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27 May 2012   #1

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How to properly benefit from SSD with clean Win7

Hello

I am going to build a new system. It will have a 120gb ssd and 1tb hdd.
I usually use the computer for various graphic programs and gaming. Until now i used to have only hdds on my systems, I used to partition them usually like this: c:windows d:various program files and user folder e:graphic programs and their scratch f:games g:storage (projects, videos, pictures, etc).

I have decided to get an ssd drive now because I understand that it boosts the overall performance of the system. All the other information that I read about ssd was either irrelevant or too complicated to understand.

I am looking for an advise on my new build. Obviously I will use the new hdd for storage but about what I should do with the ssd I am not entirely sure.

First of all, should I make partitions on it or this will affect the performance?
Second, except for the win system files what should I put on it?
Will graphic programs or games benefit from that or should I install them on the hdd?
I also read that I should put the temp folders on the hdd for brtter performance is it correct?

Any help or advise is more than welcome! If anyone comes up with something I didn't think of, that will be also very nice. I really wanna do it right so there will be better performance.

Thnaks


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27 May 2012   #2

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by EvilSmurf View Post

First of all, should I make partitions on it or this will affect the performance?
Second, except for the win system files what should I put on it?

Will graphic programs or games benefit from that or should I install them on the hdd?

I also read that I should put the temp folders on the hdd for brtter performance is it correct?
I'd put Windows and all possible applications on a single partition on the SSD. As much as will fit. Windows alone will take under 20 GB. I have 50 applications and Windows on my SSD--total space occupied is 29 GB.

I'd put games on the 1 TB drive if you find that the SSD is pressed for space.

I'd put all data on the 1 TB in a single partition, subdivided only by your chosen folder structure.

As I understand it, game performance is not improved by being on the SSD. Game loading times are improved, but not game performance.

I wouldn't worry about temp folders. I have one on my SSD and another on my HDD.

Space-saving measures for the SSD if needed: reduce space devoted to System Restore, eliminate the hibernation file if you don't use hibernation, reduce the size of the page file.
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27 May 2012   #3
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That answer pretty much covers it. I put the OS and programs on the SSD and move user files to a spinning hard drive, games can be on another hard drive or on a partition of the 1TB drive. And yes, you can install games and programs to another drive other than the SSD.
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