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What to install onto the SSD apart from the OS?

I have a 250 SSD and 2T Hard drive combo.

Can anyone make any suggestion about what to install onto the SSD apart from the OS?

Open for any suggestions

Thank-you
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  1. Hello Robredo,

    Being the owner of a SSD/HDD combo, I can say that you should install the OS, the anti-virus, windows updates, directX, flasplayer, basically anything that is required by the windows itself and browsers.

    Then you can install Microsoft office, the games that you regularly play and want low loading times, browser.

    The HDD is good to play heavy games that would clutter up the SSD, as well as a junk storage, for photos, videos, etc.

    Hope that helps!
  2. Thanks guys for the quick response appreciate the comments!
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    Hi Robredo,
    I would install anything on your ssd that you require speed to execute , games are a waste of time to install on ssd unless you want them to load faster as this will not increase FPS ( frames Per Second ) only a good GPU and CPU and Ram will achieve this ,
    anything else i would store on HDD , i have over 500gb of programs i use and 3TB of games and movies and music etc andi use only a 64gb ssd yet i have just on 50% of the ssd still free , how do i achieve this ? , i only have programs installed in C:/program files that are essential for speed and my O.S. on SSD , everything else is on multiple HDD's
  4. you are most welcome, hope it all goes well for you , all the best
  5. A 250GB should allow you some good flexibility regarding which non OS programs to install.

    The goal here is to limit what you install to the SSD to only those programs you most frequently use.

    Some ways to do this/to get you started:-

    1. Write down a list of programs (not games) that you regularly use. Things like Office, graphics utilities, etc. These ideally should be things you want to keep installed.
    Order them in terms of importance (using something like frequency of use)


    2. (Since modern games generally take up a lot of space.....) and if you play certain games regularly, install onto the SSD your most frequently played game/s (limit this to only those games you are currently regularly playing).
    Order them in terms of importance (using something like frequency of use).
    You won't gain higher fps by doing this but you will speed up loading times.

    Now, after your OS is installed go through these lists and install from the most frequent/what you consider the most beneficial to the least frequent.
    As you complete your games you will be uninstalling then installing your next game.

    If needed, in some programs you might be able to offload large data stores/caches/ away from your SSD onto the HDD (usually via menu options tab). Examples include preview caches for some gfx programs (lightroom etc). You'll need to balance things like this with speed (in this example, the gfx previews will slow down if you have a lot of them).

    - don't fill up your SSD to the max! make sure there is always some free space (the SSD uses this for optimisation/maintenance processes in the background) - failure to do this will degrade the SSD performance. How much free space you are recommended to leave will depend on the manufacturer's advice.

    General/important! make sure you have a good backup imaging program installed (e.g. True Image / Ghost etc) and backup regularly!
  6. Robredo, if you could pick a best answer that would be great :)

    Best Regards
  7. I have a 128GB SSD.
    Win 8.1 Pro, Office, video editing, photo editing, lightroom....ALL my applications apart from games.
    ~51GB used.

    Applications don't really take up a lot of space.
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