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Fresh install on an SSD-Do you leave a secondary partition?

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March 1, 2012 7:06:04 PM

Someone told me to leave a 10GB partition on an SSD drive but I don't remember why if it was for performance or something else.

I have a Crucial 120GB M4 drive. Should I just leave the entire thing one partition for my OS install, or partition off a separate chunk?

I typically keep all my files on a separate drive anyhow, but didn't know if there was any benefit to a second partition on an SSD. Logically it seems it wouldn't since flash drives work different than a spin drive.
a b $ Windows 7
March 1, 2012 7:13:51 PM

on win7, just install it, it has spare space built in, and trim so you'll be fine, or really early drives it was probably a good idea
a b $ Windows 7
March 1, 2012 7:17:56 PM

Do not partition off a seperate chunk...you will most likely lose a lot of performance by partitioning it.

Just leave the entire OS on the SSD. What you can do to make your SSD last longer is:

Limit your writes to your SSD

Do not fill it up completely - it will start losing tons of performance when it's nearly full.

Leave at least 20GB free - if not possible at least 10GB free.
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a b $ Windows 7
March 1, 2012 7:32:18 PM

Hi :) 

And do NOT defrag it NOT EVER...

All the best Brett :) 
March 1, 2012 7:33:50 PM

Thanks everyone, good tips.

I've read a few guides that talk about some tweaks so there is less writes, so i'll probably do that.

Is TRIM something of the past?

If I'm doing a format and reinstall, should I just use windows 7 install quick format?
a b $ Windows 7
March 1, 2012 7:58:02 PM

no trim is the present and future, trim gets rid of all of the old blocks, allowing them to be reused, it requires a command from win7. actually makes the free space uneeded as it already has overprovisioning for this purpose.
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