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So for my new building I will either be going with a C300 or M4 or Intel 320 SSD and a Spin Point F3 1TB HDD. The SSD will be for the OS and the F3 1TB will be for apps and storage.


When I do my build do I have to partition both drives?

What will happen if you do not partition a drive?


How much space do I need for the OS? Would 60GB be enough or should I go with a 128GB SSD?

Also would all the windows updates over time take a lot of space on the SSD, if so would a 60 GB SSD be enough?
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As far as size goes, a 32GB is enough. I like a 64GB as it will allow you to install other programs that you want to load as quickly as possible.
    
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60gb is more than enough for the os and some games or apps biggrin.gif

You dont have to partition both drives, Wack the os on to the ssd which will be labels C:

And make sure the f3 is in ntfs format and it will assume the secondary role of the D:

You dont really need to partition off the drive unless you want to to store a back up on it
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I make lots of partitions and short stroke the ssd. Get a 60 gb sad and make one partition on it leaving 8 or 9 gb unpartitioned. This will help the drive last longer. Make several partitions on the mechanical hard drive. Use one of them for virtual memory. Both of these things should improve drive life. Short stroking is seen as necessary by a lot of people, so i'm prepared for flames.
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Originally Posted by breenemeister;13955317 
so i'm prepared for flames.


devil.gif << there you go bud biggrin.gif


In most cases its well worth doing it.

Would suggest you do it on your f3 allow 20gb,

Sdd maby knock off 5gb thumb.gif
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So I should partition both SSD and HDD, set AHCI for SSD and NTFS for the HDD in bios?
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NTFS is the file system. You don't set that in the BIOS, you choose it when you format the drive. You should unplug all your drives, including externals, except for the SSD and then start the process to install the OS
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Originally Posted by Captain1337;13955425 
So I should partition both SSD and HDD, set AHCI for SSD and NTFS for the HDD in bios?

To answer in a nutshell, Yes to all the questions above and you should hve a sweet system biggrin.gif

The c300 would be your best bet for ssd as its cheaper than the m4 and it runs a little bit quicker
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In case you may find it useful, here's my HDD/SSD settings and partitioning. I'm sure my way doesn't suit everyone, but it works for me. I'm sure there's lots of equally good strategies out there.

Currently, I have a 60GB OCZ Vertex II SSD for the Operating System, a 300GB WD Velociraptor for Applications and Games, and a WD Black 1TB Drive for everything else. I've also got an external Seagate 1TB drive for backups of backups and for my wife to back things up to.

All drives are formatted NTFS unless otherwise specified. Also, all drives are set to AHCI mode in BIOS.

SSD has the 100MB partition that Windows 7 makes at the front, then a 46 GB primary partition for Windows. 9.8 GB is left unallocated for wear leveling, etc. (short stroking). I did this because on that particular drive, the 50GB version and 60GB version are exactly the same, except for the spare area. OCZ decided that they didn't need to leave so much spare area and changed the available size. On this drive, I only install the operating system, virus scan program and add-ons like Adobe Reader. I move my user profile to the 1 TB drive.

The Raptor has two partions, 180 GB for Games and 100 GB for Apps, both primary.

The WD Black 1 TB has 7 partitions:

1st partition is 50 GB Primary for User Profiles. You have to copy the default profile and change the registry among other things. Here's a link http://www.maximumpc.com/article/howtos/howto_optimize_your_windows_profile_and_media_storage_ssd
It's best to do this right when you install Windows to avoid extra legwork.

2nd partition is 16 GB Primary for the page file (virtual memory). Don't forget to move this off the SSD to avoid unnecessary reads/writes. I set the page file to 6GB to match the RAM I have. 16 GB is overkill, but I left it that big because I have the space and if I increase my RAM, I have some room to grow. In retrospect, I should have put this partition first before the User Profiles to take advantage of the fastest part of the disk.

3rd partition is 2 GB Primary Fat32 for Linux Swap File. I don't currently have Linux installed, but you never know. Linux requires a swap partition, so I put it here just in case.

4th partition is 150 GB Extended and I have called this Utility. I don't have plans for it yet, but I may use it for storage of video while video editing. I could also install Linux here. If I want to do both, I can delete it and divide it up.

5th partition is 450 GB Extended for Media. Pictures, videos, music go here.

6th partition is 125 GB Extended for Data. Here, I store downloaded install files, documents, etc.

7th partition is 138.5 GB Extended for backups. Here, I store Ghost images of the OS partition and User Profile partition. You have to take an image of both every time.

My 1 TB external is split into 7 partitions for various backups of files. I plan on making use of synctoy for this in the future, but haven't done much with it yet.

All that said, I just pulled the trigger on a 120 GB Intel 510 SSD using the 10% off newegg coupon I just got. I'm going to use this for Games and Apps I want to open quickly. The 300 GB Raptor is going to become space for other apps. I'm going to move the page file to a 16 GB first partition there as well.

Anyway, thought I'd share my partitioning strategy. Probably big time overkill for 99% of people, but that's how I roll. Hopefully, you can get something out of it.
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