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May 5, 2013 9:48:02 PM

Hello. I can choose the specs for my new laptop and I'm a bit unsure. The laptop will be used for video editing and gaming. There is an option for a "primary" drive with everything from a 750 hdd to a 240ssd. Then, there is an option for "msata" that can be pre configured to serve as the OS C:D rive. Does this mean, if I got a 128gb msata card, I could run the programs like the editing software and games off of that, and use the primary 750gb hdd fir storage? Confused!! Any help would be apriciated.

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May 5, 2013 10:13:52 PM

Okay let me try and explain.

* mSATA = Mini-SATA. Can be used for a small SSD, which can be used for several things, including an OS/Games/Apps drive if you like. You can also use the mSATA drive (SSD) w/the HD to use as a "Cache" drive for the HD. This almost gives your HD SSD like speed (not quite as much but better than the usual HD speed). This can be setup as the Cache drive, but that is also up to you.
* Primary drive is usually used for an OS/Games/Apps drive, but that is up to you.

What Laptop are you talking about (make and model please)?
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May 5, 2013 10:28:40 PM

The model is a Sager NP9130. Buying it from xotic pcs soon hopefully. There is an option to use the optical bay as another hard drive. Although I would have to get an external dvd drive to write finished video projects on to and I'm not sure I want to do that as it would be a bit of a hassle seeing how this will primarily be for video editing. But if I did, I could do a 750 hdd/sdd hybrid as the primary and put an additional 750 hdd in the optical bay. But If I can get the same thing by using the128gb msata as my primary with enough power and space to run the programs/games, and use the 750 hdd for storage, then that should work fine right? Unless I'm just way off haha. Thanks so much for your response.
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May 5, 2013 11:40:50 PM

No you can do that if you like. I personally like having my DVD burner built into my laptop. I wouldn't want to drag around an external DVD drive, but I might consider it, since I only have 1 slot for HD and only 1 slot for DVD burner. I do burn about 5-8 DVD's per month, but my 120 gb SSD is getting too small for a few games and some apps, but that is just me. Personally I would consider loading your OS on your mechanical HD and use the mSATA drive for just your apps and games. That way you don't lose the OS space on the SSD and still have quick load times for your games/apps, but that is just an idea.
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May 6, 2013 12:07:05 AM

If I may, one more question. If I'm using the msata to run the games and apps on, would I also run my video editing software on it too? And store the projects fromm the editing software and video and music on the mechanical hardrive? I only ask because video projects and correspondin multimedia will be the bulk of the workload and storage on tge laptop.
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May 6, 2013 12:16:06 AM

charcoalarugula said:
If I may, one more question. If I'm using the msata to run the games and apps on, would I also run my video editing software on it too? And store the projects fromm the editing software and video and music on the mechanical hardrive? I only ask because video projects and correspondin multimedia will be the bulk of the workload and storage on tge laptop.


Yeah I think that would be a good idea. I would only use the mSATA drive for your Games/OS/Apps and any data should be stored on the mechanical HD. That way you can still have the DVD Burner installed on your laptop. You can do what you like and you will have the flexibility to change things if you don't like the way things worked out. You have more flexibility than I have, but I only spent ~$400 on my laptop, so I wasn't expecting too many options at that price :) 
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