Quote: Originally Posted by bigmck
Quote: Originally Posted by Alan282
I'm in the process of buying a SSD to install my OS on. I am getting a 60 GB one.
What I was going to do is Install Windows 7 Ultimate and my programms like Lightroom and Photoshop also Office and then keep any images and files from the software on a spinning drive. After purchasing the drive I decided it might be an idea to also have Win XP Pro on as some of my hardware like scanner does not have a driver
for Windows 7. Will I get all this on the 60 GB SSD or should I have got a larger one.
60 GB will be used up pretty quick. You might have a problem getting Win 7, XP, Photoshop and Office all on that. Install Win 7 see how much you have left. Then XP and see where you are on space. You might have to put the remaining programs somewhere else.
If you run the XP as a Virtual Machine -- IMO a better idea since you only want to run it for say your scanner etc -- then you don't need a separate partition and your XP Virtual Hard drive can be pretty small --around 5 GB and your VM only needs to be defined with a maximum of 512 MB RAM. Another advantage is that the VM can be started and stopped without shutting down your Windows 7 system.
Run vmware player or vbox -- both FREE for creating your Virtual Machine.
60 GB WILL be enough for the OS / photoshop etc -- I currently have ALL these applications and my C drive has used 25 GB out of 45 GB allocated to it.
The only problem I see with 60 GB is that you don't have room for expansion should you need it but if its MUCH cheaper then it will be OK.
It isn't much point having a larger one say 120 GB if you aren't going to use the extra space. If you DO get the larger drive of course you can allocate PHOTOSHOP Scratch disk space on SSD's and this WILL be a good idea.
Another advantage of having XP as a Virtual machine is that you don't run into TRIM performance problems on the SSD (XP doesn't support TRIM -- but as the I/O is handled by the HOST for the VM no probs).