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General Question about upgrading to SSD and its life...

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July 17, 2013 8:46:40 PM

HI guys, I just started a gaming build, and I just bought Kingston HyperX 3K 120G SSD to install OS, I haven't installe win8 yet, but when I do (on SSD), how do I save programs and games onto my SSD instead of my hard drive, and vice versa? Will the system always prompt where I want to save programs and such? I never had 2 storage devices so im not too familiar with what would go on
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btw is that a decent SSD for midlevel gaming (crysis 3 + LoL)

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July 17, 2013 10:05:53 PM

SO for example, programs like steam, word, antivirus, pretty much the programs go on ssd, while the actual games and media go on HDD? Or do the games also get to go on SSD?

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July 18, 2013 7:07:54 AM

BCipher said:
SO for example, programs like steam, word, antivirus, pretty much the programs go on ssd, while the actual games and media go on HDD? Or do the games also get to go on SSD?



You could put games on the SSD but I would not recommend it especially because you have a smaller SSD. The only thing games get from SSDs are faster load times because most of the game is loaded into ram. When you install a game it always asks where to install it and you could place the installation to your HDD instead of SSD. Also you can set your default download location for your browsers to the HDD also. Most people just skip through the installation process (next, next, next, "I agree" next..) but programs also ask where installation should go 99% of the time!
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July 18, 2013 9:10:53 AM

Would there be a list online to checkout what programs to put on SSD vs HDD? thanks for explanation
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July 18, 2013 11:06:35 AM

BCipher said:
Would there be a list online to checkout what programs to put on SSD vs HDD? thanks for explanation


Easiest answer would be to just put ALL programs on your SSD or at least the ones you use the most. This is at least what I do. I keep any games and any videos, pictures, some documents on my HDD because your SSD will perform better when it isn't passed 80% capacity(at least 80% seems to be the general consensus).
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July 18, 2013 12:13:55 PM

so up to that 70 - 80% I can fill it up and still expect a decent life and performance from it? It's going to be mostly programs and games

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July 18, 2013 12:24:45 PM

BCipher said:
so up to that 70 - 80% I can fill it up and still expect a decent life and performance from it? It's going to be mostly programs and games



Exactly, To quote ..

"Where SSDs do have a problem with a nearly full capacity is when you are writing to the disk. NAND cells can only withstand a few thousand writes before becoming damaged. If the drive is almost full, and you are trying to write data to the drive continually, then you run the risk of burning out the unused portion of the drive faster."
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July 18, 2013 12:31:21 PM

What activities full consitiute "writing" (to avoid)?
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July 18, 2013 12:43:00 PM

According to my research, The smaller and less important programs go on the HDD, like CCleaner, pretty much anything that would load nice and fast on a HDD, then your personal files would go on the HDD as well, because they're typically so small, and would load swiftly regardless of the drive its on. Smaller, older games also go on the HDD. Your anti virus, OS, larger more important programs, and some of the newer games will go on the SSD.
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July 18, 2013 12:57:26 PM

DukeOvilla said:
According to my research, The smaller and less important programs go on the HDD, like CCleaner, pretty much anything that would load nice and fast on a HDD, then your personal files would go on the HDD as well, because they're typically so small, and would load swiftly regardless of the drive its on. Smaller, older games also go on the HDD. Your anti virus, OS, larger more important programs, and some of the newer games will go on the SSD.


This is a logical way to look at it, but in the end the way I look at it( I have a laptop so I use an external HDD) for convenience I just put all programs even small on my SSD a long with personal files because really 100mb or 200mb worth of personal files are really not going to make or break a 120gb SSD and I can keep them on C: and back to your question about writing, as long as you are a "casual" user just use it just as you would an HDD. Research has shown that writing up to 10GB a day will still give your SSD 5+ years of life for and even longer than that for SLC which can be 50GB per day and last that long and I am doubting you will be writing that much ever. The SSD will die out from other reason long before that.

Edit: CCleaner has a 4mb download size, so I wouldn't worry about it on my SSD. But yeah it is all about personal preference
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