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March 12, 2013 11:34:21 AM

I've read some posts where people say that installing your OS on an SSD is a waste of expensive space. They say that what does it really matter if the boot time drops from one minute to 10 seconds - your computer only boots once per session until you shut it down - a better use for it would be for applications you want to run faster.

That is the reason I bought an SSD. I do a lot of video editing and the rendering process can sometimes run an i7 processor for several hours. When i was looking at the resource usage it seemed that the hard disk was also being maxed out and it appeared the hard drive might be a limiting factor. So I'd like to use the SSD for my video editing applications rather than the OS.

Would this be a problem? Everyone seems to be installing their OS on the SSD. I realize that there are some files like the registry files that would still be on the hard drive with the OS - I think - even if I made a new installation of the software on the SSD and deleted the old installation of the video editing software from the HD. Would the scenerio I set out work? What problems would I encounter? Thanks in advance for your help.

Ted

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March 12, 2013 12:05:32 PM

I actually have ONE question for you. Why not install the OS AND have the applications you use on the SSD? HDD can be used to store your videos, pics, music.

Edit: Everything is faster besides just the boot up time....
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March 12, 2013 12:08:48 PM

The best thing about ssd is its read and write times. Install the os and app on the ssd and have both.
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March 12, 2013 1:08:40 PM

I am doing video editing right now and I use the SSD just for encoding and decoding video. but 1080p takes alot of resources.

However, it was not by choice. I did not want to re-install my OS'. SO i just use the SSD as a scrap drive for small video editing.

However, 1080p uncompressed avi files get so large that they wont fit on an affordable SSD so If I were to make a new system I'd put the OS on the SSD .

Im noticing that even when you have the AVI on the slow hard-drive and compress to a small file on the SSD its limited by the speed of the slow hard-drive. More reasons to use an SSD for an OS.

But If i had 2 SSD's I'd decode from one to the other in a snap. They'd still have to be large. It will take some time for it to get to where i want.
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March 12, 2013 1:15:08 PM

You need to realize that you are an exception to the rule so normal advice doesn't apply to you. Most people don't handle huge files daily as you do. If I were you I would buy a 512GB SSD and put OS & apps on it. Use an HDD for bulk storage as everyone else does.
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March 12, 2013 5:49:48 PM

campdude said:
I am doing video editing right now and I use the SSD just for encoding and decoding video. but 1080p takes alot of resources.

However, it was not by choice. I did not want to re-install my OS'. SO i just use the SSD as a scrap drive for small video editing.

However, 1080p uncompressed avi files get so large that they wont fit on an affordable SSD so If I were to make a new system I'd put the OS on the SSD .

Im noticing that even when you have the AVI on the slow hard-drive and compress to a small file on the SSD its limited by the speed of the slow hard-drive. More reasons to use an SSD for an OS.

But If i had 2 SSD's I'd decode from one to the other in a snap. They'd still have to be large. It will take some time for it to get to where i want.


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March 12, 2013 5:53:29 PM

Hi,
I think that is a good idea - to have two ssd's but unfortunately my laptop which I use for remote stuff just has the hard drive and space for 1 added ssd. (I do have a desktop which I use at the home location) The SSD I purchased was a 250mb. How much space will the OS take and is there a way to pare down the size of the OS? Thanks in advance for your help.

All the best,
Ted Sudol
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