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Using a small SSD (32GB) as a system drive, any tips on how to streamline it.

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So I am thinking of getting a cheap small SSD like 32-64GB, strictly as a system drive, while using a 500GB HDD for storage and programs.

What are some things that I am going to have to set up in order to streamline the functionality.

I read somewhere about using a %systemroot command to change the default installation directory, but what about all the other things like indexing, temp files, ect ect.

Anyone else who uses a small SSD have any tips for me I would greatly appreciate it.
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For Windows 7:

http://www.overclock.net/t/1133897/windows-7-ssd-tweaking-guide/0_50
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For Windows 7:

http://www.overclock.net/t/1133897/windows-7-ssd-tweaking-guide/0_50

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I don't have any tips for using a small ssd better than the above linked guide but I do have one tip that I learned from personal experience.

A small ssd just for the OS with everything else installed to platter drives doesn't make much of a difference from what I saw. Yes windows loaded faster and anything in windows was quicker but all my programs and such still ran at regular hdd speeds. I don't sit in front of my computer rebooting it all the time just to marvel at the boot speeds I run programs and games.

They are more expensive per gigabyte but if you are going to get an ssd get a decent sized one so you can install your most commonly used games and programs to it as well as the os so you get the full benefit of it in everything. In the end I went back to my regular platter drives because at the time I didn't have the money for a good sized ssd to load everything to nor did I want to manage another drive in my system.

Personal experience only, your mileage may vary.
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post #5 of 9
I used a 30GB SSD for a while.

Install as little as possible onto the drive, and delete things that can be deleted (eg ms office backup folder, nvidia/amd installer files, hotfix uninstallers)
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You can also use symlinks to move stuff to the HDD but leave it appearing to be on the SSD as far as the OS is concerned. http://schinagl.priv.at/nt/hardlinkshellext/hardlinkshellext.html
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post #7 of 9
32GB SSD is not worth the cost anymore $50. I used 30GB, just after awhile it was too small. Perfect for HTPC use, but not as a main system.
64GB is not bad, about $70, 128GB for $100 and 256GB is $160.
    
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post #8 of 9
If you go the Intel route the newer boards (chipset p68 and up I believe) have the ability to use it as a cache drive. It's some Intel proprietary program blah blah blah. Or most ssd makers have a cache drive line. I've used one, they do improve boot times to near ssd, but if you don't access a heavier program often it will still take a while to load.

Save up about $150 and get a 250gb ssd on sale. If you play ALOT of games keep them an a mechanical hdd. If not IMO 250gb +/- should be enough for most people's needs. Keep ye olde fashioned hdd for "libraries".
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I ran my main PC on a 32GB drive for ages, had everything I used except games installed - Nuendo, CS6 etc - just had to use a HDD cache for Premiere/AE. Drive was about 80% full for two years.

SMART says it's got 10% or similar life left but it's still trucking along in my laptop... I like to live on the edge biggrin.gif
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