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What to store in SSD?

Hi,
I'm building a gaming RIG and am planning to include a SSD to the config.
I'm just wondering what to store in the SSD as I have no idea. I'm planning on buying a 120GB one.

Do I install all the .exe files such as applications/OS and games in it?
What do u guys store in it? 120GB is limited to only a few things. I have another internal 500GB 7200rpm HDD separately.

Thanks in advance :)
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  1. GODMODE09 said:
    Do I install all the .exe files such as applications/OS and games in it?


    Yes, keep your applications and O/S on it. Keep only your most frequently used games on it. When you're tired of playing a game copy it from your SSD to your HDD and then uninstall or delete it from your SSD.

    If you have a large video or music collection, keep it on your HDD.
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    I use a 60GB SSD, I install windows on it (relocating the users directory to my HDD), I install steam and other small apps (firefox, ati drivers, open office, etc), I relocate my steamapps directory (where all the games go) to my HDD using mklink, and then move individual games that I'm playing back to the SSD using mklink or SteamMover.

    I also disable the pagefile on my SSD, along with hibernate and system restore. Move my temp folder to the HDD. Doing that saves a ton of space.

    I have enough room for 3 games (including diablo3 and skyrim at the moment) on my SSD with a comfortable amount of space left over.

    Here are some extremely handy guides:
    http://lifehacker.com/5467758/move-the-users-directory-in-windows-7
    http://thessdreview.com/ssd-guides/optimization-guides/the-ssd-optimization-guide-2/#disqus_thread (follow just the steps your comfortable with here, you don't have to do them all)

    Edit: I also use the process described for moving the users directory to move the ProgramData directory, which is where alot of applications store their settings, I keep almost no personal data on my SSD, it's all applications and windows.
  3. djscribbles said:
    I use a 60GB SSD, I install windows on it (relocating the users directory to my HDD), I install steam and other small apps (firefox, ati drivers, open office, etc), I relocate my steamapps directory (where all the games go) to my HDD using mklink, and then move individual games that I'm playing back to the SSD using mklink or SteamMover.

    I also disable the pagefile on my SSD, along with hibernate and system restore. Move my temp folder to the HDD. Doing that saves a ton of space.

    I have enough room for 3 games (including diablo3 and skyrim at the moment) on my SSD with a comfortable amount of space left over.

    Here are some extremely handy guides:
    http://lifehacker.com/5467758/move-the-users-directory-in-windows-7
    http://thessdreview.com/ssd-guides/optimization-guides/the-ssd-optimization-guide-2/#disqus_thread (follow just the steps your comfortable with here, you don't have to do them all)

    Edit: I also use the process described for moving the users directory to move the ProgramData directory, which is where alot of applications store their settings, I keep almost no personal data on my SSD, it's all applications and windows.


    How did you move OS onto an ssd
  4. bobochez said:
    How did you move OS onto an ssd


    You can use imaging tools to transfer from an HDD, but I just do a fresh install onto the SSD as it's ensures windows properly recognizes that it's on an SSD.
  5. On my 120GB I have OS, Browser's, MS Office and still plenty space to install frequently played game.
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