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Windows 7: using 2 ssd's

23 May 2011   #11
GeneO

Windows 10 Pro. EFI boot partition, full EFI boot
 
 

Yeah, great idea. Loading textures etc. for levels on games can take quite a long time. Even if you had a large SSD for the OS, putting games on a separate SSD lets you image backup the OS quicker (without having to back up huge games along with the OS).


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23 May 2011   #12
DustSailor

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
 
 

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I'm running an 80GB OS drive at home and I've never filled it past 50% capacity with a couple of games loaded. I think it all depends upon how much stuff you elect to load. I don't load a bunch of stuff myself.
yep. All depends on OP's setup. I think I loaded steam up on my main drive and it filled it good. With steam, you have to download the whole program to another drive because it doesn't give the option to download to other drives when installing games.
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23 May 2011   #13
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DustSailor View Post
I wouldn't recommend the 60GB ssd for the OS unless you plan on ONLY having the OS on there and moving everything else to another disk drive. 60GB is a lot, but over time you will come to find that you will loose a lot of space if you install too much to it. my SSD is 80GB and I've come close to running out of space, and I've put most everything over to another HDD! with 120GB, you could install some games and/or applications onto the same drive as your C drive and not have to worry so much about keeping everything from installing on your main
60GB is plenty. I have Win7 x64 on this system since day1 on a 60GB Vertex, There is also a Virtual Box Ubuntu system plus 1700 program folders. I only keep some of my user files on a HDD but the original user folders are still on the SSD. And after all that time I still have 32GB of free space.


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23 May 2011   #14
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DustSailor View Post
yep. All depends on OP's setup. I think I loaded steam up on my main drive and it filled it good. With steam, you have to download the whole program to another drive because it doesn't give the option to download to other drives when installing games.
this sounds like a job for steammover - a simple app that lets you use junction points to move certain games to other drives...

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You can store all your steam games on multiple drives, and they all carry on working! You no longer have to do the install/uninstall shuffle to get enough disk space on drive C:\ for that latest game.

You can benefit from that fast, but small, SSD drive by only storing the games you regularly play on the SSD, and moving the older games onto a slower larger hard disk. And all games remain playable in steam.
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23 May 2011   #15
DustSailor

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
 
 

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DustSailor View Post
I wouldn't recommend the 60GB ssd for the OS unless you plan on ONLY having the OS on there and moving everything else to another disk drive. 60GB is a lot, but over time you will come to find that you will loose a lot of space if you install too much to it. my SSD is 80GB and I've come close to running out of space, and I've put most everything over to another HDD! with 120GB, you could install some games and/or applications onto the same drive as your C drive and not have to worry so much about keeping everything from installing on your main
60GB is plenty. I have Win7 x64 on this system since day1 on a 60GB Vertex, There is also a Virtual Box Ubuntu system plus 1700 program folders. I only keep some of my user files on a HDD but the original user folders are still on the SSD. And after all that time I still have 32GB of free space.
lol yea, i have to be more careful with what I throw on my main drive. I have like 4 different drives in my computer because SSds are so expensive o.0 rofl. Wish I could have only 2 SSDs and perhaps an HDD for storage.

Glad the OP got the suggestions he required.
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24 May 2011   #16
jimbo45

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
 
 

Hi there
I agree that LOADING of games will be much faster using an SSD -- no question about that.

My point was that once the game was loaded - provided you have enough RAM and a decent GPU in the computer the actual Game playing experience won't be that much quicker overall.

The OP addresses the point of a SECOND SSD -- I wasn't suggesting that he doesn't use ONE SSD but merely to say IMO I think the money would be better spent on more RAM or a large conventional faster HDD drive than a second SSD.

I think the point was missed -- nobody was saying DON'T have an SSD !!! merely whether it was cost effective in buying a SECOND one.

(Of course if you can source a CHEAP decently large one then go for it). However with 2 TB conventional usb drives available now for around 85 USD You IMO would be better off buying one of these and using for taking adequate backups - SSD's like other devices aren't 100% reliable either although so far the track record of these appears to be quite good).

Cheers
jimbo
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24 May 2011   #17
vic46

win7 ultimate 64bit
 
 

Hi,
Thanks for all replys to my question.Seems to be 50/50 regarding using a second ssd just for games,so I think i'll look for an ssd for the os install one or two games on it as well initially to see what it's like and go from there.Thank's again to everyone.

cheers vic


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24 May 2011   #18
GeneO

Windows 10 Pro. EFI boot partition, full EFI boot
 
 

Loading of the game itself isn't a big deal, I agree. But once you have loaded a game, you usually have to load very large files for each new level you play and those take a long time and an SSD helps a lot.
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24 May 2011   #19
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by vic46 View Post
Hi,
Thanks for all replys to my question.Seems to be 50/50 regarding using a second ssd just for games,so I think i'll look for an ssd for the os install one or two games on it as well initially to see what it's like and go from there.Thank's again to everyone.

cheers vic


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Maybe a hybrid HDD would be another option. They are supposed to be 80% faster than traditional HDDs and the cost per GB is a lot better than for SSDs.

If anybody has one of those hybrids, it would be interesting to get real life input.
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24 May 2011   #20
DustSailor

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Maybe a hybrid HDD would be another option. They are supposed to be 80% faster than traditional HDDs and the cost per GB is a lot better than for SSDs.

If anybody has one of those hybrids, it would be interesting to get real life input.
I actually do, just installed it with a new motherboard so I'll be testing games on it pretty soon. Before, I would play most of my games on a 10,000RPM Velociraptor HHD. I wont do any benchmarks, but I'll see if I can't let you know if there isn't any tangible, real difference between what i used before. This Hybrid is a 7,200 RPM, I think like 2 GBs of it are SSD.
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