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I've got an extra 2.5 inch 16GB SSD hard-drive. Not very big but I thought it would be perfect for my dad's PC. He's always complaining about it being slow. The processor is already a fast AMD CPU (can't quite remember which one).

I was wondering could I just wack it in his desktop? I know I'll need a bracket to convert up to 3.5.

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Yes the SSD will work fine in a desktop machine. As long as the motherboard is new enough to have SATA connections, you won't have a problem.

Still, this is not the first move I'd make to improve the performance of the machine. It may be more hassle than it's worth.

  • 16GB is small...It'll work for a system drive to run the OS but it's too small to hold additional programs and applications. Remember you always need some free space breathing room for swap and temporary files.
  • About the only thing I'd use a 16GB drive for is OS swap and Photoshop swap files. That's it. Maybe a replacement netbook drive.
  • You are likely to get better performance increases (and save yourself a ton of re-installation time) by clearing out bloatware and startup items. Then defrag (but don't defrag an SSD).
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why not? what's so special about an ssd ? –  ageis23 Jun 4 '11 at 0:32
    
Defragmenting a disk reorganizes files in sequential order for faster mechanical reads. Since SSDs have such fast random access times, file ordering on the drive doesn't matter. Worse: the act of defragmenting and moving all the data around just wears the memory cells. read more –  JCotton Jun 4 '11 at 3:03
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Yep. Should be absolutely no problem. Sata connections are the same.

Are you sure there isnt another bottleneck however?

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