XP & SSD

westone
westone used Ask the Experts™
on
Hi,
I'd like to upgrade a number of XP Pro computers with a new SSD, by imaging the current drive of each to a new SSD and switching the drives.

I've read numerous articles about "Garbage Collection" and TRIM, all stating that XP does not support these processes and unless I am installing an SSD with these features built into the drive controller, it is not a good idea to run XP on an SSD. Some articles address how to configure XP to run successfully on an SSD, but it seems to me to be more trouble than it's worth, addressing every application that might store temporary files on the system drive, in addition to the OS configuration itself.

I've only found one drive that stated it had TRIM on the controller, and it was out of stock. Since this is all new to me and I am just looking for a good upgrade to extend and improve my hardware, my question is: Am I understanding the whole XP + SSD situation correctly? Is there some PRACTICAL way to run XP on an SSD without too much custom configuration of the OS and/or every program running on it? If I was upgrading just one machine custom settings would not be too much trouble, but on a couple dozen machines it adds up to a headache.

Thanks!
Comment
Watch Question

Do more with

Expert Office
EXPERT OFFICE® is a registered trademark of EXPERTS EXCHANGE®
XP will see the drive just like it would any other SATA drive, the problem is that XP will potentially write to the same sectors over and over, effectively burning out the chips much faster than it would with TRIM enabled.

If this is short term, you might be OK with XP on these SSDs.
Why not clone a config that's maximized for ssd drives, then just replicate it for the rest of the computers you need to setup?

Regardless of what I read out there, I'd always have a test machine with whatever features I was planning to implement en masse.  It answers a lot of questions, but time may be a factor that limits you in this case.
Maybe a simple question. Why do you want to use SSD drives for running XP?

It's not that with upgrading the HDD to SSD the system is that all programs are working faster. The only benefit can be that the programs start (load) quicker then with a normal HDD.
But that's it.
Acronis in Gartner 2019 MQ for datacenter backup

It is an honor to be featured in Gartner 2019 Magic Quadrant for Datacenter Backup and Recovery Solutions. Gartner’s MQ sets a high standard and earning a place on their grid is a great affirmation that Acronis is delivering on our mission to protect all data, apps, and systems.

IT Product Manager
Top Expert 2009
Commented:
The actual talks are about the life of the drive. With trim solution the actual life of the drive is prolonged as trim automatically erases the sectors which are marked for data deletion. And without trim it writes to the same place all the time so it is believed that those pages will run out of life fatser. If this is not the problem for you then simpl get a copy of Paragon Migrate OS to SSD www.paafon-software.com and move your systems to ssd drives. The software will copy and align everything itself.
Also the life of the ssd drive withut trim will be the same as the life of actuall sata drive.
noxchoIT Product Manager
Top Expert 2009

Commented:
And on ssd drives you can use wipe software to erase free space. It is the same as trim.
If you use OCZ or Intel SSD's, you can use their utility to schedule TRIM jobs; but, read this on optimizing XP: http://www.tweakhound.com/blog/?page_id=1730
Top Expert 2013

Commented:
i have an intel X25-M Solid State Drive, and i suggets you use their toolbax then : http://www.intel.com/support/ssdc/hpssd/sb/CS-031221.htm

Do more with

Expert Office
Submit tech questions to Ask the Experts™ at any time to receive solutions, advice, and new ideas from leading industry professionals.

Start 7-Day Free Trial