I'm kind of new to SSD drives as far as owning one. I don't mind installing the software on a few machines, but we're actually looking at replacing our existing HDDs with SSDs for about 400 machines. I don't want to install the software on all those, obviously.
I understand how over-provisioning works and some of the other features. My question is would it be OK for the most part if I DIDN'T install the software and didn't do any other tweaks?
We are imaging them from scratch, so I'm not concerned there. I am also not concerned about maximum performance. They perform well enough from my testing. I don't need to get 10 years out of the drives, but 4-5 would be good. We're running 3.0Ghz Core 2 Duos, and would prefer not to buy new machines, so we're adding RAM and the SSDs.
Any input? Thanks
First let me say I have the magician software and an 840 pro and both are best in class IMO. The software is excellent. The main reason you would want the software, which can be easily installed later, is for firmware upgrades. The 840 is pretty solid and there hasn't been a firmware upgrade since I got it which is good.
There's performance optimization and OS optimization which you can install on your base machine, do the optimizations, then uninstall and image. It's stuff like making sure indexing is off, disabling prefetch. There are some I don't agree with like enabling hibernation on desktops. So you probably want to do this manually anyway.
Since Windows 7 & 8 have TRIM support you won't need the performance optimization.
As long as you image with the spare partition for over provisioning created, which I recommend, you can install and OP after the image. I don't see why you couldn't image an SSD configured for OP already, but I really can't say one way or the other. Since the software configures the controller to use it, it's hard to say. The software is light so installing it isn't much of a problem. I'm not sure if it's portable or not, might run from a USB, I haven't tried. Good choice on SSD