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October 27, 2013 1:58:08 PM

Hello,

I got 1 samsung pro 256gb ssd, 1 intel 530 120gb ssd and one wd blue 1tb hdd. What should I use them for?

I'm thinking about using the biggest and fastest SSD for OS, anti-virus program, browsers, programs etc.. The smaller, not as fast for games, and the HDD for backup and library files. Is this an good idea?

All help appreciated :) 

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October 27, 2013 2:01:56 PM

OS and programms doesnt demand that much of a space. I think 120 are plenty for them and use the 256 gb for games that can be pretty big. If you are not going to install many games it could work the way you said.
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October 27, 2013 2:10:20 PM

if your intel motherboard has irst funtion you could use the 120g drive as a cache drive for the hard drive.
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October 27, 2013 2:12:56 PM

I agree with the above. A 128GB can actually hold more applications than you might think.
My 128 has the OS and just about ALL applications. Win8Pro, MS Office, PaintshopPro, Lightroom, Corel Video Studio, etc, etc,etc. ~50GB used.

Games live elsewhere. Music and photos live elsewhere again.

I'd put the OS and applications on the Intel, often used games on the Samsung, and other stuff on the HDD.
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October 27, 2013 2:14:42 PM

smorizio said:
if your intel motherboard has irst funtion you could use the 120g drive as a cache drive for the hard drive.


That is limited to using 64GB of that drive.
The 120 and 256 are by far large enough to hold a lot of stuff without resorting to crippling the 120.
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October 27, 2013 2:22:02 PM

USAFRet said:
I agree with the above. A 128GB can actually hold more applications than you might think.
My 128 has the OS and just about ALL applications. Win8Pro, MS Office, PaintshopPro, Lightroom, Corel Video Studio, etc, etc,etc. ~50GB used.

Games live elsewhere. Music and photos live elsewhere again.

I'd put the OS and applications on the Intel, often used games on the Samsung, and other stuff on the HDD.



But wont the difference in speed of the two ssds have anything to say for what is smartest to have on them, or is the speed difference not noticable? I thought the smartest thing to do was to put the os on the fastest SSD
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October 27, 2013 3:05:37 PM

RTDgoat said:
USAFRet said:
I agree with the above. A 128GB can actually hold more applications than you might think.
My 128 has the OS and just about ALL applications. Win8Pro, MS Office, PaintshopPro, Lightroom, Corel Video Studio, etc, etc,etc. ~50GB used.

Games live elsewhere. Music and photos live elsewhere again.

I'd put the OS and applications on the Intel, often used games on the Samsung, and other stuff on the HDD.



But wont the difference in speed of the two ssds have anything to say for what is smartest to have on them, or is the speed difference not noticable? I thought the smartest thing to do was to put the os on the fastest SSD


I doubt that in real world use you could detect any difference between the two.
Benchmarks, yes. But if something takes 0.325 sec to open vs 0.225 sec to open....would you notice?
Or if you were doing massive I/O ops, 24/7 on a public facing database...
THAT is what the various benchmarks are showing you. A tiny difference. But in comparison to a standard HDD, you are looking at 50 times faster vs 52 times faster.

Either SSD will work as the boot drive. And I defy anyone to tell, in a blind test on a regular desktop user system, the actual difference.
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