Overclock.net › Forums › Components › Hard Drives & Storage › SSD › What should I do with my SSD?
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

What should I do with my SSD?

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 
So I am sure that this question has been asked many times but I will be getting a SSD and I am just wondering what would be the best way for me to optimize its usage?
ATM i have:
2TB Western Digital Green
1TB Western Digital Green
and i will be getting a Crucial M4 for my SSD
This is where the questions come in:
What size of SSD should I get? (64gb or 128gb)
How would I get best use out of everything? (OS, browser, media player on SSD (what else) but also what about my HDD how can i best optimize them?)
My main question is how would i get the best performance out of everything.
I have heard of RAID 0 which makes one big drive (i think) but really dont know much. Please help me with this
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 2500K (Watercooled) ASUS P8Z77-I Deluxe EVGA GTX 670 (Watercooled) Corsair Dominator Platinum  
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
750GB Western Digital Scorpio Black Crucial M4  Custom Loop Windows 7 Ultimate 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
Samsung SyncMaster 2494HM Dell 19 Inch  Cooler Master Quick Fire TK/Stealth  Silverstone ST45SF-G 
CaseMouseAudioAudio
Compact Splash R.A.T. 7 Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi HD  Audio Technica ATH-M50 
  hide details  
Reply
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 2500K (Watercooled) ASUS P8Z77-I Deluxe EVGA GTX 670 (Watercooled) Corsair Dominator Platinum  
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
750GB Western Digital Scorpio Black Crucial M4  Custom Loop Windows 7 Ultimate 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
Samsung SyncMaster 2494HM Dell 19 Inch  Cooler Master Quick Fire TK/Stealth  Silverstone ST45SF-G 
CaseMouseAudioAudio
Compact Splash R.A.T. 7 Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi HD  Audio Technica ATH-M50 
  hide details  
Reply
post #2 of 7
RAID 0

Not really RAID, because it offers no Redundancy. It is more of just a performance based Array of Independent Disks.

A long time ago I had a teacher explain RAID 0 in a very simple way (That may or may not be 100% accurate, but I love its simplicity)

You have a Raid 0 setup with the minimum 2 disks.

The RAID is Striped across these two drives.

You have a file that is 10 pieces and it needs to be written to the disk.

How does this striping increase reading and writing performance?

Think of it this way.

Drive 1 of the RAID will write 1,3,5,7,9 of the ten part file.

Drive 2 of the RAID will write 2,4,6,8,10 of the ten part file.

as part 1 is written to drive 1

Part 2 is written to drive two at the exact same time.

Hence the increased read/write speed.

It is like having a multi-head drive, because instead of it only being able to do one thing at any given time it can now do 2 things.

I know this is very rudimentary.

But it makes things quite clear.

Any corrections encouraged.

I currently run 2x 80GB intel SSDs, but they are not in RAID. I like my trim function.

I do not see the need to RAID my SSDs. They are plenty fast enough.

I vote for SSD as the OS drive for apps and some games. It is wicked fast.

If it is in your budget get the best performer and the most space you will need.



con
When you are working on non SSD PCs you will want to die die die. -_-
Edited by NitroNarcosis - 10/14/11 at 8:10am
post #3 of 7
This is how I have my drives

I Like Smileys :)
(16 items)
 
Sony Vaio 1512
(9 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7-2600K 4.6GHz Asus P8P67 Pro Bios 3207 MSI GTX 970 GAMING 4G Ripjaws-X 16GB 1600MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
80GB Intel & 128GB 830  2 x WD640 Caviar Black LG DVD-RW Noctua NH-D14  
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 HP 64bit Acer 5906x1080 3D Logitech G15 Corsair TX850W 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Antec Dark Fleet DF-85 Logitec G700 Razer Goliathus Sharkoon X-Tatic 5.1 Headset 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel® Core™ i5-3210M Laptop  HD 4000 Corsair Vengeance 8GB  
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Samsung 840 250GB DVD Multi Windows 8 15.5 inch display (1366 x 768) 
Keyboard
LED Back lit 
  hide details  
Reply
I Like Smileys :)
(16 items)
 
Sony Vaio 1512
(9 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7-2600K 4.6GHz Asus P8P67 Pro Bios 3207 MSI GTX 970 GAMING 4G Ripjaws-X 16GB 1600MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
80GB Intel & 128GB 830  2 x WD640 Caviar Black LG DVD-RW Noctua NH-D14  
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 HP 64bit Acer 5906x1080 3D Logitech G15 Corsair TX850W 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Antec Dark Fleet DF-85 Logitec G700 Razer Goliathus Sharkoon X-Tatic 5.1 Headset 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel® Core™ i5-3210M Laptop  HD 4000 Corsair Vengeance 8GB  
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Samsung 840 250GB DVD Multi Windows 8 15.5 inch display (1366 x 768) 
Keyboard
LED Back lit 
  hide details  
Reply
post #4 of 7
It's best to raid drives that are the same size.

I would do:

64gb m4 as boot with OS

2tb green as a programs and media drive

1tb green as a drive for backups

If you don't need an internal drive for backups I would use the 1tb for programs and games and the 2tb for media (movies and music)

Edit: Heres another visual

Edited by morgofborg - 10/14/11 at 8:17am
post #5 of 7
SSD size is really based on what you can afford and how much you think you need. I'd say 128GB for your OS and Games/Apps to run from. Although only install apps/games on your SSD if they have heavy loading times.

