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Windows 7: New computer SSD/HDD help needed


10 Nov 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home premium 64bit
 
 
New computer SSD/HDD help needed

So i've recently got a SSD that is 120 GB and a 1TB HDD. After installing OS and drivers plus a few programs such as Skype and Chrome that is stored in the C drive, I've already used up 30.9 GB of memory. Should I be worried or is this normal? Do you guys recommend me using CCleaner to wipe my drive? Any tips on effectively managing my SSD? Thanks for the help guys, as I am really bothered by the 30GB used. I've checked and hidden folders are 14GB and Windows is 11.4GB

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10 Nov 2012   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP 1
 
 

If you don't use hibernate mode you can shut it off by following this tutorial. Hibernate - Enable or Disable

Depending on how much RAM you have installed, another option would be to reduce the size of the page file. Another thing to check is how much space you are allocating to system restore and adjust that if necessary.
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11 Nov 2012   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64/Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

I just posted this in another thread:

SSDs have a limited number of writes to them, therefore you want to manage the drive as such.

I've heard there are ways to better prepare Windows for installation to an SSD, but I'm going to recommend against that because it would be more unnecessary writing to the drive.

Make sure you turn OFF the defragging of the drive. You defrag platter based drives because of physical limitations that do not exist in SSDs. SSDs will not slow down ANY noticeable amount as it frags.

One thing I did was set aside 4 Gigs [out of 16] at boot as a RamDrive, and I load an .IMG I made which puts specific folders on the drive, and then set my browser to use it for it's cache, I also made %Temp%, and %Tmp% point to Y:\Temp on the drive.

Because of keeping the drives from being needed to be "moved", I set my Blue-Ray to drive Z:, and my RamDrive to drive Y:. That way if I add drives, I don't have to worry about software complaining.

My networked drives that get letters start at Q: [Right now, there are 7 in my server]
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11 Nov 2012   #4
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JoesMorgue View Post
I just posted this in another thread:

SSDs have a limited number of writes to them, therefore you want to manage the drive as such.

I've heard there are ways to better prepare Windows for installation to an SSD, but I'm going to recommend against that because it would be more unnecessary writing to the drive.

Make sure you turn OFF the defragging of the drive. You defrag platter based drives because of physical limitations that do not exist in SSDs. SSDs will not slow down ANY noticeable amount as it frags.

One thing I did was set aside 4 Gigs [out of 16] at boot as a RamDrive, and I load an .IMG I made which puts specific folders on the drive, and then set my browser to use it for it's cache, I also made %Temp%, and %Tmp% point to Y:\Temp on the drive.

Because of keeping the drives from being needed to be "moved", I set my Blue-Ray to drive Z:, and my RamDrive to drive Y:. That way if I add drives, I don't have to worry about software complaining.

My networked drives that get letters start at Q: [Right now, there are 7 in my server]
Better that what? Windows 7 will automatically recognize the SSD and disable defragging for it.
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12 Nov 2012   #5
Microsoft MVP

 

With that size SSD I'd install all or most of your programs to it, keep the page file System Managed and onboard, and use the Hibernate function if you like it as many of us do.

When space gets tight the files that are best moved are User folders, by copying them to the HDD, then rightclicking each to link to the related Library - Include a Folder - Windows 7 Forums
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12 Nov 2012   #6

Win 7 Pro 64-bit 7601
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JoesMorgue View Post
SSDs have a limited number of writes to them, therefore you want to manage the drive as such.
There is little to worry about. Modern SSDs have to be written by 5-10 GB per day for years to end their "limited number of writes" pool.

That's a concern for big companies and datacenters/server farms that do have such high data movement needs, but not that much for home use.
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12 Nov 2012   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote:
SSDs have a limited number of writes to them, therefore you want to manage the drive as such.

I've heard there are ways to better prepare Windows for installation to an SSD, but I'm going to recommend against that because it would be more unnecessary writing to the drive.
I think you are just spreading gospel. There is absolutely nothing to worry about for a home user. The number of writes that are being done in a home installation will be far too low to impact any modern SSD during it's lifespan.
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12 Nov 2012   #8
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

There have been people testing SSD writes and some get to the terabyte range before any degradation occurs and to the petabyte range before failure, far more than a home user will reach in years of use.
Terabyte= 1000 gigabytes
Petabyte= 1000 terabytes
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12 Nov 2012   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64/Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

I NEVER said it was a MAJOR concern. I said there is a limited number of writes, when compared to HDDs.
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12 Nov 2012   #10

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
 
 

Keep your OS and Programs on your SSD, and move your "User" folder and subfolders to your Data drive. The stuff in Downloads/Pictures/Documents etc don't need the speed of your SSD, so keep them on the HDD.

If you don't use the Hibernate feature, turn it off and get rid of the Hibernate file, it will usually be the size of your RAM pool. You can also adjust the page file if you want. There are a few other tweaks but none that will really net you a huge amount of space.

Doing those things will make sure your premium SSD space will be available for what you need it for.
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