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.