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Well for me I only use about 92GB of my current RAID0 array (3x7200.10s in RAID0). For reads, I tend to get about 220mb, but my access time is killing me.
I guess what my question is, is it really worth it for me to do the following:

1. Add a SATA 3 60gb SSD for SRT with my current RAID0 array.

2. Replace RAID0 array for a SATA 3 120GB SSD and use my ext 1TB for storage.

I am thinking I won't see much bang for the buck with SRT, but will on the 120GB SSD since it will be my boot/OS drive.

Here is a HDtune SS for reference.


Edited by bluedevil - 8/3/11 at 8:37am
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post #2 of 18
I my opinion, a separate SSD/HDD configuration is still preferable over SSD caching. A good 120GB drive will deliver fantastic results with plenty of space for the OS and a bunch of programs. Seems like a good way to go.

Why ditch the RAID, though?
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I would say yes. I'll never go back to spinning platters on my workstation.
I run my OS and all programs on my SSD, and then my games on a 250GB 7.2K WD drive. Then I store all documents and media on my file server... Having the SSD just makes the computer so much more responsive and snappy. I even ran my CPU at stock for months because I felt it didn't make programs open any faster anymore.
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Do #2 for sure.

SRT provides a read cache.

A standalone SSD will provide much better performance in both read and writes. The onlly creavet is that the user will have to be better aware of disk usage.... which you are.
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A standalone SSD will provide much better performance in both read and writes. The only caveat is that the user will have to be better aware of disk usage.... which you are.
With a 120GB drive it's barely an issue anyway. Heck, it doesn't even take that much concentration with a 64GB. With a 40GB like I'm using at the moment it becomes another story, but it's still manageable.
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With a 120GB drive it's barely an issue anyway. Heck, it doesn't even take that much concentration with a 64GB. With a 40GB like I'm using at the moment it becomes another story, but it's still manageable.
Just so I can trim Win7 down more, could someone give me a good Win7 trim guide? (delete install files, useless garbage)
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post #7 of 18
Yes,

get the SSD and add another mechanical hdd for storage.

the SSD will perform much faster in random I/O, but you may notice small differences in sequential I/O to your storage drive.
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Just so I can trim Win7 down more, could someone give me a good Win7 trim guide? (delete install files, useless garbage)
IMO, there is really no need.... Windows 7 64-bit requires only about 15GB (excluding paging file and hiberation file).
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Just so I can trim Win7 down more, could someone give me a good Win7 trim guide? (delete install files, useless garbage)
Windows will take ~20GB after it's updated and everything with hibernation disabled and the page file reduced. If that's too much I suppose there are ways to cut it down some more, but it might not be worth it.
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Just so I can trim Win7 down more, could someone give me a good Win7 trim guide? (delete install files, useless garbage)
Ccleaner
http://www.filehippo.com/download_ccleaner/

Then add CCEnhancer to it.
http://thewebatom.net/software/ccenhancer/download/

Will clean up all the extra cap you dont need.


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Windows will take ~20GB after it's updated and everything with hibernation disabled and the page file reduced. If that's too much I suppose there are ways to cut it down some more, but it might not be worth it.
I also disable hibernate: powercfg -h off in command prompt. I just disable my page file too. Also, turn off system restore as well.
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