Use the 1TB for apps that don't have large load times
Use the 2TB for storage

You could setup your SSD as a cache to optimise your larger drives, it's not something i've done myself, but there maybe people here that could assist you in that route.

RAID-0 is a method in which data is split between 2 or more drives and in turn you recieve twice as much read/write performance over a single drive. This is ideal for slower mechanical drives, and does indeed act as one larger volume.
 
X79 Build
(13 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7-6950X @ 4.0Ghz Asus Rampage V Extreme [Bios:3101] 2x EVGA GeForce Titan X SC Editions in SLI 32GB (4×8) Corsair Dominator Platinums (3000Mhz) 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Samsung 950 Pro 512GB M.2 Nvme 2x 256GB Vertex 4 SSD (RAID-0) 2x 2TB Seagate Barracuda [Storage] Pioneer BDR-207DBK Blu-ray Writer 
CoolingOSMonitorPower
Corsair H105 (Push/Pull) Windows 10 Pro x64 2x 27" Asus PG278Q ROG Swift 144hz  Corsair AX1500i Digital ATX 80 Plus Titanium 
CaseAudio
Lian Li PC-O8WX ATX Cube Case Logitech Z906 5.1 Surround 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7-3930K (C2) @ (4.6Ghz) Asus Rampage IV Extreme X79 (Bios 3204) 3x EVGA GTX780Ti's SC Editions 32GB (4x8GB) G-Skill TridentX 2400Mhz 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
2x 256GB OCZ Vertex 4's (RAID-0) 2x 2TB Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 64MB Cache Pioneer BDR-207DBK Blu-ray Writer Corsair H105 (Push/Pull) 
OSMonitorPowerCase
Win7 Pro 64Bit & Win10 Pro 64Bit Asus ROG Swift (2560x1440 @144hz) Corsair AX1200 + Corsair RED sleeved cables Coolermaster Cosmos II Ultra 
  hide details  
Reply
 
X79 Build
(13 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7-6950X @ 4.0Ghz Asus Rampage V Extreme [Bios:3101] 2x EVGA GeForce Titan X SC Editions in SLI 32GB (4×8) Corsair Dominator Platinums (3000Mhz) 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Samsung 950 Pro 512GB M.2 Nvme 2x 256GB Vertex 4 SSD (RAID-0) 2x 2TB Seagate Barracuda [Storage] Pioneer BDR-207DBK Blu-ray Writer 
CoolingOSMonitorPower
Corsair H105 (Push/Pull) Windows 10 Pro x64 2x 27" Asus PG278Q ROG Swift 144hz  Corsair AX1500i Digital ATX 80 Plus Titanium 
CaseAudio
Lian Li PC-O8WX ATX Cube Case Logitech Z906 5.1 Surround 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7-3930K (C2) @ (4.6Ghz) Asus Rampage IV Extreme X79 (Bios 3204) 3x EVGA GTX780Ti's SC Editions 32GB (4x8GB) G-Skill TridentX 2400Mhz 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
2x 256GB OCZ Vertex 4's (RAID-0) 2x 2TB Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 64MB Cache Pioneer BDR-207DBK Blu-ray Writer Corsair H105 (Push/Pull) 
OSMonitorPowerCase
Win7 Pro 64Bit & Win10 Pro 64Bit Asus ROG Swift (2560x1440 @144hz) Corsair AX1200 + Corsair RED sleeved cables Coolermaster Cosmos II Ultra 
  hide details  
Reply
post #6 of 7

well me personally,
-i have my ssd to boot OS and install any programs i use. i have 1 or 2 main games that i currently play on there as well.

-the large capacity HDD(s) to store any personal stuff, movies, music, etc,etc

you should look at this video to understand raid

post #7 of 7
Thread Starter 
thank you everyone for your help i will take a more indepth look later at how i will be making use of my drives but it will be very close to what Mhill2029 suggested. Thanks to all and reps have been given as required.
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 2500K (Watercooled) ASUS P8Z77-I Deluxe EVGA GTX 670 (Watercooled) Corsair Dominator Platinum  
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
750GB Western Digital Scorpio Black Crucial M4  Custom Loop Windows 7 Ultimate 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
Samsung SyncMaster 2494HM Dell 19 Inch  Cooler Master Quick Fire TK/Stealth  Silverstone ST45SF-G 
CaseMouseAudioAudio
Compact Splash R.A.T. 7 Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi HD  Audio Technica ATH-M50 
  hide details  
Reply
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 2500K (Watercooled) ASUS P8Z77-I Deluxe EVGA GTX 670 (Watercooled) Corsair Dominator Platinum  
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
750GB Western Digital Scorpio Black Crucial M4  Custom Loop Windows 7 Ultimate 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
Samsung SyncMaster 2494HM Dell 19 Inch  Cooler Master Quick Fire TK/Stealth  Silverstone ST45SF-G 
CaseMouseAudioAudio
Compact Splash R.A.T. 7 Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi HD  Audio Technica ATH-M50 
  hide details  
Reply
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: SSD
Overclock.net › Forums › Components › Hard Drives & Storage › SSD › What should I do with my SSD?