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Windows 7: What Programs for SSD Install


07 Aug 2011   #11
Mongler

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

I realize I am digging this up, but my question is relevant, and has not even been touched upon (as far as I noticed) in the thread.


I am in the same boat. I am also not dumb. I know WHY I spent ~$1.75/gb for this hard drive.

The reason why I want to know what programs to put on the SSD is to minimize my Read/Write cycles as much as possible.

I am wondering about things like Norton, because norton will need to be constantly updated with new viruse definitions. I am even going to go out of my way to do things like:

1) shut down indexing on the SSD
2) set virus scans to never or once a year or something ridiculously long term
3) set all of the TEMP and TMP and internet temp folders to my D drive.

it goes without saying that all of my download and storage directories, compressed files, movies, pictures, music, etc. will all be located on a spinning disk storage drive.

the question I have is:

which software NEEDS to be installed on the C drive for effective functionality.


Yes, I realize that the lifespan of an SSD given normal usage is at least on the order of 6-8 years, and with careful control of read/write, it could be pushed to as much as 10 years. It should be said that newer drives have shorter lifespans because the increasing quality of the lithography actually results in less stable memory. It decreases costs, so that I can afford to replace the drive, but that does not change the real life economics very much.

but why tempt fate? who knows where my drive falls in the MTBF (mean time between failure) Gaussian curve? I have no idea what level of bin my memory came from.


So I would like to err on the side of safety, and install the minimal amount of heavily read/written software on my OS drive. Here is another example: I have Adobe Master Suite. I am going to install SOME of the programs on my C drive, and SOME on my D drive.


true, I would be wasting my money if I did not install the most important programs on C, because those are the programs that I want to run fast. But others, I can tolerate slightly slow load times.


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07 Aug 2011   #12
Solarstarshines

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit sp1
 
 

OS/ virus protect

EVERYTHING ELSE on the spare drive


you can run all programs from D drive
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07 Aug 2011   #13
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Mongler, you have a good logic. But I think you worry too much. Your SSD will last as long as you care to keep it - and that will probably be about 4 years when you will replace it with something better.

I never move anything off the SSDs except my user files on the desktops. But I also have 3 SSDs on laptops where they have everything on it. My oldest SSD is 3 years old and it is still at 95% with an estimated lifetime of 9 years and 11 months. So I am all relaxed.
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07 Aug 2011   #14
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello Mongler, welcome to Seven Forums; have a look at this tutorial at the link below.


User Profiles - Create and Move During Windows 7 Installations


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07 Aug 2011   #15
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

I agree with WHS. The drive, since you are buying a quality one, should last long enough until something new is much more common. I figure my C300 will last me long enough until TB SSD drive are common and inexpensive.
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07 Aug 2011   #16
HammerHead

win 7 X64 Ultimate SP1
 
 
Good Advice

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Mongler, you have a good logic. But I think you worry too much. Your SSD will last as long as you care to keep it - and that will probably be about 4 years when you will replace it with something better.

I never move anything off the SSDs except my user files on the desktops. But I also have 3 SSDs on laptops where they have everything on it. My oldest SSD is 3 years old and it is still at 95% with an estimated lifetime of 9 years and 11 months. So I am all relaxed.

You mentioned the cost of the disk. To destroy the disk would be a waste of your money. On the other hand not to use it to the fullest extent would also be a waste of your money. Relax and enjoy and use the disk.
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