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Considering new laptop, for improved performance I'm considering 8gb & a solid state hard drive, any thoughts?

Copper Contributor
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Country: United States

Considering new laptop, for improved performance I'm considering 8gb & a solid state hard drive, any thoughts?

I'm still on Act 2009 and thinking of upgrading to a new laptop.  What is the best configuration anyone has and is getting as little lag/down time in using Act?  I'm at 13,000 contacts and will be at 16,000 contacts by end of year.

 

Any comments on either the GB/memory or the hard drive?  

Nickel Elite Contributor
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Country: USA

Re: Considering new laptop, for improved performance I'm considering 8gb & a solid state hard drive, any thoughts?

I have ACT! databases with 50k, 75k, 100k, 100,000+ contacts so you should be ok with your number of contacts.

Solid State Drives rule..

 

 

Laptop Mag link for ssd

http://www.laptopmag.com/l/ssd.aspx  

 

OCZ Colossus Series OCZSSD2-1CLS500G 3.5-Inch SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Disk 

http://www.amazon.com/OCZ-Colossus-OCZSSD2-1CLS500G-3-5-Inch-Internal/dp/B002L7ARGC 

 

PC Brands to consider are: 

 

 

cheers - FSB

 
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Re: Considering new laptop, for improved performance I'm considering 8gb & a solid state hard drive, any thoughts?

If you use an SSD as your System drive you need to ensure that you backup your Act database before reflashing the firmware on the SSD because after a firmware update the Act Database will not open as it will detect the PC's ID as having changed and have to be "Restored As" from a backup.

Typically most SSD's will receive monthly firmware updates to fix bugs and improve performance until they have been in production for a year or so. You do not need to install them all but last month's update for the OCZ Vertex 2 claimed a 5% performance increase for some operations.

You may also want to have a second physical hard drive (this could be an external drive) containing a backup bootable system partition as sometimes you can not reflash an SSD when it is the active system drive so you need to boot from the second drive before you can update the SSD's firmware