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Will Installing an HDD as a Secondary Hard Drive Make Things Slower?

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April 7, 2013 5:57:05 PM

Hello,

For my rig I am going to be building this summer, I am going to initially go with the Kingston HyperX 3K because it is a really solid SSD and will be much faster than a standard HDD. However, I will only be getting the 120GB model, and I will probably want to install a secondary hard drive at some point. My question is, will installing that secondary hard drive slow things since it wouldn't be an SSD?

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April 7, 2013 6:04:01 PM

Hey,

You should install windows and any major applications on your SSD. That way your system will have a very fast response time. When you add a HDD you should just store your files and other programs on it. That way your system will still be fast as the OS and major programs are on the SSD.

So to answer your question, no, adding a hard drive will not slow down your system. The files or programs you put on your hard drive will be slower than if you put them on your SSD, but your system will remain fast as the majority of the critical programs are installed on the SSD.


Hope this helps!
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April 7, 2013 6:12:57 PM

fil1p said:
Hey,

You should install windows and any major applications on your SSD. That way your system will have a very fast response time. When you add a HDD you should just store your files and other programs on it. That way your system will still be fast as the OS and major programs are on the SSD.

So to answer your question, no, adding a hard drive will not slow down your system. The files or programs you put on your hard drive will be slower than if you put them on your SSD, but your system will remain fast as the majority of the critical programs are installed on the SSD.


Hope this helps!


Thanks! That's good to know. Do you have any rough idea of how much slower it would be to open up a game, for instance, on an HDD than an SSD? I appreciate your help. :) 
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April 7, 2013 6:15:38 PM

Saxguy101 said:
Hello,

For my rig I am going to be building this summer, I am going to initially go with the Kingston HyperX 3K because it is a really solid SSD and will be much faster than a standard HDD. However, I will only be getting the 120GB model, and I will probably want to install a secondary hard drive at some point. My question is, will installing that secondary hard drive slow things since it wouldn't be an SSD?

Thanks.


No it will not slow things down.
I have that same SSD. Boot and main applications on it. another SSD for other apps, and a couple of HDD's for mass storage.

But a 128GB + whatever HDD will work just fine.
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April 7, 2013 6:18:36 PM

Saxguy101 said:


Thanks! That's good to know. Do you have any rough idea of how much slower it would be to open up a game, for instance, on an HDD than an SSD? I appreciate your help. :) 


Depends on the game/application.
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April 7, 2013 6:22:47 PM

Well I have a 256GB Samsung 830 and I have installed windows and my major apps on the SSD. I also install the games I play most often on it, the rest I keep on my 1.5TB HDD. Quite honestly I find it that even with some games on my HDD I am not bothered by the loading times. The SSD however makes a rather large difference with the overall responsiveness of my system, but when loading games the difference is usually just a few seconds, it varies from game to game. Most games the difference is 1-4 seconds others it can be as much as 8-10 seconds.
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