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How to make your ssd a secondary drive?

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March 4, 2014 5:23:38 PM

I just installed my new ssd onto my computer. But, i'm not sure if I should just boot on my HDD and then go onto disk manager and then making the SSD recognized and usable or run the disk that came with my computer, help please ?. (I use my SSD for recording so I want to make it my secondary drive.)

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a b G Storage
March 4, 2014 5:31:18 PM

How big is the new SSD? If it is 128 or bigger, you may be able to have your OS and recording functions on the SSD? What is the nature of your recording? As a general rule you will always appreciate the SSD running the OS and all your programs including your audio editing program. You can still use the SSD for all audio editing functions and then store the finished files on the HD.
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March 4, 2014 5:34:39 PM

avjguy2362 said:
How big is the new SSD? If it is 128 or bigger, you may be able to have your OS and recording functions on the SSD? What is the nature of your recording? As a general rule you will always appreciate the SSD running the OS and all your programs including your audio editing program. You can still use the SSD for all audio editing functions and then store the finished files on the HD.


it's only 60GB so it won't be able to handle too much.
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a c 2040 G Storage
March 4, 2014 5:37:23 PM

60GB is right at the edge of too small for the OS drive.

But it should be seen in Disk Management. Possibly you just have to give it a drive letter.
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March 4, 2014 5:38:52 PM

USAFRet said:
60GB is right at the edge of too small for the OS drive.

But it should be seen in Disk Management. Possibly you just have to give it a drive letter.


Thanks a lot !

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a b G Storage
March 4, 2014 5:42:34 PM

Not including games, music, movies, or pictures, how many GB for your main programs? If you can manage to have no more than 50 GB of OS + main programs, you should be able to work with it, You would still have 10 GB of usable work space. Just move all the finished files to your HD when you are done. I use Audacity and I know the work files can get very large with the uncompressed working files, but I doubt you will really have more than a couple GB of files as long as you move all finished files. You can move the large work files to the HD and then bring them back in later if you want to re-edit, or run more filters on them. It will all end up being how well you keep house, so to speak! Using your SSD only to store files is kind of a waste until you have more than one SSD.
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a c 2040 G Storage
March 4, 2014 6:06:29 PM

avjguy2362 said:
Not including games, music, movies, or pictures, how many GB for your main programs? If you can manage to have no more than 50 GB of OS + main programs, you should be able to work with it, You would still have 10 GB of usable work space. Just move all the finished files to your HD when you are done. I use Audacity and I know the work files can get very large with the uncompressed working files, but I doubt you will really have more than a couple GB of files as long as you move all finished files. You can move the large work files to the HD and then bring them back in later if you want to re-edit, or run more filters on them. It will all end up being how well you keep house, so to speak! Using your SSD only to store files is kind of a waste until you have more than one SSD.


My Win 8 Pro install and applications takes up 50GB out of a 128GB SSD. Remember...you have to leave 10-15% free space for TRIM. That leaves zero working space out of a 60GB drive.
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a b G Storage
March 4, 2014 6:51:24 PM

IT can be done! My first SSD was a 50 GB Vertex2 and I had 41GB on it until the last few months before I got a bigger drive. It was important to keep the last remaining portion clear, but it still worked far better than the 74GB Raptor it replaced. I think we all realize that 128 is the ideal entry level size, but a 60 GB SSD with 50 GB of OS and programs will still work quite well... I did it! As I said, "It will all end up being how well you keep house, so to speak!" When I finally started to get close to 45GB it only slowed a little bit. I would never have thought that going back to a HD would be better!! TRIM still works, its just not quite as effective.
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