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SO I'm pretty new to building my rig will be complete this weekend with having

64gb SSD
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In the past when i partitioned my os drive i just partitioned the entire thing. now i want to make sure I do it correctly, plz

obviously my SSD will be my OS drive and also will be using it for what ever RPG i want to play at the time. How should I partition it? all 64GB together? how about the 1TB of HDD space that is for music games pictures and everything else?

I'm new sry if this is a simple/stupid question.
     
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You have to partition them in the way that you want them to be partitioned. Personally, I prefer just one whole partition (so in my mind, there are no partitions at all).
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There is a theory out there that if you leave 25% of the SSD un-alocated you will increase the life of the drive. I did it for a while, but now I just run the whole thing.

As for the HDD...what I personally do is have one partition for programs and then one for storage. Then when I re-install the OS I can format the programs partition and keep all my storage. Plus this is nice for installing. Installs will default to your system root drive which will be your space limited SSD. I just replace the "C" with a "D" and click install. There is no navigating for folders or anything.

I also have one tiny 10GB partition that I will set to use as a page file and then hide.
Edited by Vagrant Storm - 10/7/11 at 8:38am
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There is a theory out there that if you leave 25% of the SSD un-alocated you will increase the life of the drive. I did it for a while, but now I just run the whole thing.

As for the HDD...what I personally do is have one partition for programs and then one for storage. Then when I re-install the OS I can format the programs partition and keep all my storage.
Today's SSDs (and even the Indilinx Barefoot drives like the original Vertex series) have enough hidden space for wear-leveling. So we can use 100% of the drives now.
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There is a theory out there that if you I also have one tiny 10GB partition that I will set to use as a page file and then hide.
Ive been reading around the forum and it seems that many articles on on pagefile say that SSDs ether dont need them or only need a very small one.

(also been told bc i have 16gb of ram i sould make page real small so my PC uses the ram and not the virtual memory)
     
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Ive been reading around the forum and it seems that many articles on on pagefile say that SSDs ether dont need them or only need a very small one.

(also been told bc i have 16gb of ram i sould make page real small so my PC uses the ram and not the virtual memory)
OH no...I meant that I have a 10GB page file partition on the HDD.

Never turn off the page file. If you are running 16GB of memory and still have page file ussage that is becuase the OS and the software want to put data there. When the data is needed the page file is the first place that will be checked. Turning off the page file can decrease performance for some things. For a lot of things really.
Edited by Vagrant Storm - 10/7/11 at 8:50am
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Ive been reading around the forum and it seems that many articles on on pagefile say that SSDs ether dont need them or only need a very small one.

(also been told bc i have 16gb of ram i sould make page real small so my PC uses the ram and not the virtual memory)
Why do you have 16 gig of ram?
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Ive been reading around the forum and it seems that many articles on on pagefile say that SSDs ether dont need them or only need a very small one.

(also been told bc i have 16gb of ram i sould make page real small so my PC uses the ram and not the virtual memory)
Turning off the Paging File is safe.

I haven't had a Paging File since the day Windows XP was released (yes, way back in 2001 or 2002), and I haven't had one single problem. I also haven't had any performance issues.

With 16GB of memory, your Paging File will default to being 16GB. There's absolutely no need for a Paging File with 16GB unless you are maxing out that 16GB of memory on a regular basis.

Here is another reason for having it enabled (which I think is a dumb reason):

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Heres is the real question. If you turn off the page file do you see your memory usage go up? I know I don't. That means the data is just being read from the hard drive anyway. You might as well make it easily accessible and put it where the program wants it. Some data is uncompressed and put on the page file. If this can't happen and it was not put into memory then it must be pulled from the hard drive and uncompressed. This is what eats performance. Though most high performance applications, like games, typicaly don't do this. I see it in my VM servers alot though if I don't have big enough page file.
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Why do you have 16 gig of ram?
lol b/c i got it for the price of 8gb

Ok well this is a gaming rig. so I think I'll shrink my page but not get rid of it.

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