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August 16, 2012 4:19:48 AM

Hello

My current understanding regarding the division of applications/os/files on the different types of drives is this:


OS - SSD (To significantly increase read/write)
APP - SSD (To significantly increase read/write - heavy apps such as Photoshop, Avid, etc.)
Temp Files - SSD (I do not at all understand the reason why SSD are recommended - OR how to set this up)
Files - HDD

Could someone please confirm my understanding? Or perhaps advise alternatively?

My two main confusions are:
- Why is it better to have OS & APP on separate SSDs? Why not one?
- Why is it better to have temp files on SSD? Why not HHD (more read/write)


Also - if I have multiple drives in a laptop - do I need to purchase smaller sizes so as to permit all the drives to fit? Or is there already enough space in laptops?

Please guide :) 




a c 536 G Storage
August 16, 2012 4:40:27 AM

questi said:
My current understanding regarding the division of applications/os/files on the different types of drives is this:

OS - SSD (To significantly increase read/write)
APP - SSD (To significantly increase read/write - heavy apps such as Photoshop, Avid, etc.)
Temp Files - SSD (I do not at all understand the reason why SSD are recommended - OR how to set this up)
Files - HDD

Correct.

- Why is it better to have OS & APP on separate SSDs? Why not one? said:
- Why is it better to have OS & APP on separate SSDs? Why not one?

Your O/S, Apps, and Temp files should be on one SSD. If you have large data files then store them on a HDD.

- Why is it better to have temp files on SSD? Why not HHD (more read/write) said:
- Why is it better to have temp files on SSD? Why not HHD (more read/write)

Temp files can be accessed faster, and they can also be read and written faster if they are on a SSD.

Also - if I have multiple drives in a [b said:
laptop - do I need to purchase smaller sizes so as to permit all the drives to fit? Or is there already enough space in laptops?]Also - if I have multiple drives in a laptop - do I need to purchase smaller sizes so as to permit all the drives to fit? Or is there already enough space in laptops?
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Most laptop drives are 2.5" in size. Go to your laptop manufacturer's website or your User Manual and it will tell you what size drive fits your model.
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August 16, 2012 4:56:20 AM

I appreciate the prompt and clear reply :) 

So:
1. SSD = OS & APPS (+ Space for SSD Wearing)
2. HDD = Data Files

You mentioned Temp Files on the same SSD as the OS & APPS
- however - as I understood, is it not better to store is separately?
This being due to the numerous times it will be read/written?

Also - regarding the laptop drive size - my question was particularly this:
Do all laptops have the capacity to support more than one drive?
Or should I specifically be purchasing laptops that permit dual drives?
If generally laptops have the drive space for 2.5" drives -
then do I need to purchase 1.#" drives (1 SSD & the other HDD) so as to fit both?

Thanks :) 
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a c 536 G Storage
August 16, 2012 5:35:00 AM

questi said:
You mentioned Temp Files on the same SSD as the OS & APPS
- however - as I understood, is it not better to store is separately?
This being due to the numerous times it will be read/written?

No, you no longer have to worry about drive longevity with current generation SSDs.
If you move your temp files to a HDD your SSD will last 10 years. If you leave your temp files on the SSD it will last 9 years, 364 days. :)  The numbers are not exact but I hope you get my meaning.

Do all laptops have the capacity to support more than one drive? said:
Do all laptops have the capacity to support more than one drive?

No. Probably more than half only have 1 drive bay.

Or should I specifically be purchasing laptops that permit dual drives? said:
Or should I specifically be purchasing laptops that permit dual drives?

Yes, look for laptops that have 2 drive bays.

If generally laptops have the drive space for 2.5" drives -
then do I need to purchase 1.#" drives (1 SSD & the other HDD) so as to fit both? said:
If generally laptops have the drive space for 2.5" drives -
then do I need to purchase 1.#" drives (1 SSD & the other HDD) so as to fit both?

Not quite sure I understand your question. The standard size for most SSDs is 2.5". HDD come in 2.5" and 3.5" sizes.
So make sure both your SSD & HDD are the 2.5" size.

The minimum capacity of your SSD should be 120GB. If you can afford a larger capacity drive then go for it.
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August 16, 2012 4:36:48 PM

I sincerely appreciate you clarifying my questions, Dereck. Thank You :) 
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