Ok, this is evolving into a “learn from my fails”:
Today I received the SSD and the SATA cable that I had ordered.
Then I opened my PC case…
…and noticed that all SATA ports of my board were already in use. Should have thought of that.
So I spent two hours, went into three stores (one didn’t have any, one had just sold the last one) to get a PCI → SATA card.
I installed it. Which took longer than anticipated because
- a screw was not included
- the only free slots in my case were in a spot where the case has a weird shape, making it harder to put the card in
- someone (presumably my kids) had stolen my screw driver, so I had to search for it.
Then I noticed that my power supply didn’t have any cables anymore that fit. I searched my old computer parts box (back from before I became a snob who doesn’t build his PCs himself) for a screw and an adapter cable.
Then I noticed that I had no place to put the drive in. I thought I had some 3.5" to 2.5" adapter thingie but I didn’t. So I just put the SSD loosely into the case somewhere. (Yeah I know I shouldn’t, will fix that soon).
Then I started the PC and Windows didn’t recognize the PCI->SATA card. I actually had to install the driver the old way, using the CD.
I rebooted and went into shock again. No drive to be seen!
…then I remembered that the drive would not be mounted automatically if it wasn’t partitioned/formatted.
And indeed it was no problem to do that, even though I haven’t done that on a Windows PC in ages.
Just out of curiosity I ran a speed test of my SSDs to compare them with each other.
The result was interesting.
My M2 SSD (Samsung EVO 970) is unsurprisingly much faster than the other ones, but I was surprised to see that my old Samsung 840 is also significantly faster than my new WD blue. At least in most of the test cases.
…and now I wonder… may the PCI->SATA interface cause that? should I have plugged my old hard disk or BluRay drive in there and instead used the SATA port of the main board for the SSD?
…but if I change it now, will that screw up drive letter assignments or other stuff?
Should have thought of this before putting everything together. I was just too excited I guess.
So I thought: meh. I’ll just test if loading times in FS2020 are still good enough.
I am so glad that I have the Steam Edition, I can easily move the sim from one drive to the other without dowbloading 97GB again using the built-in function Steam provides.
…or so I thought. Because despite immediately changing the package paths, the sim did (unlike DCSW does) NOT recognize that everything was already there! It deleted everything and started from scratch, so now I am stuck with a frickin’ 14 hour download again! HURRAY!
(And I am almost ready to bet that all my settings will be lost as well)
Definitely not my best day today…