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Windows 7: Disk question

14 Nov 2011   #1
FredeGail

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate: x64 (SP1)
 
 
Disk question

Hello guys!

I finally had a bucket of errors fixed after my first computer build. Awesome right?

About a couple of months ago, I had to uninstall my Solid State Disk because of loads of errors on it. So today, I have this 500GB WD HDD, and I've been having it for like 4 years. Running your Windows, your games, your software and whatever people have on them nowadays will probably decrease the performance a little, at least that's whats I've been told.

So I was thinking about a Corsair Force Series 3 Solid State Disk 120 GB for running my system on, but I was like, Windows is NEVER gonna achieve a 120 GB, right? So there's also a 60 GB version, just as good, and cheaper. So if I run the system on that, and maybe buy a small HDD (I don't use a lot of space), for music, movies, and games. Or I could keep the one I have, but as it's 4 years old it might be time to get a new one.

What's your guys' opinion? Thanks for taking your time to read this wall of text btw.

Fred.


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14 Nov 2011   #2
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Judge for yourself. You are the only one who knows how much space you need for Windows and all applications.

I rarely hear of installations above 100 GB unless it includes games. I currently have 30 GB occupied space on C, but I have no games. I'm using an 80 GB SSD.

Your old SSD is surely going to be faster than an HDD.

Unless money is no object, I don't see any reason to use an SSD for storage.
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14 Nov 2011   #3
DMHolt57

 
 

Run the WD Data Lifeguard Diagnostics on the drive and see what shape it is in...
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14 Nov 2011   #4
FredeGail

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate: x64 (SP1)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Judge for yourself. You are the only one who knows how much space you need for Windows and all applications.

I rarely hear of installations above 100 GB unless it includes games. I currently have 30 GB occupied space on C, but I have no games. I'm using an 80 GB SSD.

Your old SSD is surely going to be faster than an HDD.

Unless money is no object, I don't see any reason to use an SSD for storage.
Hmm, I think you misunderstood it a little. All i'm asking is
  • Would it improve performance running Windows on one disk (ssd), and have game, music etc storage on another drive

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DMHolt57 View Post
Run the WD Data Lifeguard Diagnostics on the drive and see what shape it is in...
Will the test tell me what shape it is or can I compare it with something?

Thanks for both of your replies.

Fred.
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14 Nov 2011   #5
ignatzatsonic

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by FredeGail View Post

Hmm, I think you misunderstood it a little. All i'm asking is
  • Would it improve performance running Windows on one disk (ssd), and have game, music etc storage on another drive
Improve compared to what?

You state "game, music etc storage on another drive". Do you mean another HDD or SSD? For installed applications? Or for, as you say, "storage"?

SSD performance is going to be superior to HDD, but you knew that.
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14 Nov 2011   #6
FredeGail

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate: x64 (SP1)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by FredeGail View Post

Hmm, I think you misunderstood it a little. All i'm asking is
  • Would it improve performance running Windows on one disk (ssd), and have game, music etc storage on another drive
Improve compared to what?

You state "game, music etc storage on another drive". Do you mean another HDD or SSD? For installed applications? Or for, as you say, "storage"?

SSD performance is going to be superior to HDD, but you knew that.
Compared to what I have now because I run everything on ONE disk which worries me a little.

So I was thinking like this:

SSD: Windows
HDD: Music, games, movies, storage in general
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14 Nov 2011   #7
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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I'd think everything on a single SSD is always going to be superior to any other combination involving an HDD. The only caveat would be lack of enough space on the SSD.

If you have space issues, put Windows and as many apps as possible on the SSD and use the HDD for storage only, not for installed applications.

Why are you worried about having everything on one disk, assuming that disk is not cramped and you have backups of your data?
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14 Nov 2011   #8
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by FredeGail View Post
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So I was thinking like this:

SSD: Windows
HDD: Music, games, movies, storage in general
that's a great idea. that's what a lot of geeks do.
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14 Nov 2011   #9
FredeGail

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate: x64 (SP1)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mickey megabyte View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by FredeGail View Post
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So I was thinking like this:

SSD: Windows
HDD: Music, games, movies, storage in general
that's a great idea. that's what a lot of geeks do.
Surely fits me!
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14 Nov 2011   #10
pinto

Windows 7 Pro 64
 
 

I run the OS, Office and AV on the SSD.. it's 120GB and I have 77GB free. Everything else is on other drives.. blazing fast compared to my old machine!
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