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I have asked questions here about brands...and I have found two.


I just need help on capacity. Now, I have a 1tb drive where everything is installed currently - I want to get an SSD as a boot drive and reinstall windows, and obviously, a few main programs.

I don't know what I should get, a 128gb or a 256? After install and formatting, I will install maybe a game or two, but mostly my productivity apps. like Photoshop, and the rest of the cs6 programs, browsers etc.

Money is a factor, so if the 128 will suffice I would like that



Also, if it is not, I am aware I can buy a second 128gb in the future, and i am barely familiar with raid configs, I know that I can string multiple drives together, combining their space, would this be able to be done AFTER there is data on one ssd?
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I do not know much about RAID myself, but I would recommend a 256GB drive, because I started off with a 128GB, but as soon as my game library grew I knew I had to splurge for something more. Samsung makes really great drives because they have control of pretty much all of the components that go into each drive. Other manufacturers such as Crucial have to purchase their memory modules from other companies.
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I do not know much about RAID myself, but I would recommend a 256GB drive, because I started off with a 128GB, but as soon as my game library grew I knew I had to splurge for something more. Samsung makes really great drives because they have control of pretty much all of the components that go into each drive. Other manufacturers such as Crucial have to purchase their memory modules from other companies.


My games are not going to be on my ssd. MAYBE 1....but probably not. Just cs6/office and such.
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I got a pair of 128GB's in RAID0 and, for my needs, 256GB feels like a reasonable amount of space. I keep all my programs and usually a hand full of games installed and I'm easily still under half full. That said, I also keep things a bit lean - I use a smaller page file which takes up less drive space, I disable hibernation which frees up as much space as RAM capacity, I remove most of the stock programs with Windows, etc...

In your case, I think you can get by on 128 GB if you want to keep this a cheap upgrade. It sounds like you won't have much for games installed and the only big programs will be the Adobe CS stuff. TBH, if you were ever in a space crunch, it's also OK to install some other programs on your mechanical disk too.

Regarding a second SSD for RAID, you'd have to setup the array and reinstall (or reimage if you have the software) everything. This isn't something I'd necessarily recommend as it's a lot of work and going with RAID0 is a bit of a risk as a fault with one drive can nuke the entire array. To avoid this, you'd have to regularly backup the array which means more cost for imaging software and another drive to backup to. So it ends up being more cost and more hassle for what it's worth. If you think you'd like 256GB for your OS drive, I'd just go with a single SSD. RAID0 is cool for benchmarks and stuff, but It's not going to blow your hair back compared to one SSD in real-life usage.
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My games are not going to be on my ssd. MAYBE 1....but probably not. Just cs6/office and such.

In that case, 128GB is more than enough.
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I do not know much about RAID myself, but I would recommend a 256GB drive, because I started off with a 128GB, but as soon as my game library grew I knew I had to splurge for something more. Samsung makes really great drives because they have control of pretty much all of the components that go into each drive. Other manufacturers such as Crucial have to purchase their memory modules from other companies.

But that doesn't mean you should write Crucial off, since the 120 GB M500 is about $15-20 cheaper than Samsung's 128 GB 840 Pro and they have a reputation for durability from what I've seen. If you're using the Asus motherboard in your sig, then you might want to try the Samsung 840 (standard). It's doesn't write as quickly, but it reads at around the same speeds as the Pro and you won't get the full SATA III speeds anyway. It won't be as durable as the Pro if you write to it a lot, since it contains three bits of memory per cell vs the Pro's two per cell, but it should be fine for installing programs and reading and accessing them. Plus it hovers around $100 on Amazon and that's among the cheapest you can get an SSD that size. Just make sure you overprovision the drive (i.e. leave about 10-20% space unused) to get the maximum performance.
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But that doesn't mean you should write Crucial off, since the 120 GB M500 is about $15-20 cheaper than Samsung's 128 GB 840 Pro and they have a reputation for durability from what I've seen. If you're using the Asus motherboard in your sig, then you might want to try the Samsung 840 (standard). It's doesn't write as quickly, but it reads at around the same speeds as the Pro and you won't get the full SATA III speeds anyway. It won't be as durable as the Pro if you write to it a lot, since it contains three bits of memory per cell vs the Pro's two per cell, but it should be fine for installing programs and reading and accessing them. Plus it hovers around $100 on Amazon and that's among the cheapest you can get an SSD that size. Just make sure you overprovision the drive (i.e. leave about 10-20% space unused) to get the maximum performance.

I meant no harm towards Crucial. They make remarkable drives for the price. My first SSD was an M4, but I know now that other companies do it better.
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I meant no harm towards Crucial. They make remarkable drives for the price. My first SSD was an M4, but I know now that other companies do it better.

I know you didn't. They don't make high-performance drives, but they've been in the market for a while and make solid, affordable drives.
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