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I got a Crucial M4 128 GB SSD about 8 months ago and I absolutely love it. The only problem I have is that I have to limit the number programs that I can have installed. I don't know if I need a whole lot more space but I am debating getting another SSD or just getting a cheap HDD.

Is there any benefit to getting another SSD or am I further ahead to just getting a HDD so I can have more space than I know what to do with? I was also considering a portable hard drive. I have seen a few .75 -2 TB hard drives for pretty cheap. Is there any downside to using one of those?
    
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Have you optimized your SSD by turning off things like hibernation, system restore, and reducing your page file (some suggest turning it off, I turn mine down to 500MB just to be safe in case some application looks for its existence)? If you have, and lets say you have 50GB worth of steam games, I would suggest just getting an HDD to store all pictures/movies/music/steam games on while installing Windows and your other apps on the SSD.
post #3 of 7
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Yeah I turned all that stuff off so I try and keep only a hand full of games installed. I have about 40GB free right now (and try to keep about 30% free) so I am basically out of space.

Do I need to reinstall windows if I get a HDD or can I just plug it in and start storing stuff on it?
    
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You can start storing stuff on it immediately. If you want to redirect software to it (lets say you have steam installing games on C:\ today, it may be more difficult to move everything to D: (or E:\, whichever letter your new HDD takes).
post #5 of 7
Well I am actually in the same boat as you now. So what I did this morning was get another SSD and currently in the process of RAID-ing them. I just can't go back to HDD for anything other than storage. Seeing that SSDs have become cheaper why not just buy another one, or a bigger size. http://www.frys.com/product/6848006?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG
You can get a 25xGB SSDs now for under $200.
post #6 of 7
Get another 128GB SSD and migrate to RAID 0?
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Yeah I was waiting for the M4 to go on sale again. I'm assuming that it's best to have the same brand SSD when putting them in raid.
    
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