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I want to pull the trigger on an M4, but I don't know what size to get. Ive used 224GB of 1TB on my main drive, so a 256GB drive would be perfect. I just don't know if I want to spend 400+ for a hard drive. The next size down, 128GB, just seems too small.

If I go for the 128GB drive, what should I put on it? I know I put windows on, but Games? Applications? And is there a way that I can make my music, pictures,downloads, documents onto my hard Drive, instead of the SSD? Is there some registry setting to change that?

Also, What is a good guide on windows installation and setup for an SSD? I know there are some things you have to do with an SSD when you install windows, like put the pagefile and hybernation file on the HDD.

Thanks
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I want to pull the trigger on an M4, but I don't know what size to get. Ive used 224GB of 1TB on my main drive, so a 256GB drive would be perfect. I just don't know if I want to spend 400+ for a hard drive. The next size down, 128GB, just seems too small.

If I go for the 128GB drive, what should I put on it? I know I put windows on, but Games? Applications? And is there a way that I can make my music, pictures,downloads, documents onto my hard Drive, instead of the SSD? Is there some registry setting to change that?

Also, What is a good guide on windows installation and setup for an SSD? I know there are some things you have to do with an SSD when you install windows, like put the pagefile and hybernation file on the HDD.

Thanks
I wouldn't buy one over 64GB right now. With that, you can easily fit Windows and a few heavy-duty programs/games. Besides loading time differences, the gaming performance increase will only be seen once you start caching to your SSD, which will probably only happen if your graphics card can't handle the game you're playing. Seeing as you have a 5850, I don't think that will be a problem. By the time it is, SSD's will hopefully be a lot cheaper. So yeah,
I don't really see the need for that 256GB.
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It's as simple as naming a folder "Music" on your HDD. Then put your music in it. Not hard at all.

I have a 120gb drive. What to put on it? Windows, apps, and 4-8 games (depending on how large your games are.) Only put games that have long/many loading screens, or games that stream textures (like sandbox style games), or a game that you just play every single day on your SSD. Otherwise, it's a waste of space.

There's no point at all to putting your music/movies/images/etc on your SSD. Zero benefit.

RE: above poster. I'd MUCH rather have 90+ GB on my SSD than have to fight for space with a tiny 40-60GB drive. If I want to put 3 or 4 games on it, I don't have to carefully weigh the benefits of each. It's a no brainer. Plus, with SSDs, you want to leave a decent amount of space empty. This is much harder to do with a smaller drive. Larger sizes are faster, and have more write endurance as well.
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I want to pull the trigger on an M4, but I don't know what size to get. Ive used 224GB of 1TB on my main drive, so a 256GB drive would be perfect. I just don't know if I want to spend 400+ for a hard drive. The next size down, 128GB, just seems too small.

If I go for the 128GB drive, what should I put on it? I know I put windows on, but Games? Applications? And is there a way that I can make my music, pictures,downloads, documents onto my hard Drive, instead of the SSD? Is there some registry setting to change that?

Also, What is a good guide on windows installation and setup for an SSD? I know there are some things you have to do with an SSD when you install windows, like put the pagefile and hybernation file on the HDD.

Thanks
DL and run WinDirStat to get a better picture of your disk usage.
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SSD in Windows 7:

In BIOS: switch SSD to AHCI mode. This will make your SSD significantly faster. Make sure to do this before installing Windows.

To disable hibernation, open cmd and enter:

powercfg.exe /hibernate off

press enter to exit.

To move pagefile:

start>right-click computer>properties>advanced system settings>advanced>performance settings>advanced>change>uncheck automatically manage paging file size for all drives

You can probably figure out the rest from there.
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With an SSD as your main drive you don't need to store all your stuff on it. I'm perfectly happy with my 60GB SSD and all my programs installed on my other drives already load much faster than they did before I went SSD
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DL and run WinDirStat to get a better picture of your disk usage.
I'v already done that. Program Files(x86) Takes 123GB by itself. 51GB being steam + Games, 38GB being WOW, the rest being games and other programs.

My next biggest thing is My user in Windows, at 43GB. The things taking the most space: Pictures, Music, and Documents.

Windows is 21GB.

The main thing I think I have to watch out for is Games. Steam takes a lot of space up. Is it possible to install some games on HDD, and some on SSD?

Wow can stay on my HDD, thats fine. It loads fast enough by itself.

So i guess 128GB?
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ive used a 32gb for a boot drive it was more then enough, os and anti virus ect. i installed all the pic movies and games on another hdd. when i use a 64gb i install games and os anti virus ect. im not a big gamer, more into porn lol no jk.
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