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post #1 of 12
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Every where I look I see people talking about Boot HD, and was wondering:

Why would people use a 160GB HD just for an OS? It seems such a waste of space seen as an OS is just a few GB. If I was making a server could I just use an old 20GB HD to minimise waste?

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post #2 of 12
I'm not sure but maybe it has something to do with using the fastest part of the drive? similar to the idea of short-stroking.
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post #3 of 12
The main purpose is because files on your operating system are often accessed during normal computer use, and people prefer to use a secondary HDD or even a SSD nowdays to reduce access time to those operating system files.
Put the OS on the fastest drive for general better performance.
20GB HDD would work, but will perform the worst.
    
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post #4 of 12
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Ah. I think I will put it on a faster 160GB WD then. Thanks guys!
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post #5 of 12
Buy small and cheapest SSD for OC and you problems will be solved.
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post #6 of 12
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I might do that actually, but would have to wait for more cash to come in. :/
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post #7 of 12
My server boots from a 4GB flash drive
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post #8 of 12
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What OS does it run? I take it it's a Linux...?
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post #9 of 12
lol, that was actually a bit of a trick. It boots ESXi, which hosts multiple VMs that live on various drives. You can boot something like UnRAID from a USB though and have a fully functional storage/media server.
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W7 Ultimate x64 Asus ML249H Asus VE228H Alienware TactX 
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OCZ 550W Antec 902 Alienware TactX Razer Sphex 
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E-MU 0404 USB Ultrasone DJ1 Pro Headphones 
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Xeon E5405 Xeon E5405 SuperMicro X7DA3 ATI X1800 
RAMHard DriveCoolingCooling
16GB DDR2 FB-DIMM Various Hyper 101 Hyper 101 
OSMonitorPowerCase
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Containment
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Metamorphosis
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD 955BE Gigabyte GA-770TA-UD3 Asus GTX560ti 12GB DDR3 1333 CL7 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Spinpoint F3 750GB Seagate 1TB None Custom loop 
OSMonitorMonitorKeyboard
W7 Ultimate x64 Asus ML249H Asus VE228H Alienware TactX 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
OCZ 550W Antec 902 Alienware TactX Razer Sphex 
AudioAudio
E-MU 0404 USB Ultrasone DJ1 Pro Headphones 
CPUCPUMotherboardGraphics
Xeon E5405 Xeon E5405 SuperMicro X7DA3 ATI X1800 
RAMHard DriveCoolingCooling
16GB DDR2 FB-DIMM Various Hyper 101 Hyper 101 
OSMonitorPowerCase
ESXi 5.0 Headless Antec NEO ECO 620W Rosewill RSV-L4000 
MouseMouse PadOtherOther
None None HP P400 IPMI Card 
Other
HP Dual Gigabit NIC 
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post #10 of 12
Thread Starter 
Lol ok. I might do that, but nearer to the time of my build (or purchase i will post a new thread.

Thanks for all the help guys!!
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Battlefield 2 review.
Battlefield 2 PC Game EA
 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
WD 2 TB  LiteON DVD/CD R-W Drive AMD Standard cooler Windows 7 Ultimate 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
32' Luxor Full HD TV Microsoft comfort curce Antec 450 Watt OcUK Value case 
MouseAudio
Microsoft wireless mouse Logitech speakers & Bass 
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Main Rig.
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Battlefield 2 review.
Battlefield 2 PC Game EA
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Bulldozer FX4100 Gigabyte GA-M68MT-S2 MSI 7770 Kingston Hyper X | 2 x 2 GB 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
WD 2 TB  LiteON DVD/CD R-W Drive AMD Standard cooler Windows 7 Ultimate 
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32' Luxor Full HD TV Microsoft comfort curce Antec 450 Watt OcUK Value case 
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