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mSATA + SSD + HDD for Windows 8.1?

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April 10, 2014 12:11:13 PM

I'll install W8.1 Pro on a notebook with 256GB SSD + 750GB Hybrid HDD, and I already have a 32GB Samsung mSATA spare.

The computer supports mSATA, would it be good to use the mSATA in it, or doesn't matter?

I'll install the system in the SSD, and left the HDD to storage files.

Thanks.

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a c 754 G Storage
April 10, 2014 12:14:32 PM

Leave the mSTA out of it.
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a b G Storage
April 10, 2014 12:16:21 PM

Could always use the mSATA for space, no harm there.
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April 10, 2014 12:17:24 PM

mSATA has really great speed, closer to pci-e bus speed than sata port. However, it is expensive and small.

80GB mSATA is enough to run an OS, but 32GB is really small and it wouldn't do you much good anyway.
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April 10, 2014 12:24:36 PM

You could put your paging file and temp files on it? Or cache the HDD? Really, the use of mSATA cacheing drives was for systems with no SSD for the OS.
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April 10, 2014 12:25:06 PM

If you already have the 32GB mSATA, plug it in and just use it as its own drive letter.
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April 10, 2014 12:46:37 PM

I already have the mSATA, but I'm not using it! Storage isn't the issue, I have a Synology NAS in my network and the 256GB + 750GB storage is good for me.

WyomingKnott said:
You could put your paging file and temp files on it? Or cache the HDD? Really, the use of mSATA cacheing drives was for systems with no SSD for the OS.


Cache and paging in it would reduce the life span? I'm told that SSDs are not great for cache and things like that.
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April 10, 2014 12:50:01 PM

JCChristian said:
I already have the mSATA, but I'm not using it! Storage isn't the issue, I have a Synology NAS in my network.

WyomingKnott said:
You could put your paging file and temp files on it? Or cache the HDD? Really, the use of mSATA cacheing drives was for systems with no SSD for the OS.


Cache and paging in it would reduce the life span? I'm told that SSDs are not great for cache and things like that.


That may be true, but manufacturer has gone around it such that the controller chip on your ssd card will use different space each time it write data to it instead of constantly overwrite the data over and over again. data that needed to be delete will only be removed the memory address from the memory management unit (sorry if im being too technical)

think of it like writing on a scrap paper. instead of erasing the first line multiple time, lets continue to write through the paper and once it fill, erase the oldest trash data first and etc

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April 10, 2014 12:50:33 PM

I did have my tongue a little in my cheek when I wrote it. Anything that does massive writes to an SSD will shorten its life span. I argue with people about that a lot. I claim that the SSD is there to serve me, and if using it to make my system snappier wears it out then so be it, I'll buy a new one later. Other people with SSD system drives go with no paging file at all. It becomes a debate with the intensity of a religious argument.

My semi-serious point was that you could sacrifice it for a small increment in performance. Personally, I would leave it out of that machine. If I put it in, rather than use it as a small increment of fast storage I would put temp and paging on it, saving the wear on my OS SSD, but I realize that I am in a very small minority.
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a c 754 G Storage
April 10, 2014 12:55:13 PM

Adding that 32GB drive, you're adding another 3% drive space.

Page file space, scratch drive, something like that. Or a favorite place to put Word docs.
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April 10, 2014 3:21:11 PM

Hum... maybe I'll put it for cache and temp files, it will reduce the life span of the cheap Samsung mSATA, instead of my OCZ Vertex 4, but will it work for like 2~3 years?
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April 10, 2014 3:25:11 PM

It will work until it dies.
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April 10, 2014 3:29:41 PM

USAFRet said:
It will work until it dies.


Will it die in 1, 2, 3 years? Roughly, how much time does it have if used for temp files? :) 

And when it dies, my system will broke?
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April 10, 2014 3:41:46 PM

JCChristian said:
USAFRet said:
It will work until it dies.


Will it die in 1, 2, 3 years? Roughly, how much time does it have if used for temp files? :) 

And when it dies, my system will broke?


If you have it as 'just another drive' (temp files or whatever), nothing will break.
If you have that as the temp file location, just change that location.

When? Completely unknown.
Literally...next week, next year, next decade.
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