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Can I buy say 1 256 SSD for my os and small programs and use a bigger SSD like 512GB for storage instead of a hdd. Could I go smaller then 512, I really don't save movies and stuff
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256gb should be plenty for os AND programs...Storage on a HDD. No need to STORE anything on an SSD...
EDIT: Save the money and spend it on a BETTER SSD. Like a samsung 840pro or Plextor M5 Pro Xtreme Buy a 7200rpm drive for storage if you care about speed, should still get at least 100mb/sec. SSD's are about 20x more per gb than a hdd.....makes no sense to store stuff on them. For the price of 1 512gb ssd, you can get 10 1tb hdd's easily.
Edited by ripsaw - 6/30/13 at 8:08pm
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Why not just buy one 512GB SSD for everything (my Windows 7 partition only needs 40GB). If everything fits on one SSD, there is very little reason to use 2 separate SSDs for OS and data. 2 hdds will perform faster if you split the drive accesses between them but for a SSD the access times are so quick that it doesn't really matter.
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Originally Posted by ripsaw View Post

SSD's are about 20x more per gb than a hdd.....makes no sense to store stuff on them. For the price of 1 512gb ssd, you can get 10 1tb hdd's easily.

SSDs are small, silent and runs cool. Can you say the same about a 1TB HDD? If the OP only needs a moderate amount of storage space, I reckon even a single 480-512GB SSD separated into OS+apps and data partitions would work quite nicely.

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Originally Posted by BrainSplatter View Post

Why not just buy one 512GB SSD for everything (my Windows 7 partition only needs 40GB). If everything fits on one SSD, there is very little reason to use 2 separate SSDs for OS and data. 2 hdds will perform faster if you split the drive accesses between them but for a SSD the access times are so quick that it doesn't really matter.

+1. I set aside 100GB for my OS+programs+pagefile and the rest is partitioned as data.

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Originally Posted by JMatzelle303 View Post

Can I buy say 1 256 SSD for my os and small programs and use a bigger SSD like 512GB for storage instead of a hdd. Could I go smaller then 512, I really don't save movies and stuff

It would help us with giving you better recommendations if you tell us what exactly you need to store on these drives and how much data you have. Budget, too.
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+1. I set aside 100GB for my OS+programs+pagefile and the rest is partitioned as data.

I know that we are quite used to split up programs and data onto different drives/partitions, but using a single partition would actually be more efficient space wise since you don't need to reserve unused space for the operating system to grow later. And should you need to add more space later, you could also map whole partitions to a certain directory in C:
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Originally Posted by BrainSplatter View Post

I know that we are quite used to split up programs and data onto different drives/partitions, but using a single partition would actually be more efficient space wise since you don't need to reserve unused space for the operating system to grow later. And should you need to add more space later, you could also map whole partitions to a certain directory in C:

For me partitioning on an SSD serves a dual purpose:
1.) Smaller OS image for backup/cloning
2.) Enforced free space for pseudo-"over partitioning"

I have the tendency to fill up drives almost to the last GB and partitioning helps curb that for me. redface.gif
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