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post #11 of 18
wouldn't having 2 drives halve the chance of failure?
its not RAID so if he was to lose one drive, he would only lose half the data and not the whole lot in one go

If there were drives big enough for my storage I would opt for a single SSD for the OS and a larger drive for everything else.
As a result, I have several drives with different types of data and a couple of backup drives

Either way if you have a backup, you can feel safe with either decision
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I didn't bother putting games on the SSD except BF3. I bought 2x 128gb, opened one installed OS and bf3 and a few other programs, Windows 8 was a little snappier and bf3 maps load a bit quicker.

Ended up realizing that loading the game quicker doesn't really do too much, so I sold the other SSd and keep only games I play a lot on the ssd and the OS everything else I install on my mech HDD.
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Crossing comments here, some are happy with one, and some find helpful use with 2, and between the two i can't decide yet.

Well, i will have HDD as backup for sure, but i know myself that i always fill one drive that is less than 500GB, so i can't imagine sooner or later that 1 256GB will be filled very soon, 512Gb will have longer run and will not be filled very soon, and i know i must leave space on SSD, but i was thinking if i keep one SSD+App+games and other for cahce/scratch it may save me performance a bit, and i will be forced to keep my space under limit, with 512GB i may keep filling it until i found myself it is already filled, but with 256GB i always know that i have to watch the space as it could be filled quicker, always less space making me expecting it will be run out of space or closer in no time, with bigger size i forget about it until it get to the edge without me knowing it is filled already.

But anyway, it sounds for me that either way i can have a good use, just i was thinking rather than put everything in one basket better split it on 2 baskets and have both relaxed space, 512GB is plenty of size but will it be faster than say 2 SSD filled to half or 70% of each?
   
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post #14 of 18
I'd just go with one big drive, and keep any important files on a flashdrive backup. Backing up games and OS's is just a waste of space.
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Well, i will have HDD as backup for sure, but i know myself that i always fill one drive that is less than 500GB, so i can't imagine sooner or later that 1 256GB will be filled very soon, 512Gb will have longer run and will not be filled very soon, and i know i must leave space on SSD, but i was thinking if i keep one SSD+App+games and other for cahce/scratch it may save me performance a bit, and i will be forced to keep my space under limit, with 512GB i may keep filling it until i found myself it is already filled, but with 256GB i always know that i have to watch the space as it could be filled quicker, always less space making me expecting it will be run out of space or closer in no time, with bigger size i forget about it until it get to the edge without me knowing it is filled already.

That's the reason I either partition or use separate drives. With just 1 drive/partition, I tend to fill up the primary partition until Windows complains about not having enough free space (down to around 200-500MB free). redface.gif I don't have a lot of games so for me, 80-100GiB is more than enough for OS+apps+games+documents+page file while still leaving around 20-60GiB free space in the partition. This way, I can fill up the data drive/partition to the last byte and not have performance issues. You could probably do the same thing if you do get a larger drive. Just in case the 512GB drive you're looking at is in the region of $450-500 though, might I suggest considering the $600 Crucial M500 960GB instead? That's quite a lot of extra space you're getting for an extra $100-150.

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But anyway, it sounds for me that either way i can have a good use, just i was thinking rather than put everything in one basket better split it on 2 baskets and have both relaxed space, 512GB is plenty of size but will it be faster than say 2 SSD filled to half or 70% of each?

I believe most SSDs tend to plateau at around 240-256GB capacity so it's unlikely you'll be losing performance with 2x 240-256GB drives. Some of the exceptions are the Samsung 840 with TLC NAND and the Crucial M500 which uses 64GiB MLC NAND.
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The only SSDs i was thinking about here which is this thread about are Samsung 840 Pro 512GB vs. 2x Samsung 840 Pro 256GB.
   
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Same performance specs on both 256GB and 512GB models.

Sequential Read Speed: Up to 540MB/s
Sequential Write Speed: Up to 520MB/s
Random Read Speed: Up to 100K IOPS
Random Write Speed: Up to 90K IOPS
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Same performance specs on both 256GB and 512GB models.

Sequential Read Speed: Up to 540MB/s
Sequential Write Speed: Up to 520MB/s
Random Read Speed: Up to 100K IOPS
Random Write Speed: Up to 90K IOPS

Yes i know that before, i have both of those in different rigs.
   
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