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April 10, 2014 12:38:53 AM

Hey Guys . this might be so stupid question & you might say who the hell doesnt know that .

anyway here are my questions about SSD

i heard some people say use it as cache . some say use it as boot drive . some say replace it with your hdd . each of these applications need different amount of SSD .

my understanding of SSD applications :

1.Replace a 200GB SSD with your HDD

2.Grab a 20GB SSD & use it as cache ( which i dont know how , a partition ... ? )

3.grab a 70GB SSD & make it your C Drive ( boot drive ) & install OS in it

are these the Applications of SSD s ? which ones will make a Noticeable difference over HDD ?


SIMPLER : WHAT can i do with SSD ?

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April 10, 2014 3:37:39 AM

The primary reason for buying an SSD is to install the OS on it to take advantage of the SSD's superior speed, otherwise there's not much point in buying one.

Whatever else you decide to put on it is up to you.

With OS on the SSD, startup time is much, much faster than an HDD.
Any applications you install on the SSD will startup faster too.
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April 11, 2014 1:15:42 AM

Ok if i install OS in the ssd that will be just the start up time that will be affected . the thing you said means if you get a 200gb ssd & replace it with your HDD then all the things you install in ssd will load up much faster thats good .

ok another thing . whats the idea of using it as a cache ? i mean nothing gets installed in it BUT you use it as cache to speed up things alot . whats this idea ? is it even possible ?
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April 11, 2014 1:23:33 AM

DukiNuki said:
Ok if i install OS in the ssd that will be just the start up time that will be affected . the thing you said means if you get a 200gb ssd & replace it with your HDD then all the things you install in ssd will load up much faster thats good .

ok another thing . whats the idea of using it as a cache ? i mean nothing gets installed in it BUT you use it as cache to speed up things alot . whats this idea ? is it even possible ?


You can buy 'hybrid' HDD which is basically a normal drive with a small SSD bolted to it that acts as a 'cache'- the drive automatically puts the most often used files on the SSD part of the drive to speed things up a bit. In practice they don't offer much of a speed up.

SSD are quite cheap these days e.g.:
http://www.ebuyer.com/497430-crucial-240gb-m500-ssd-ct2...

If you have lots of music or video files its a good idea to put those on a large (e.g. 1tb) standard HDD, and install all your software and games on the SSD.

If you'd like to transfer your machine over to an SSD without having to wipe everything and reinstall there's a good free programme called AOMEI http://www.aomeitech.com/ (edit: you want the 'Partition Assistant' tool)

That software has a 'migrate to SSD' option that will transfer your current install to the ssd, and adjust the alignment to get maximum performance from the ssd. It can also transfer from a bigger hdd to a smaller ssd automatically (the only requirement being that the used space on the HDD your copying from is less than the available capacity on the SSD). It's a nice tool and can save allot of time reinstalling everything.
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April 12, 2014 12:44:43 AM

Oh thanks a lot for Answers that was so much helpful . just one last question . assume i buy a SSD for my OS & games & leave my HDD for my Pictures & etc ( useless files ) . sorry this is noob question but

will both HDD & SSD be available in My computer ? let me ask it this way , i will definitely boot up from SSD ( because my os & games are in it ) . ok so how am i gonna reach the HDD content ? will HDD appear as an Individual drive in my computer just like external hard drives ?

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April 12, 2014 5:46:01 AM

Yes your hdd will show up as a drive under my computer the same as an external.
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April 12, 2014 2:33:26 PM

Thanks alot dude . & thanks for all other answers ;) 
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