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Hi All--

I've been a lurker of overclock for a looooong while, but I figured I would log in finally make a post. lol

I'm working on my second build using an SSD w/ OS only setup. My question to you is where would you have all the user mumbo-jumbo assigned to?

I'll have a Crucial M4 64gb as the OS drive.

Then I'll be using a 450gb Velociraptor for program files and such. (I assigned user stuff to the "fast" HD in the first build I did.)

Then I'll have a Seagate barracuda 3tb as the storage drive in the system.

Would it be more ideal to have user files referenced off of the Barracuda or the Velociraptor? All thoughts are a appreciated!
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Hi All--

I've been a lurker of overclock for a looooong while, but I figured I would log in finally make a post. lol

I'm working on my second build using an SSD w/ OS only setup. My question to you is where would you have all the user mumbo-jumbo assigned to?

I'll have a Crucial M4 64gb as the OS drive.

Then I'll be using a 450gb Velociraptor for program files and such. (I assigned user stuff to the "fast" HD in the first build I did.)

Then I'll have a Seagate barracuda 3tb as the storage drive in the system.

Would it be more ideal to have user files referenced off of the Barracuda or the Velociraptor? All thoughts are a appreciated!
depends.
what user stuff are you speaking of?
App data from programs such as Microsoft office?
what are you mainly doing on this PC?

it may be much more beneficial to store all of your basic Windows user data on your SSD since it can just access through the same drive. you won't be bottlenecking operations by having the OS apps link data from a slower drive.

what else (other than OS) are you planning on running off of your SSD?
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Welcome to OCN

I think where you should place that data depends a bit on what kind of data it is. Usually 64GB is enough for windows + program files and a decent amount of user documents. I have a 40GB SSD in a laptop that is about 70% full with just that, but it doesn't have a lot of stuff installed. If your user library has a smaller size such as the "Documents" library - that could stay on the SSD for added responsiveness; "Videos" can stay just as well on the 'Cuda HDD as you don't need fast access for movies. MP3 and Pictures can also stay on a slow HDD. I would keep the Velociraptor as an overflow for programs and games as they see a good benefit from a faster drive.

cheers

*EDIT: if you're into tweaking you may want to try out a soft called RT7Lite, the nLite of old days. You can tune a Windows installation disk so that at the end you have a Windows setup with only what you need. The interest is that this trimmed Win7 would be (much) smaller. I've seen aggressive optimizations that ended up with only a 6-7GB Windows directory, which leaves more room for other things on the SSD. This optimisation process is done once, you burn the DVD and then each time you reinstall the final result is a slim Win7.
Edited by dragosmp - 8/18/11 at 8:01am
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This will get your SSD Set up so that your user files and large programs have a place to go. Be sure to do a new install of w7 on the ssd when you attempt to set up the ssd and large files segregation.
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