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Windows 7: Noob hard drive question here.

19 Aug 2010   #11

Windows 7

so the SSD drive isnt what I thought it was. I thought the point of it was to give you better performance during gameplay, not just to boost the speed of the program starting up. Thank you all for the help.

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19 Aug 2010   #12
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

Since your SSD is so small, you want to optimize it a bit:

1. You want to move the user folders to the HDD: User Folders - Change Default Location

2. You want to delete the hibernation file (assuming you do not use hibernation): Open and elevated cmd and type: powercfg.exe -h off

3. You will not fit a lot of games. The system itself will take about 17GBs and you should leave about 5GBs free.
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20 Aug 2010   #13

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit


You are not wrong in the sense, SSDs do in fact help increase loading times of games.

The large majority of games will load a level, and then run from memory. So for the most part, the game is running from memory once its loads a level and you really see no benefit from the SSD other than that short initial loading time.

However, there are certain games, that have huge open worlds that load sections (or cells) on the fly & will see the most benefit from a SSD as far as games go.
(Oblivion and Fallout 3 for example)

The point we are trying to make is that the system itself will get a huge gain from a SSD as it is contantly accessing the disc for thousands of small files.

Even if you install your games to a spinning drive, you will still see a performance gain overall in everything because of this.
In fact, the games themself seem to load slightly faster even though they aren't themselves located on the SSD.

If you have a secondary smaller SSD, putting a couple games on it wouldn't hurt. Especially the ones that want to load sections of a large wold on the fly.

But with just a single SSD, you are certainly better off letting Win7 have it. the gains to be had this way far outweigh the small perf. gain youll get for games.

whs has given some additional excellent advice.

Hope this helps understand a bit better what we are all trying to say :)
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20 Aug 2010   #14

Windows 7

This has all been great information. I really appreciate it.
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20 Aug 2010   #15

W7 Ulti/64, XP Pro/32

You want the OS on the SSD.
Anything that you want to benefit from SSD speed, must be on the SSD. That would include games.

The spin drive is for files that are edited a lot. Backups, pics, movies etc......

You want to reduce the writes to disk as much as possible. Make sure you have trim enabled. There are a couple of OS adjustments, disable defragment, prefetch, superfetch for the SSD. ( should have been done before purchase) Go to SSD manufacturer forums and check up on your particular SSD. Taken care of right, SSD's are sweet, but beware they can be frustrating when used improperly. My boot array writes 475Mb/s and reads 625Mb/s.
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21 Aug 2010   #16

W7 Ulti/64, XP Pro/32

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Sabellian View Post
so the SSD drive isnt what I thought it was. I thought the point of it was to give you better performance during gameplay, not just to boost the speed of the program starting up. Thank you all for the help.
Gaming is about cpu's, ram mhz, and vid cards, and of course the player. Altho a fast disk will not hurt. It will not improve your game play. If your games run fine now, they will still run fine.
SSD's are quiet and use less wattage, this is a plus in itself.
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