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Windows 7: 2 HDD = 1 C Drive question

08 Dec 2013   #21
eiranix

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I have about 50gb of steam games installed which is only 5 games, 1 non-steam game 10gb, Adobe software another 10gb, smattering of other programs = 30gb.


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08 Dec 2013   #22
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I guess it is the Steam that kills it. In that case, maybe a SSHD would serve you better - unless you want to spend $160 for a 256GB SSD. The cheapest 256GB I bought was $138.

Example: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...131209004651:s
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08 Dec 2013   #23
eiranix

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Unfortunately where I am (I don't have time to wait for overseas delivery) that same SSD is like $100 more. Are SSHDs as reliable as normal HDDs?
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08 Dec 2013   #24
whs
Microsoft MVP

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Quote:
Are SSHDs as reliable as normal HDDs?
They are as reliable as HDDs which are not as reliable as (good) SSDs. They are essentially a HDD with a big SSD cache.

Some claim SSHDs are fast. I have ordered one to check that myself. There is a video on this page - if you believe it. There are some tricks to make it appear better than you would normally see. But still ..
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08 Dec 2013   #25
eiranix

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I am now considering a ST500LM000 as it's a similar price point to the 2 HDDs I was looking at earlier. Out of interest- which one did you order? I noticed some great looking WD ones with bigger SSD portions but they are not readily available yet...
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08 Dec 2013   #26
whs
Microsoft MVP

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I ordered this one with a $25 rebate. I never buy anything for list price, LOL.
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09 Dec 2013   #27
eiranix

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

*Sigh* - Now I'm considering this
I'm not happy about it either. It's very tempting though...
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09 Dec 2013   #28
alphanumeric

Windows 10 Education 64 bit
 
 

Running an SSD in a laptop also has other advantages over running them in a desktop PC. They draw less power so your on battery time is increased. They also generate less heat than a spinner drive. That means your laptop will run cooler and the cooling fan should run less. That's even better for the battery and the internals. If you check your specs for your current spinner drive you may find that it spins at 5400 RPM instead of 7200 RPM. The slower spinning drive will impact performance. It helps with reducing heat and less draw on the battery but the tradeoff is poorer performance than your typical 7200 RPM desktop drive. The speed difference when going from a spinner to an SSD is phenomenal. I have a 128 GB SSD and a 256 GB SSD in my laptop.

If you are in fact running a RAID0 stripped array, your recovery partition isn't on one drive or the other. Its split acrose both drives. Everything is split 50/50 across both drives. If one drive dies everything is lost. Backup what is important now before the drive fails.
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09 Dec 2013   #29
whs
Microsoft MVP

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by eiranix View Post
*Sigh* - Now I'm considering this
I'm not happy about it either. It's very tempting though...
That is a very nice SSD - sturdy.
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09 Dec 2013   #30
LMiller7

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Another advantage of an SSD in a laptop is the much better resistance to mechanical shock. Many a conventional drive has been killed by what was thought to be a minor fall. An SSD has shock tolerance on a par with other laptop components, and better than some.
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