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Windows 7: Any benefit in using my standard hd along with my ssd?

06 Sep 2013   #1
p5200

windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 
Any benefit in using my standard hd along with my ssd?

Before I installed the ssd, I had a 500GB Seagate running my OS and was using a Samsung 320GB hd to store a system backup image / paging file and temp files on. I have an external usb drive which I keep my backup images on now. Would it be of benefit to hook the Samsung drive back up and use it for paging and temp files again? If so, do I need to format the Samsung drive first? Thanks! :)


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06 Sep 2013   #2
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello p5200,

Since SSDs are faster than a HDD, it would actually hurt your performance to move the page and temp file to a HDD instead of leaving them on the SSD.

A HDD good be good for backups and extra storage to save space on the SSD though.

Hope this helps, :)
Shawn
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06 Sep 2013   #3
p5200

windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello p5200,

Since SSDs are faster than a HDD, it would actually hurt your performance to move the page and temp file to a HDD instead of leaving them on the SSD.

A HDD good be good for backups and extra storage to save space on the SSD though.

Hope this helps, :)
Shawn
I have usb flash drives I keep a lot of data on so I'll just leave it like its then. Thanks! :)
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06 Sep 2013   #4
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You're welcome. :)
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06 Sep 2013   #5
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Because SSDs are still pretty expensive, most people will stall the entire OS and programs on the SSD and use HDDs for data only storage. The better HDDs today are plenty fast for data only access and writes. Using an SSD for data storage gains very little and just isn't cost effective

I'm using a 128 GB SSD (Samsung 840 Pro) for my OS and programs and keep my data on a 2TB HDD (Western Digital Black) and my computer runs like greased lightning on steroids.

If you're a gamer and have very many large games that you would want to load faster (they won't actually run faster), you may want a larger SSD than 128GB.

In your case, I would suggest adding an SSD to put just your entire OS and programs on and use the HDDs you have now for data storage.
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06 Sep 2013   #6
LMiller7

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

The performance characteristics of an SSD (primarily very low seek times) make it an almost perfect fit for the typical usage patterns of the pagefile. On the other hand, the characteristics of a conventional drive are about as wrong as you could imagine.
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06 Sep 2013   #7
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by LMiller7 View Post
The performance characteristics of an SSD (primarily very low seek times) make it an almost perfect fit for the typical usage patterns of the pagefile. On the other hand, the characteristics of a conventional drive are about as wrong as you could imagine.
Also where SSD shines is doing video muxing. Doing audio only conversions while remuxing .mkv as .mp4 on a Kingston SSD I could just watch the progressbar slide across. Converter, source, dest, and temp files all on the SSD. Lots of fun there. It works especially well for small self-contained converters that don't require installation or parking anything in the System32 folder.
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