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SSD as a boot drive?

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Now, I know SSD's are so much faster than a standard HDD...but hear me out.

I have reinstalled windows quite a bit...all from issues I have had with hardware, like HDD crashes and what not.

I want to get an SSD as a boot drive + a few of my most used programs, games will go on a storage drive.


I would most likely be re-installing windows from scratch, and using windows transfer to transfer my settings, desktop/user files, and whatnot, but no hard data.

This, obviously, is a bit of a pain - I will be getting a 128gb SSD, which, after format and install, I should have about 100GB left, I'm assuming.

Is it worth the pain of reinstalling and resetting my machine again, I mean, I could probably do it within a weekend, but besides bootup and shutdown speeds, is their much of a difference?

Most of my games, if not all, (over 400GB) will be on a data drive, so i wont see any difference in load times. I don't think its worth it for ME to get an SSD, but I want some input.

I would rather have everything on one drive....I tend to be more organized that way - nonetheless, if it's worth it, i will get it.

I will either be getting a new 128gb SSD, or a 2.5 TB internal, and ghosting my whole drive over...which would save headaches.


Input?
post #2 of 7
SSD FOR LIFE YO. START UP 10 SECS YO. WINDOWS INSTA LOAD YO. PRESS A BUTTON BE IN GAME UNDER MIN YO. CAN'T GO BACK TO HDD MUST HAVE SSD TILL RAMDISK SPEEDS EXIST IN NOT RAMDISK, YO.

In all honesty a SSD is far more useful for everyday computing than it is for gaming. A good game can load off a HDD pretty fast already. The benefit for the desktop is immense. I can start my computer, have the entire desktop loaded, open word, open firefox, and have it all done in less than 15 secs.
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I only keep the games I use on my SSD (right now just skyrim). have 10gb free but need to offload my downloads folder again.
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It's definitely worth it. Also you should have about 119GB usable from a 128GB SSD. At least that's what I get with my Octane.

The way I have things set up is I have all programs (including the Steam install) on my SSD, and my secondary HDDs are for media and game storage. It's awesome that Steam lets you choose which drive to install too know.
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post #5 of 7
Follow Sean's guide to setting it up. All your docs, pictures, internet cache and such are saved on your HDD. Just Windows on the SSD. It never bloats. brilliant.
http://www.overclock.net/a/windows-7-install-optimization-guide-for-ssds-hdds-by-sean-webster
Edited by Tiger S. - 6/2/13 at 8:08pm
post #6 of 7
just from my recent experience with SSD's

i got a Samsung 840 pro 128gb as a boot drive and some other small files


my little i3 feels super snappy and its like a whole new computer

i boot in about 10-12 seconds and can be online watching youtube in about 15 seconds

It was a little headache setting up because it was my first experience wit them but now that i know what to do, i wish i had the $ to replace my hdd's with ssd's. In the market for a 512 right now actually, i was truly amazed at how much the ssd changed my computer. It feels like it lessons buffering times, loading times online. I cant say enough good things about it.
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Having different programs installed on different drives can actually have a significant performance advantage, as each drive will havea ssingle main program to focus on, reducing the need to constantly seek back and forth between sectors. I can't go back to single drive systems, as I don't get any hitching or anything in games or with multiple programs running all being accessed simultaneously.

My setup:
Samsung 830 256GB SSD for OS/Boot/A few games
WD10EZEX 1TB Blue single platter HDD for games
WD10FAEX 1TB Blue 2x500GB Platters for Other Programs
Seagate Barracuda 1TB HDD for Media (Music, Photos, Videos) and a system image
WD3200AAKS 320GB HDD single-platter with a 100GB (outer) scratch disk partition and a 220GB (inner) short term project storage partition

Everything is fast, organized, and works fantastically.
   
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