Quote: Originally Posted by Windows7Trainee
My intent is to reduce the writes to the SSD and extend it's life.
There may be a better way, hence the question.
You don't need to worry about that. Really. Here are my stats as an example:
Crucial m4 128 GB SSD. I have all my caches, including Photoshop and my temp files on the SSD. I use it at most 8/24. This SSD has about 3000 total erase cycles (these have been pushed to twice this many erase cycles with no errors by some ppl). I use the caches a lot for Photoshop and web browsing - I have 3GB of Firefox cache and about the same for Chrome and a large number of GB for Photoshop. Total cache is 10GB.
I have 1553 Power-on hours logged and have used 40 erase cycles (this includes several secure erases and about 5 windows reinstalls).
This means my power-on lifetime expected of this SSD is (3000/40)*1553 hours = 13 power-on years. Since I use the SSD only 8/24 hours, it should last me 13*(24/8) = 40 years.
With modern SSD wear-leveling algorithms, you should not worry about temp or cache - these are what the SSD does best - small random reads and writes, so use it! Otherwise what is the point of getting one - faster first time program startups?