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Windows 7: Should I setup my SSD with SRT or OS installation

01 Feb 2012   #1
Marshall Moore

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Should I setup my SSD with SRT or OS installation

I just ordered a Gigabyte Z68X-UD3H- B3 mobo. I would like some suggestions.

If you were me would you add a 64GB SSD and setup this system for Smart Response Technology or would you add a 120GB SSD and install the OS on it?

My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Feb 2012   #2
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

I would use the 64GB SSD for the OS. SRT will probably not buy you a lot. 64GB is ample for the OS (I run 4 systems with those) because my OSs never exceed 30GBs. But I put my data on the HDDs and apply a few little tricks to reduce the OS size.

PS: Please type in normal non-bolded letters. Your posting gives me a headache.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Feb 2012   #3

Main - Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-Bit; 2nd - Windows Server 2008 R2

I agree with whs. I just bought an ASUS Z68 board, and while I am curious about SRT, I am not curious enough to try using it instead of a straight SSD-for-the-OS setup. Compare benchmarks for regular SSDs against that of the new hybrid drives and it's no contest:

Seagate Momentus XT Hybrid ST750LX003 | Seagate,Momentus XT,ST750LX003,750GB,Solid State Hybrid Drive,Benchmarks,Performance,SSHD,RAID-0,Tests,Olin Coles,Seagate Momentus XT 750GB Solid State Hybrid Drive ST750LX003 Benchmark Performance SSHD Tests b

The only time I would consider one of those would be for a mini ATX or Home Theater rig where there was only room for one drive, period. Since the SRT at best will mimic a hybrid HD setup I would consider it a step down from an SSD boot drive system. :)
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