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March 20, 2013 7:40:23 AM

Putting together my new gaming system this weekend and am using a 128 GB SSD for system and 1TB drive for storage. I understand to first install the SSD and install operating system but I need to know as a general rule where everything else should go between the two drives: Games/online - anit-virus - internet - printer - screen saver - email - facebook, kind of all the normal stuff

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March 20, 2013 7:42:49 AM

You should only install the games or the program that you frequently use on the ssd given the space is 128GB Rest of your stuffs movies songs pictures mainly backups can stay on the HDD
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March 20, 2013 7:50:06 AM

You should target <75% utilization of the SSD - so that is about 96GB of SSD to utilize. Check your current installation files, and determine what can be installed to the SSD - Operating System and frequently used programs should have the priority for installation to the SSD.

After installation of the operating system, moving the library files (documents, music, downloads, pictures, videos, etc) to the 1TB drive would be the best bet - as these files typically take up a lot of space, and files like music won't have a big benefit of utilizing the SSD's speed.

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March 20, 2013 7:50:29 AM

I'd suggest putting all programs on SSD, but you dont' need to put games. (I admit I have two on there, but it isn't needed...put them on when I fresh installed)

You want some wiggle room on the SSD. I try to keep it at 15-20% free. My HDDs I fill up and dump as needed.

BTW, when you install the OS on your SSD, don't plug in your HDD until after you installed the OS on SSD.
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March 20, 2013 8:01:00 AM

envy14tpe said:
I'd suggest putting all programs on SSD, but you dont' need to put games. (I admit I have two on there, but it isn't needed...put them on when I fresh installed)

You want some wiggle room on the SSD. I try to keep it at 15-20% free. My HDDs I fill up and dump as needed.

BTW, when you install the OS on your SSD, don't plug in your HDD until after you installed the OS on SSD.

BEST ADVICE EVER! Sometimes Windows will install the boot loader on the first drive it sees, and if that is the hard drive, you will be booting the SSD from a partition on the hard drive(not ideal should you need to remove the hard drive.).

Install everything you use on a daily basis on the SSD and use the location tab on the folders in your "users" folder(c : \ users\yourloginhere ) to move those over to the hard drive. If you are anything like me, you may start to build up lots of stuff on the desktop or in the documents folder. May as well dump that stuff on the hard drive.

An example of the Location tab on some of the "users" folders


As far as your web browser stuff goes, That is up to you. I do not think it will hurt the SSD, but some users may prefer to place it on the hard drive because of the constant small writes(I tossed mine into a ram drive because I had memory to spare.).
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March 20, 2013 8:08:32 PM

I always put the common using programs in the SSD, which is really faster, and place the pictures, files and games on the HDD, which could save much more data for me.
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March 20, 2013 8:30:49 PM

nukemaster - Have not heard much about ramdisks since the good old days. I'm considering it for my next build.
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