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Hey guys,

I've looked at the guide on here and previously installed a Sata II Mushkin 120 GB SSD for windows 7, basic programs and several games and a 1 TB Samsung F3 for data which also has Windows 7 and a partition for Server 2008 R2.. Needless to say, the SSD got filled quickly and I've since bought Starcraft II HOTS and Bioshock Infinite that I haven't installed. I bought a Sata III 256 GB Samsung 830 but haven't installed it yet. Ideally I'd like to know how to do the following:

-Keep my OS on my 120 GB Mushkin along with basic programs (Word, Chrome, FRAPS, drivers, etc)

-Install all my games on the 256 GB Samsung and move all my games from the 120 GB to this drive as well. Some games are on Steam, some on Origin, one on Pulse (Gamestop's service) and a couple (Starcraft II and Battlefield 3) are standalone installations.

-Keep the 1 TB Hard drive as it is.

My main questions are if I have to install an OS on the Samsung 256 GB or make any registry changes such as pointing game installs to a drive with an MBR on it, or could I just use ghost to move just the games to this drive.

If it isn't possible to just use the 256 GB as a data drive for my games, what is the best way to just move everything to the 256 GB? Again, I was just going to use ghost because it was a free download on the Samsung website.

-I have an x58 ASUS Premium MoBo with the crappy marvel controlled SATA III ports. I've heard horrible things about it's performance when it comes to SATA III SSDs. Is it even worth it to use the SATA III port for the Samsung Drive or just put it on a SATA II port?


Thanks,

Ryan
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It is not a bad idea to keep your OS and other utilities on your Mushkin. The difference in noticable speed will be near nil if you reinstalled your OS on your Samsung. If you are installing through steam, there will be an option to select which drive to install the game on. This will allow you to install your games from steam onto your Samsung. You can also move your "Steam\common" (The path should be similar to this one) folder from your Mushkin to your Samsung, this will effectively move your "steam library" from one SSD to the other. Note that Valve games, such as team fortress, CS:GO, and Dota2 have to be installed on the sam drive as steam is installed on. (Something with the games using valve source code or whatever). The stand alone installations I believe you will have to reinstall. You might be able to drag and drop the installation folder from one drive to the other, then just take the .exe from the folder and create a shortcut on your desktop. This has worked for me with Diablo3 and World of Warcraft.

If ghost will let you "clone" the drive to the samsung, I would do this. But I think you should just be able to use ghost to move the installation folders for the games. You also shouldn't notice a performance loss if you plan on using the SATAII port for the Samsung.

P.S. - Having games on a SSD is nice, but it only really helps with loading times within games. It will not affect graphical or framerate performance, and will only reduce loading time slightly. I would clone the hard drive from your Mushkin to your Samsung, Sell the Mushkin, buy a WD Black or other high performance HDD, and store your games on that. Just my 2 cents, Good luck in your endeavors.
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Games on an SSD actually only have 1-2s faster load times for me compared to running off my WD10EZEX, and this is with the same exact Samsung 830 256GB. The only significant difference is that when loading off the HDD, it takes a second for all the textures to load fully as opposed to the SSD where it's instantaneous.
I would consider having the OS on the 830 if only because of the fact that it is as close to indestructible as NAND drives get. That, and it's performance with incompressible data is identical to compressible, making it extremely consistent in its performance.
   
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Personally, I'd just keep the Mushkin for OS. The OS is pretty compressible so it's actually one of the ideal things to put on a SandForce drive.

Spread out your games between the Mushkin and the Samsung. Put Steam on the Samsung and standalone games (at least whatever will fit) on the Mushkin. If there's enough space on the Samsung, you can just put all your games there, too. Just remember to keep around 12GB free space on the Mushkin and around 38GB free on the Samsung to maintain performance.
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Personally, I'd just keep the Mushkin for OS. The OS is pretty compressible so it's actually one of the ideal things to put on a SandForce drive.

Spread out your games between the Mushkin and the Samsung. Put Steam on the Samsung and standalone games (at least whatever will fit) on the Mushkin. If there's enough space on the Samsung, you can just put all your games there, too. Just remember to keep around 12GB free space on the Mushkin and around 38GB free on the Samsung to maintain performance.

Interesting, didn't know that. Then again, I know a LOT more about hardware than I do software. I can fix most anything that has physical parts and pieces, but as soon as Windows starts throwing a hissy fit, out comes the Bill Gates voodoo doll wink.gif
   
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