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Long story short, I'm going to be buying the Acer Iconia W3. It comes in two models; 32 GB and 64 GB. I am also going to buy a MicroSD for it, either a 32 GB or a 64 GB one. If I get the 32 GB device, I'll be getting the 64 GB SD, and vice versa. The price works out to be slightly cheaper if I get the 32 GB device with 64 GB SD.

Now, heres the thing.

I am in Canada, so the 64 GB device may not be availible to me in the first place. So I may have to choose the first option anyways.

But anyways, heres what I'm thinking.

If I get the 64 GB device, I'll use the main hard drive as my main drive and use the SD as storage. This would be my ideal situation as there wouldnt be any speed or wearing issues.

Now, the second option (which I might need to do anyways if the 64 GB is availible), is that I use the 64 GB microSD and just use the main hard drive as a drive to keep the OS and main programs.

What I'm worried about is the wearing and speed of the second option.

I do not think wearing will be a big issue as I probably wont fill the SD anywhere near to capacity, and I probably wont be writing and rewriting to it a lot. I'll just toss a few games (nothing intensive, just like Maplestory and Minecraft and similar low spec games) on it with some movies and my music collection (I have a small movie and music collection) and that'll be it for most of my writes. But what do you think?

Also, speed. I know there are microSDs with speed up to 30 MB/s and above, and even higher in read speeds, but do you think loading times for games and movies will be horrible if I use the microSD as my main drive over the internal drive?

So what're your guys opinions on the situation?
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Originally Posted by elemein View Post

Long story short, I'm going to be buying the Acer Iconia W3. It comes in two models; 32 GB and 64 GB. I am also going to buy a MicroSD for it, either a 32 GB or a 64 GB one. If I get the 32 GB device, I'll be getting the 64 GB SD, and vice versa. The price works out to be slightly cheaper if I get the 32 GB device with 64 GB SD.

Now, heres the thing.

I am in Canada, so the 64 GB device may not be availible to me in the first place. So I may have to choose the first option anyways.

But anyways, heres what I'm thinking.

If I get the 64 GB device, I'll use the main hard drive as my main drive and use the SD as storage. This would be my ideal situation as there wouldnt be any speed or wearing issues.

Now, the second option (which I might need to do anyways if the 64 GB is availible), is that I use the 64 GB microSD and just use the main hard drive as a drive to keep the OS and main programs.

What I'm worried about is the wearing and speed of the second option.

I do not think wearing will be a big issue as I probably wont fill the SD anywhere near to capacity, and I probably wont be writing and rewriting to it a lot. I'll just toss a few games (nothing intensive, just like Maplestory and Minecraft and similar low spec games) on it with some movies and my music collection (I have a small movie and music collection) and that'll be it for most of my writes. But what do you think?

Also, speed. I know there are microSDs with speed up to 30 MB/s and above, and even higher in read speeds, but do you think loading times for games and movies will be horrible if I use the microSD as my main drive over the internal drive?

So what're your guys opinions on the situation?

Hey, man biggrin.gif

Well, based on the specs that I am seeing.
The Acer Iconia W3 is using a SSD not microSD.
It's a big difference, but it won't really matter much.
My advice is whether you choose the 32GB or 64GB SSD. YOU need a hard drive to store junks and use the SSD to store probably the OS itself I guess.
     
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Never mind about that.
It did said SSD not microSD at the front page.
     
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Oh, wait, I think this is what it meant. I had to reread again.

Basically, the W3 itself has either 32GB SSD or 64GB SSD, and you have an option to add a 32GB microSD card probably at max.
You can grab the 32GB microSD to have a slightly extra room for storages/junks, use the 32GB SSD or 64GB SSD for the OS itself and maybe an external HDD plus either laptop or desktop to backup your stuff.
     
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I believe you should grab the 64GB SSD. I don't believe you can manually upgrade it.
     
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I believe you should grab the 64GB SSD. I don't believe you can manually upgrade it.

You might wanna use the edit post feature redface.gif

The main SSD of the W3 comes in either 32 GB or 64 GB.

However, there is a microSD slot for expandable memory, which is what I'm asking about. It does support 64 GB microSD, it just doesnt state so.

In Canada though, it is not sure if the 64 GB version is to be released.

Also, the main drive is for the OS by default.
Edited by elemein - 7/12/13 at 9:27pm
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64GB device and 32GB microSD.

Don't use the microSD for programs unless the program is small and pretty much read-only. Sure there are fast microSD cards but they require a UHS-capable reader to unleash the extra speed. If the device only has a regular card reader (which I reckon the Iconia does), sequential performance will likely be capped at around 20MB/s regardless of what card you buy. Good uses for the microSD would be documents, pictures, music, videos, etc.
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