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Windows 7: Did you move your Firefox cache into RAM/off your SSD?

06 Feb 2012   #1

XP / Win7 x64 Pro
 
 
Did you move your Firefox cache into RAM/off your SSD?

I recently moved my FF cache to memory using the instructions here:

SSD owners: Set Firefox to memory cache instead of disk

I did this in light of minimizing writes to the SSD in order to prolong its life. However, I'm not really convinced as to whether or not it really has an impact on the life of the drive. I believe this optimization was done several versions of Firefox ago and I'm not sure it's still relevant, considering I was reading up on a Mozilla dev/support site from a while back and they stated they were going to implement better caching into memory in future builds so that users didn't have to make this manual change to benefit from it.

My question is, have any of you moved your cache off SSD? If so, is it to RAM or another drive? I considered just moving it to another drive but am trying the move to RAM currently. I have noticed a bit of a slowdown after doing so in rendering pages (which was also mentioned might happen if you do this) but can't tell if it's just in my head or not.

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06 Feb 2012   #2

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

I have moved my Firefox cache to a spinning drive, purely to reduce writes to the SSD.

Probably silly, pointless, and a gross over-reaction.

I don't notice any performance impact.

I wasn't aware of "memory cache". I'm still on Firefox 5.0.
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06 Feb 2012   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I'm not that worried about writes to my SSD. I'm sure it will last plenty long enough with the browser cache writing to it.
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06 Feb 2012   #4

Windows 7 64 bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by FliGi7 View Post
I recently moved my FF cache to memory using the instructions here:

SSD owners: Set Firefox to memory cache instead of disk

I did this in light of minimizing writes to the SSD in order to prolong its life. However, I'm not really convinced as to whether or not it really has an impact on the life of the drive. I believe this optimization was done several versions of Firefox ago and I'm not sure it's still relevant, considering I was reading up on a Mozilla dev/support site from a while back and they stated they were going to implement better caching into memory in future builds so that users didn't have to make this manual change to benefit from it.

My question is, have any of you moved your cache off SSD? If so, is it to RAM or another drive? I considered just moving it to another drive but am trying the move to RAM currently. I have noticed a bit of a slowdown after doing so in rendering pages (which was also mentioned might happen if you do this) but can't tell if it's just in my head or not.
I have a 3GB Friefox cache on my SSD. I also have tmp and Photoshop caches on it. At my current usage, the SSD will wear out in 13 years. I will be either dead or spoon fed in a nursing home by then.

Wear leveling in modern SSD is very good. You should not worry about wearing your SSD out with caches, etc.
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06 Feb 2012   #5

XP / Win7 x64 Pro
 
 

This is something I figured, but it's always good to hear positive reinforcement.
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06 Feb 2012   #6

Windows 7 64 bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
I have moved my Firefox cache to a spinning drive, purely to reduce writes to the SSD.

Probably silly, pointless, and a gross over-reaction.

I don't notice any performance impact.

I wasn't aware of "memory cache". I'm still on Firefox 5.0.

He is talking about RAM disk. Really it is silly, use the SSD for what it is intended - high IOPs for small random reads and writes - like the browser cache. You will have aged significantly before your SSD wears out from this, but you will have replace it before then
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01 Sep 2012   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I removed my Mozilla Firefox cache, to another partitition ( HDD )
The OS is on SSD. Should i change it back, guys ?
Does it really affect the lifetime of the SSD ? I have this SSD since last November.
Would Mozilla Firefox open faster with the cache browser on SSD ?
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01 Sep 2012   #8

Windows 7 64 bit SP1
 
 

No it doesn't affect the lifetime. In fact I use both chrome and Firefox and have their caches on the SSD in addition to my Photoshop caches and scratch space and also a 640MB pagefile. I also have secure erased the SSD and reinstalled windows a dozen times. I have been running that way for a near a year and I still have 14 power on years of erase cycles left on my SSD.


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01 Sep 2012   #9

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

I don't mess with the cache on my SSD. Intel has a 5 year warranty. They or I don't care how many reads or wrights. It's fast and it works and that is why I got it.
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02 Sep 2012   #10

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Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

I have everything on my SSD, I'm not worried about writes:

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