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I've got all my build parts, and will start putting it together tomorrow.

I have a SSD and caviar black 1tb hdd.

I'd like to know how you would setup your systems if you had these two drives.

So I was thinking OS and Apps on SSD and 50% of 1TB for games and the remaining on documents and work files.
    
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probably similar to you, the SSD for OS and apps.. the WD Cavier Black for games and files. and when you can get an external drive for backups thumb.gif
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That's how I've set mine up. Follow Sean Webster's guide. He'll show up in here eventually.
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Sorry for the 'google' questions but can you keep the page file on an SSD and if you have 16gb ram do you need a page file?

Also what about partitioning a SSD 90% with 10% blank for increased life of SSD?
    
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Sorry for the 'google' questions but can you keep the page file on an SSD and if you have 16gb ram do you need a page file?

some people say its ok to leave it on the SSD as pagefile is small reads/writes at which SSD's excel and with 16GB of RAM you could reduce the size of your pagefile. now as you have 16GB of RAM i highly doubt that you use all of it to need to use pagefile so in that case move it to the HDD thumb.gif
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Also what about partitioning a SSD 90% with 10% blank for increased life of SSD?

not sure about this one sorry
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Depending on the size of your SSD, you may want to put some games on the SSD. For example if your rocking a 120 gig, then you could put 10 or so games comfortably on there to improve load times. Use Steam mover to send your steam games less frequently played to your HDD.
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Yeah If you get the 64gb I'd just use it for OS/Main programs (believe me you WILL download more to it, it will fill up quick)

However, if you get the 120, then use it for games/os/main programs/etc.

I'd say 60% games and 2 20% sections for work/programs for the HDD though.
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I'm reluctant to add more partitions than necessary, max im willing to do is 2 partitions on the 1tb as I have 7 hdds connected to my machine some with partitions, total of 13 drives.

I have the Crucial M4 128GB, i also specifically bought the WD caviar black as its fast, so games will go on there.

Do SSDs suffer same issues with HDDs in terms of Windows slowing down after a while (1 year later)?
    
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I'm reluctant to add more partitions than necessary, max im willing to do is 2 partitions on the 1tb as I have 7 hdds connected to my machine some with partitions, total of 13 drives.
I have the Crucial M4 128GB, i also specifically bought the WD caviar black as its fast, so games will go on there.
Do SSDs suffer same issues with HDDs in terms of Windows slowing down after a while (1 year later)?

Correct me if i am wrong.
I believe windows slowing down after a while on hdd is mostly due to fragmentation. That's why traditionally defragmentation can speed up hdd a lot. Since SSD can access all the data at really fast speed. It's kind of a different issue.
SSD slowing down after a while is due to the need to actually write an empty block of data over "deleted files", which obviously takes additional resources.

Anyway, I don't see why you have to partition the 1TB drive if you don't want to. 1 single partition on ssd, 1 single partition on your caviar black. Hope I am not completely missing the point tongue.gif
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Correct me if i am wrong.
I believe windows slowing down after a while on hdd is mostly due to fragmentation. That's why traditionally defragmentation can speed up hdd a lot. Since SSD can access all the data at really fast speed. It's kind of a different issue.
SSD slowing down after a while is due to the need to actually write an empty block of data over "deleted files", which obviously takes additional resources.
Anyway, I don't see why you have to partition the 1TB drive if you don't want to. 1 single partition on ssd, 1 single partition on your caviar black. Hope I am not completely missing the point tongue.gif

That makes sense, the fragmentation logic.

Reason for partitioning the 1TB is so I can install games on 1 and documents on the other. So if i do want to reinstall windows I can by wiping the games partition and windows on the ssd without affecting any work files.
    
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