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June 10, 2011 2:58:13 AM

Been looking around online and havent found any real good info. And im a bit green on a few things.

Currently im running a crucial c300 64gb sata3 ssd. I have my profile split so it only runs the OS and apps. However im running with only about 27% open on the drive. And im feeling the need to reinstall some games and some new apps.

Options im looking at but not sure are:

1) I believe there is a possible way to install apps on regular hdd's. If its not to hard to setup with games and apps I can try it out. I have about 800gb of my profile drive to install on. Pro's of this is save 500 bucks and setup time, but im very green on this, from setup time and tech level needed to do it, if possible, and if theres unknown issues that may arise with how apps write data.

2) I can buy a larger better ssd(256gb). And instead of splitting profile i can enjoy the faster write read/write speeds on files i work on off the desktop. Of course i'd likely use the hdd's for 4gb+ type files ... My question with this route is if i dont split profile and run it normal, what are second gen sata3 longevity times. 3-5 years or less? Or should i just get larger ssd and still split profile and use ssd only for app-games?

Im running win7 on a marvell 9128 controller board, and should support trim and all that. Was thinking the crucial m4 for drive...

Looking for any thoughts/feedback. Be greatly appreciated since im having no luck on the google front.

Im mainly a designer and currently have most adobe type apps on ssd but want to add some games and some 3d/video apps.. if that helps with scratch disks and all that.
a c 303 G Storage
June 10, 2011 6:50:34 PM

My personal choices here, not the result of comparisons of actual systems.

2) Buy the bigger SSD! It's always fun to have a larger drive.

1) There has been an argument going back and forth for some time as to whether or not this is possible. Some installs prompt for an installation directory, which you could put on another drive. Some do not, and always create the installation directory under "C:\Program Files". (well, C isn't always the system drive, but it's a lot of work to get it to work with a different drive letter. I did it once, under XP).

In another type of thread, someone brought up the concept of... Heck, I've forgotten. I'll go look for the term. But you can create a "folder" that is really a hard link to another folder, on the same drive or another. So you pre-create the (why can't I think of the word????) and then install, and the installation files go off into the directory on the other drive.

Edit: Ahh, here it is. They are "Junctions." See my exuberant post: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/269338-32-news-large-...
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a b G Storage
June 10, 2011 7:09:08 PM

First of all my setup is pretty similar to yours. I have the C300 64GB as my boot drive and a few WD green drives in a raid 0 array as the rest of my storage.

Secondly nearly every program that you install will let you chose the directory that you install the program in. I have installed a wide range of different programs and the only ones I can think of that don't usually let you chose where you install the program files are the adobe programs (not the adobe suite but adobe reader and such)/

Personally I created a separate partition on my green drives for these program files and so when the prompt comes to chose the directory to install in I simply have to change the letter "C" in the beginning to "P" (or whatever you would chose the alternative drive letter to be).

So my advice to you is not spend any more money on a bigger SSD, since you have already put your money into that and put your money into more HDD storage as you will be getting something like 20x the price/GB ratio. You already have the speed of an SSD so you will just have to be a little more selective on what gets to use that speed beyond the OS.
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a b G Storage
June 10, 2011 11:31:41 PM

When you install apps you always have the option of choosing an alternate location, such as another hard drive. And you can move your "my documents" to another drive too.

I intend to upgrade a couple of our laptops and I'm looking at a compromise solution of SSD's in the 120GB range.
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June 11, 2011 12:57:49 AM

Thx for the input. Sounds like it is cool to install apps on my hdd's... For games/apps i was scared they'd write and use that program data folder which is on the ssd. And i wasnt exactly sure how games like starcraft2 or apps like cinema4d and maya storage and operation would work. I have After effects setup on a separate scratch disk. If the apps/games write to my win7 profile sections i dont see much of a problem.

The junction stuff i looked at briefly. seems a bit complicated and uses cmd prompt which i feel pretty green on. Can probably figure it out but may put me out of business until if figure it out.

The non adobe apps are more for education and leisure and wont be a daily thing.

I am still curious about the longevity/vs cost/vs time savings if i wanted to invest in a 256gb drive to run everything and use hdd's for storage. The hdd's get around 130mb read/write times and was thinking a 400/260mb read/write could be nice to use for daily photoshop print advertising stuff. But if the drives get worn fast probably not worth it.
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