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There is a sticky at the top about getting the most space using a back up HDD on this form, I was going to try that. If Windows 7 takes up 50, leaves me about 10 for games, which is fine by me. 1 large game and smaller things like minecraft should fit just fine.

As far as raid goes I wanted to mirror the SSD on a partition of my 1 tb. not even sure if that would help speed or not or if its even possible. No experience with memory arrangement and raid. willing to learn though.
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As far as raid goes I wanted to mirror the SSD on a partition of my 1 tb. not even sure if that would help speed or not or if its even possible. No experience with memory arrangement and raid. willing to learn though.
Mirroring it with your HDD will make it HDD fast.

Backing it up on the other hand...
 
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You cannot raid SSDs with HDDs. Well, to be clear, I have never actually tried it, but don't. It would be best to install only windows and apps on your SSD, redirect the users profile to the HDD, and store all data there. It would be good to have an external or 2nd HDD for backup purposes.
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There is a sticky at the top about getting the most space using a back up HDD on this form, I was going to try that. If Windows 7 takes up 50, leaves me about 10 for games, which is fine by me. 1 large game and smaller things like minecraft should fit just fine.

As far as raid goes I wanted to mirror the SSD on a partition of my 1 tb. not even sure if that would help speed or not or if its even possible. No experience with memory arrangement and raid. willing to learn though.
No, Windows 7 will take up only ~15GB if not including hiberanation and paging file.

You do NOT want to mirror a SSD to a HDD. This forces them to synchronize so your SSD will perform as fast as your HDD.... pointless. You probably mean you want periodic backups of your SSD to your HDD. You can use 3rd party ghosting software.

NOTE: The 780i chipset may bottleneck SSD performance. It WILL bottleneck SSD RAID performance if you ever attempt it.

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You cannot raid SSDs with HDDs. Well, to be clear, I have never actually tried it, but don't.
Sure, you can. A SATA storage device is a SATA storage device.
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I would go with a 120 gb.. 64 will not be a good size for basics.. it didnt work for me
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I appreciate all the help guys. Is there a large thread on conserving SSD space? I would have gone 128 GB but my college student budget can only afford 64 GB.

Relocating the user file seems to save a lot of space and there is a big thread on how to do that. I plan to do this with my SSD.

Is there help with the page files and hibernation mode that seem to take up lots of space. My computer never hibernates unless I am misunderstanding what hibernation mode is.
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Crucial M4, 500mb read for fair price. I'm getting it this Saturday. so so excited.
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Would it be worth investing in a pci sata three card to connect the sata three drive to get the most out of it. Will I see a noticeable difference on my boot up and the load times in my one or two games stored on the ssd.
post #19 of 19
Unlikely. SSD vs HDD compared to SSD on 3Gb/s vs SSD on 6Gb/s. It's easy to notice the difference in seek times, not so easy to notice the difference in transfer rates.

You'd see it in benchmarks, but in day to day?
 
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