video Processing Technology At CES 2015, Pixelworks Inc. will demonstrate its innovative, unique and industry leading video processing technology...

14 hours ago

Duet turns your iPad into Mac Display

Duet turns your iPad into a Mac Display It is termed Duet and it is a wonder app that has many functions and features. This baby allows you to employ your iPad...

14 hours ago

Intel Easy Migration App provides One-click Migration to Chromebooks

Intel Easy Migration App provides Free One-click Data Migration to Chromebooks Intel released a free Easy Migration application that makes the transfer of data from your older devices to new...

15 hours ago

Dish Network Fails to Reach Agreement With Fox News

Dish Network Fails to Reach Agreement With Fox News "Dish regrets the effect of the disruption on consumers."

20 hours ago

North Korea Threatens U.S. Government Admit Sony Allegations

North Korea Threatens U.S. Government Amid Sony Allegations Sony has "not caved" to hackers

21 hours ago

Samsung Reportedly Revealing New Tizen-Powered Camera at CES 2015

Samsung Reportedly Revealing New Tizen-Powered Camera at CES 2015 The NX500 camera, which is the successor of the NX300M, will be unveiled at January’s big event

1 day ago, 12:45pm CST

Bitcoin backer gets two years prison for illicit transfers

Bitcoin backer gets two years prison for illicit transfers Shrem was charged in January following an investigation into Silk Road

1 day ago, 12:26pm CST

Tim Cook 'Deeply Offended' by BBC Documentary on Apple Factory Conditions

Tim Cook 'Deeply Offended' by BBC Documentary on Apple Factory Conditions The BBC report claims that Chinese workers were forced to work long hours and are denied a day off

1 day ago, 12:14pm CST

2016 CADILLAC CTS FEATURES STREAMING VIDEO TO ENHANCE DRIVER VISIBILITY

2016 CADILLAC CTS FEATURES STREAMING VIDEO TO ENHANCE DRIVER VISIBILITY Cadillac will add high-resolution streaming video to the function of a traditional rearview mirror

1 day ago, 11:46am CST

iPhone Universal Remote to be Revealed at CES 2015

iPhone Universal Remote to be Revealed at CES 2015 Pronto will be launched at January’s big event

2 days ago, 12:29pm CST

Verizon now gives you 50% off on Android phones priced at $199 or more

Verizon now gives you 50% off on Android phones priced at $199 or more The Galaxy Note 4 can now be had for just $149.99

2 days ago, 11:58am CST

iPhone 6 and 6 Plus ship times drop to one day

iPhone 6 and 6 Plus ship times drop to one day Apple appears to be catching up with demand for its latest devices

2 days ago, 11:43am CST

North Korea wants joint investigation with US into Sony hack

North Korea wants joint investigation with US into Sony hack North Korea has even proposed a joint investigation into the attack

2 days ago, 11:30am CST

Kodak to exhibit at CES 2015

Kodak to exhibit at CES 2015 Making return after 3 year hiatus from event

2 days ago, 7:00am CST

Kate Upton is Sexiest Woman Alive 2014

Kate Upton is Sexiest Woman Alive 2014 People Magazine voted blonde bombshell Kate Upton the Sexiest Woman Alive of 2014.

2 days ago, 6:52am CST

Extreme Tech semifinals coming to CES 2015 Challenge helps entrepreneurs bring products to market

2 days ago, 6:51am CST

Samsung Reportedly Revealing Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 at CES 2015

Samsung Reportedly Revealing 2015 Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 at CES The Korean giant is planning to hit back Apple’s iPad with its new tablets

2 days ago, 2:33am CST

FBI announces that North Korea Hacked Sony

FBI announces that North Korea Hacked Sony The FBI issued a statement today saying that North Korea is behind the hacker attack on Sony.

3 days ago, 1:32pm CST

Comments

blog comments powered by Disqus