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October 7, 2013 2:04:49 PM

Hi, I'm still learning about this, but what exactly should I download into a Solid State Drive and what should I download onto a Hard Drive? If you could, could you give me exact examples such as OS for the SSD or files for the HDD. Also on top of that, if I am primarily gaming with a 1 TB SSD, what would be the most ideal Hard Drive memory? Would 4 TB be overkill for this case? I know I am asking for a lot, but I thank who ever can answer these questions! Thank You again in advance!
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October 7, 2013 2:12:00 PM

That all depends on exactly what you use your PC for. But if you have a 1TB SSD, I'd say most things, aside from video and music could live on that.

Your OS, all applications, and quite a few games.
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October 7, 2013 2:13:56 PM

So if I ever need to download a movie, iTunes, or music overall, would I download that onto the HDD or the SSD?
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October 7, 2013 2:15:07 PM

Eric Arayata said:
So if I ever need to download a movie, iTunes, or music overall, would I download that onto the HDD or the SSD?


I would designate the HDD as the location for files like that.
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October 7, 2013 2:17:28 PM

Okay, and then one last thing, if I am going to mainly just browse the web and play video games, what would be the ideal memory hard drive for me? Is 4 TB overkill for it?
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October 7, 2013 2:21:24 PM

Eric Arayata said:
Okay, and then one last thing, if I am going to mainly just browse the web and play video games, what would be the ideal memory hard drive for me? Is 4 TB overkill for it?


How much 'stuff' do you have? Only you know how much space you need.
And have you budgeted for a backup solution? And external drive, maybe.
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October 7, 2013 2:22:52 PM

Personally, I'd reconsider that 1TB SSD. A 512GB would do quite well for OS+applications+ a lot of games.
And leave a lot of money for other stuff.
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October 7, 2013 2:28:09 PM

Umm, I'm really not downloading anything special besides Video Games. Only other things I would download is iTunes, Music, maybe a few movies, no more than 10 and Microsoft Documents such as Word, Publisher, Etc... Also, I haven't thought about the a back up solution. Would it have to be an external one, and how would I use it? Would I download everything I downloaded on my Hard Drive to that External one as a back up?
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October 7, 2013 2:33:30 PM

Eric Arayata said:
Umm, I'm really not downloading anything special besides Video Games. Only other things I would download is iTunes, Music, maybe a few movies, no more than 10 and Microsoft Documents such as Word, Publisher, Etc... Also, I haven't thought about the a back up solution. Would it have to be an external one, and how would I use it? Would I download everything I downloaded on my Hard Drive to that External one as a back up?


OK.
My recommendation would be this:
1. A 256 or 512 SSD. This can hold your OS, MS Office, and any other applications. Plus some/most games.
2. A 1TB or 2TB HDD for music, videos, etc.
3. An external 1 or 2 TB drive to keep your personal data (family pics, whatever) backed up. Connect it once a week to copy over any new data. Unplug when you're done.

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October 7, 2013 2:41:40 PM

Hmm, I truly didn't think about an external hard drive, but now that you brought it up, that is a really good idea! I think that I will actually take your recommendation but make the SSD a 1 TB because I do plan on downloading a lot of games and mods with that, so I figure that I want a lot of memory, also I want to sort of future proof the PC and I don't want to have to delete games in the future. But I really really like your suggestion, I'll probably buy two 2 TB HDD, one for internal and one for external. I really appreciate your answer, but I have one last thing which is a bit stupid to ask, but would I download Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox on the SSD or Hard Drive?
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October 7, 2013 2:46:04 PM

Eric Arayata said:
would I download Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox on the SSD or Hard Drive?


To the HDD. No need for that stuff to clutter up the SSD.
You can change the default Download location in Windows, and your browsers will use that.

For installation of games and applications, you can designate where you want it to go, HDD or SSD. Choose Custom or Advanced during the install, rather than accepting the Default settings.
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October 7, 2013 2:49:31 PM

Okay, I just wanted to make sure about that. Hey man, Thank You so much! I was looking into it online and I couldn't find a single page that specified what you did. You truly were a huge help to me! You have a good one.
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