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Install GPU drivers and web browser on SSD?

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December 14, 2013 12:06:16 PM

I just installed Windows 7 on my SSD. I know that most commonly used programs and games go on the SSD, but what about GPU drivers and web browser (Google Chrome)?

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a b G Storage
December 14, 2013 12:17:47 PM

Drivers should go there in the SSD. Browser can stay in HDD, make sure the cache, cookies, etc stay in the HDD too.
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December 14, 2013 12:23:38 PM

adimeister said:
Drivers should go there in the SSD. Browser can stay in HDD, make sure the cache, cookies, etc stay in the HDD too.


How do I make sure that cache stays in the HDD? I also found Avast files on the SSD even when I installed to the HDD, is that normal or should I do something about it?
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a b G Storage
December 14, 2013 12:32:46 PM

This is a good thread to read: http://www.tomshardware.com/faq/id-1834397/ssd-redirect...
http://www.custompcreview.com/articles/guides/ssd-optim...

I had these 2 bookmarked because I still don't have an SSD. Sad life :(  hahaha It's a good read, everything you need to know should be there. :)  Yes that would be normal, because those are for the registry entries for your programs. You'll also notice that on games, AC series with Uplay being in the program files.
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December 14, 2013 1:10:20 PM

This will come down to personal preference and the capacity of your solid state drive, but personally I recommend putting your most frequently used programs (i.e. web browser, email client, general startup programs, etc.) onto the SSD. For example, I keep Google Chrome, Thunderbird, Pidgin, Steam, Battle.net Desktop App, et al. on my Samsung 840 PRO. Some of those programs run automatically at launch, and others are ones that I'm likely going to be opening shortly after startup. I want them to come up quickly and run fast, just like my OS. Altogether these programs consume less than one gigabyte of space, which I'm more than willing to spare.

For what it's worth, I also keep my browser's web cache on the SSD. My secondary HDD already has quite a bit of lower-priority, high-I/O stuff running on it, and I keep my tertiary hard drive free from general heavy disk activity but instead dedicate its use to several other programs/games. The web cache can grow large, and it does use up a good chunk of writes. Your best bet is to look at your configuration and decide which option would be best for you. Do you prefer the marginally faster loading times, or would you rather free up a bit of space and lower the strain on the SSD?

As for your GPU drivers, any and all drivers will be automatically installed on the SSD. Accompanying programs (i.e. Catalyst Software Suite/NVidia Control Panel) may not be. I keep those sorts of programs on my SSD as well, although I have installed them to a secondary HDD in the past.
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December 14, 2013 1:40:18 PM

adimeister said:
This is a good thread to read: http://www.tomshardware.com/faq/id-1834397/ssd-redirect...
http://www.custompcreview.com/articles/guides/ssd-optim...

I had these 2 bookmarked because I still don't have an SSD. Sad life :(  hahaha It's a good read, everything you need to know should be there. :)  Yes that would be normal, because those are for the registry entries for your programs. You'll also notice that on games, AC series with Uplay being in the program files.


Thank you very much for the links and the fast responses. Very helpful :) 

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December 14, 2013 1:44:24 PM

Kodiack said:
This will come down to personal preference and the capacity of your solid state drive, but personally I recommend putting your most frequently used programs (i.e. web browser, email client, general startup programs, etc.) onto the SSD. For example, I keep Google Chrome, Thunderbird, Pidgin, Steam, Battle.net Desktop App, et al. on my Samsung 840 PRO. Some of those programs run automatically at launch, and others are ones that I'm likely going to be opening shortly after startup. I want them to come up quickly and run fast, just like my OS. Altogether these programs consume less than one gigabyte of space, which I'm more than willing to spare.

For what it's worth, I also keep my browser's web cache on the SSD. My secondary HDD already has quite a bit of lower-priority, high-I/O stuff running on it, and I keep my tertiary hard drive free from general heavy disk activity but instead dedicate its use to several other programs/games. The web cache can grow large, and it does use up a good chunk of writes. Your best bet is to look at your configuration and decide which option would be best for you. Do you prefer the marginally faster loading times, or would you rather free up a bit of space and lower the strain on the SSD?

As for your GPU drivers, any and all drivers will be automatically installed on the SSD. Accompanying programs (i.e. Catalyst Software Suite/NVidia Control Panel) may not be. I keep those sorts of programs on my SSD as well, although I have installed them to a secondary HDD in the past.


Thanks for the help, would you recommend using CCleaner every once in a while to clear cache and stuff or would that be harmful?
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December 14, 2013 1:48:57 PM

I use CCleaner to get rid of some of that junk that accrues over time. I have it set to clear the cache when I run it, although that doesn't do too much either way. At worst you have to cache some data again. I wouldn't recommend running it daily, but once every couple of weeks or so isn't a bad idea.
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