said by bbear2:
- How much faster will things get if the OS is re-installed and make the SSD my C: drive?
said by bbear2:
Would simply using it for data and temp space yield much performance boost?
You will typically want to utilize the SSD for whatever will benefit the most from it. It wasn't cheap when compared to conventional platter storage. Put it in the best place. If you spend a lot of time accessing data and temp space go ahead. If not it will probably suit you better as a boot drive.
The performance with SSD comes in the form of utilizing flash memory for read/write versus platters & heads in conventional hard drives. Flash memory is considerably quicker.
Even if you had offered specifics about your actual system there would be no logical way to say how -much- quicker things would be. It will be quicker though, many times much much quicker.
For best results you want to reinstall. Will it be faster if you just do a clone and be done with it? Sure, most likely.
Either way, turn off defrag right away. It's really not needed with Flash memory and unnecessarily reduces the potential read/write life on the drive.
If you want useful benchmark data (performance data) google the manufacturer/model of your particular drive + "benchmark". I guarantee it will be out there. You can compare this to benchmarks of your old/existing drive.
To offer a personal anecdote my laptop used to take ~2 minutes to boot fully with a 7200rpm sata drive. After the fresh reload with my new SSD I am up & running in about 12 seconds from a cold "off" status. Standby resume takes less than 5 seconds. Hibernate is around 8 seconds including BIOS screen flashing. Win 7.