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How to install an SSD with windows 8 and set up SSD cache with a HDD.

Hey guys!

So my HDD on my gaming laptop is taking an unexpected dump on me. So im swapping out the HDD for a faster and beefier one, I plan on also shoving a 840 Evo 250gb in there as well. Im backing up my computer as I type this....

So here is my summary of what I need to know:

The best way to put a OS on a SSD (do I need to partion it?)
How to set up a cache on the SSD (80gb perhaps? Or to the limit if its lower than that)
Putting my files on my new HDD (I think I can do this through back up but I plan to put my libraries on the HDD so im not sure. I will install my programs on my SSD so I am still confused here)

If anyone can help thats amazing ^.^
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  1. My advice is simply let Windows partition and format the drive during install and also let the OS manage caching and memory. After installing Windows reattach any old hard drives with files.

    If during install the SSD is not selectable then use the drive tools provided on that screen to partition and format just taking the defaults.

    Does the laptop allow for two internal drives? If not you will need to hook up old drive via external connection.
  2. LiquidCesium said:
    Hey guys!

    So my HDD on my gaming laptop is taking an unexpected dump on me. So im swapping out the HDD for a faster and beefier one, I plan on also shoving a 840 Evo 250gb in there as well. Im backing up my computer as I type this....

    So here is my summary of what I need to know:

    The best way to put a OS on a SSD (do I need to partion it?)
    How to set up a cache on the SSD (80gb perhaps? Or to the limit if its lower than that)
    Putting my files on my new HDD (I think I can do this through back up but I plan to put my libraries on the HDD so im not sure. I will install my programs on my SSD so I am still confused here)

    If anyone can help thats amazing ^.^


    With a 250gb SSD there is no need for it to be used as a cache. Intall windows on it normaly then use the hard drive to store all/most of the big files like games, movies and pictures. Changing a library location is easy, I believe you just right click on the library in the windows explorer and then change it's location to the new HDD.
  3. On the SSD:
    OS and all your applications.
    No partitioning needed or wanted.
    No cache needed or wanted.

    Have only the SSD connected when you install Windows.
    After it is actually working correctly, then connect the HDD
    You can install applications and games wherever you want. The Steam client allows for multiple game locations.

    For your static files in Libraries and downloads, see these.
    Win 7 & 8: http://www.tomshardware.com/faq/id-1834397/ssd-redirecting-static-files.html
    Win 8.1: http://www.tomshardware.com/faq/id-2024314/windows-redirecting-folders-drives.html
  4. Im suprised I figured that asd caching for the HDD would be practical. So perhaps I should put the files for programs (eg. Photoshop, flash, any of my games) on the SSD then just set the library to my HDD and call it a day?
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    LiquidCesium said:
    Im suprised I figured that asd caching for the HDD would be practical. So perhaps I should put the files for programs (eg. Photoshop, flash, any of my games) on the SSD then just set the library to my HDD and call it a day?


    Yeah, however you can have a split steam library as well. So larger games that benefit from an SSD, BF4, Crysis 3 etc and all the rest with minimal load times anyway/not oftenly played onto the HDD. Like THIS
  6. Ah excellent. That makes my life easier and I dont have to do anything that ive never done before!
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