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June 8, 2012 3:31:05 PM

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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June 8, 2012 3:50:14 PM

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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June 8, 2012 4:01:26 PM

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-...
http://thessdreview.com/ssd-guides/optimization-guides/... (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.
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June 8, 2012 5:13:21 PM

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-...
http://thessdreview.com/ssd-guides/optimization-guides/... (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
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June 8, 2012 5:21:43 PM

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.
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June 8, 2012 5:26:57 PM

On my 120GB I have OS, Browser's, MS Office and still plenty space to install frequently played game.
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June 18, 2012 12:38:11 AM

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