Help with SSD upgrade for my Hp laptop

Hello,
I have a Hp Pavilion DV6 and I'm planning on updating my hard drive with an intel 520 180Gb from best buy.
I have a lot of music (20gb+ of music), videos, pictures, a lot of programs like photoshop, flstudio, visual studio and I have a couple of games (2-3 games).
My questions are:
I would like to keep my music library and main programs including games on my SSD. Is 180Gb enough?
IF its not enough space should I get a bigger SSD or replace my DVD drive with my Hard drive and have my SSD as my main disk?
Thank you
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  1. IMO 180Gb is enough for your OS, programs, and frequently used data files, just leave 10-20% of the drive free. I would be more inclined to put the most used programs and games on first and then see how much space you have left before putting a huge amount of music, pictures, and video on there, that I would rather see most of on a HDD. I tend to keep only my most accessed data files on my SSD.

    Bigger is almost always better, but it is a matter of budget. Also, unless you are using a gift card at Best Buy take a look for the best prices at the time you buy from http://www.logicbuy.com/categorydeals/computers/hard-drives-ssd (I see that Best Buy has the 180 on sale for $130 right now -- good price).
  2. RealBeast said:
    IMO 180Gb is enough for your OS, programs, and frequently used data files, just leave 10-20% of the drive free. I would be more inclined to put the most used programs and games on first and then see how much space you have left before putting a huge amount of music, pictures, and video on there, that I would rather see most of on a HDD. I tend to keep only my most accessed data files on my SSD.

    Bigger is almost always better, but it is a matter of budget. Also, unless you are using a gift card at Best Buy take a look for the best prices at the time you buy from http://www.logicbuy.com/categorydeals/computers/hard-drives-ssd (I see that Best Buy has the 180 on sale for $130 right now -- good price).


    Thanks buddy
    you think buying an external HDD enclosure with USB 3.0 is a good idea ?
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817388031
  3. I have several, but don't trust them for backup -- they tend to fail right when you need them, usually due to corruption in the master boot record. USB 3.0 is definitely faster than 2.0, but faster yet is a direct SATA connection with an ICYDock MB971SP-B if you have space ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817994143&Tpk=MB971SP-B ). It takes up the space of a DVD drive and will let you use either 2.5 or 3.5 inch internal drives and pop them in and out. (If you go with that download the free HotSwap! 6 program, much better at ejecting drives that Windows 7: http://mt-naka.com/hotswap/index_enu.htm
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