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As I've mentioned in other threads, I recently bought a new fast PC with a view to running PinInsight and other software under Linux Mint 18. This has an AMD processor running at 4GHz and 16MB RAM with a 1TB HD. I have installed Mint on this from USB stick - no problem. Now I would like to use an SSD as these are said to be very much faster than an HD. My idea is to install the OS and swap-file on this and possibly a data partition but with most data on the HD. I've read that it is better to reinstall Linux Mint on the SSD rather than to migrate the OS from HD. Since I've only just started using this machine and have /home as a separate partition on the HD I will only have to reinstall OS and software on the SSD. ATM I have only added PixInsight and TeamViewer to the software collection that is already included in the LM installation so it seems the best time to upgrade to SSD. I've done some Googling and read that SSDs wear out if too many write operations occur which was rather a surprise and there are instructions for Mint to reduce these which seems no problem. I have a Samsung 500GB SSD which I'm thinking of using and also a 250GB SSD. I figured that the bigger drive would be advantageous for PixInsight to reduce processing times, but now I'm not so sure. I would appreciate views on this, please. I have hardware for mounting the 2.5" SSD in a 3.5" bay plus SATA III cables. So the next question is - do I just install the SSD and connect it to a spare SATA port and run the installation from USB stick as before but using the SSD as boot drive with root and swap-file partitions plus maybe a data partition? I have never used an SSD before and I want to be sure I do things right
Upgraded my astro pc to a SSD drive ,fairly simple process ,cloned drive with easeus to do software ,so copied everything on old hdd to new ssd , straight forward to do once new drive cloned simply took out old drive replaced with new ,i will install old drive into a caddy and take out dvd drive later on once im happy everything working ok ,but what a difference no waiting it`s instant im sure capturing data will be smoother with the qhy5-11 ssd cost £45 from mymemory,an integral 240GB, my old hdd is 1TB so plenty of storage now ,and caddy for dvd drive was a tenner from amazon ,definetley an upgrade worth doing .