Below is a basic layout of my storage usage on my 2TB Hitachi Deskstar. 279GB = All program files
92 = Program files minus Steam
500GB = Other files (videos, pictures, etc)
Unfortunately, my current hard drive runs at only 5900 rpm, terrible for a boot drive. So, I've decided to bite the bullet and get one of those fancy SSDs everyone's been all the fuss about. However, the most I can afford is a 120GB OCZ Agility 3 for $120. I'm probably going to put all my programs other than Steam on the SSD and just wait a little longer for level load times. I'll also leave all my other files on the mechanical hard drive. Is this a good idea? And is it possible for me to put only certain steam games on the SSD as well? TF2 level loading times are pretty annoying.
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You can use an SSD as a boot (system) hard drive and keep all of your other data on the HDD - 120GB is more than enough to store windows (and updates) and provide a loading buffer for your programs from the HDD which will make your games load faster but will not be permanently stored on the SSD - kinda cool.