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So im using some pretty well aged drives and it's horribly noticeable that even w/ my ghetto 3gb of ram (3 diff manufacturer's even) that my HDD's are the things that slow me down the hardest. I have a 300gb 5400 rpm ata drive, a 300gb sata laptop drive, and a 200gb 7200rpm sata drive. 1 has my OS and all my installations on it, and the other two are being used for storage. Here's what i'd like:
1 - SSD OS Drive.
1 - High end HDD (want programs on it to load fast as possible without breaking into SSD costs, coz then I might as well just get 1 bigger SSD)
1 - High capacity (1-2tb) HDD - would like this to be decent fast but since all it will be holding is movies, music, pictures, and torrents it doesn't need to be high end.

Any recommendations?

I also have a few questions about doing a complete overhaul of my HDD's like this.

1. How much space does a fully updated install of windows 7 take up? Would there be a safe amount of room for me to install a few of my more harddrive intensive games like WoW, SC2, and a few RTS on a 64GB drive or should I save up the extra money for a 128gb SSD?

2. How can I change my default install directory to the second faster (faster as in faster of the two HDD's) HDD so that I don't have to manually do it every time I want to install something.

3. I use Steam alot, if I install it on my 2nd drive, will it install all of my steam games on that drive or will it still create a steam folder on the C:/ drive?

4. Is a fresh install of windows really necessary or would it be fine to just cut and paste all of my games movies and music off my current OS drive onto another drive and then clone the drive onto the ssd and just repair the boot partition (or w/e the boot part of the os is called) w/ a disk?

Anything else I should know?
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So im using some pretty well aged drives and it's horribly noticeable that even w/ my ghetto 3gb of ram (3 diff manufacturer's even) that my HDD's are the things that slow me down the hardest. I have a 300gb 5400 rpm ata drive, a 300gb sata laptop drive, and a 200gb 7200rpm sata drive. 1 has my OS and all my installations on it, and the other two are being used for storage. Here's what i'd like:
1 - SSD OS Drive.
1 - High end HDD (want programs on it to load fast as possible without breaking into SSD costs, coz then I might as well just get 1 bigger SSD)
1 - High capacity (1-2tb) HDD - would like this to be decent fast but since all it will be holding is movies, music, pictures, and torrents it doesn't need to be high end.

Any recommendations?

I also have a few questions about doing a complete overhaul of my HDD's like this.

1. How much space does a fully updated install of windows 7 take up? Would there be a safe amount of room for me to install a few of my more harddrive intensive games like WoW, SC2, and a few RTS on a 64GB drive or should I save up the extra money for a 128gb SSD?

Not sure, but I have 35.5GB free of 74.5(80GB SSD) after installing Win7 Ultimate as well as some programs (Firefox, MSN, 3DMark Vantage, MS Office, etc.). I would personally get an 80GB, that means you can install your OS as well as some commonly-accessed games/prorgrams.

2. How can I change my default install directory to the second faster (faster as in faster of the two HDD's) HDD so that I don't have to manually do it every time I want to install something.

Not sure exactly how, but there is a registry tweak for it if you google. I personally just do it manually.

3. I use Steam alot, if I install it on my 2nd drive, will it install all of my steam games on that drive or will it still create a steam folder on the C:/ drive?

It will put the games on the drive you install steam onto.

4. Is a fresh install of windows really necessary or would it be fine to just cut and paste all of my games movies and music off my current OS drive onto another drive and then clone the drive onto the ssd and just repair the boot partition w/ a disk?

I'd do a fresh install to avoid the potential for issues down the road.

Anything else I should know?
As for which drives to get, I'll offer some insight. I have an 80GB Intel X-25M V2 drive for my OS and it's crazy fast. I'm not really up to date on SSD's, so I can't recommend any others, I just know that mine seems to work quite well and fast.

For the other "high-end" drive and the storage, I'd honestly just grab 2x1TB Caviar Blacks or Spinpoint F3's and put them in RAID 0 then partition it accordingly. That way you get near SSD speeds for accessing games as well as accessing your data. You can then grab a 2TB external to keep backups on or whatever.
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post #3 of 8
Boot drive -> Corsair Force series or Crucial C300
High End HDD -> Western Digital Caviar Black series or Samsung F3

No need for a "storage" drive if you get a large speedy hdd. If you really want a good storage drive that uses less power and is cheap, try the Western Digital Caviar Green series. I just bought one for 80 bux and it is awesome for the money.
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Im a tad weary of raid's seeing as if one fails they both fail. I'd rather one fail and not affect the other than have both of them be screwed.
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This is all SATA II not III
Recomendations:
SSD-What do you want to spend? I have a friend that installed Win7 on a OCZ Vertex 2 30 or 32GB SSD and is planning on getting another one to put it in raid 0.
High End HDD-WD Velociraptor 150GB should be good. My friend also has this along with his SSD for his programs. Uhhh SCSI WOULD be fast.....
High Capacity HDD-WD RE4 is VERY reliable or you could just get a Caviar Black. Both come in 1 and 2TB sizes.
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Im a tad weary of raid's seeing as if one fails they both fail. I'd rather one fail and not affect the other than have both of them be screwed.
That is why you have the 2TB external. I've been in RAID 0 for 2 years and no issues yet (*knock on wood*).
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post #7 of 8
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Yeah totally forgot to list my budget.

I'd like to keep the SSD under 200$. Was just looking @ newegg. Mushkin Enhanced Callisto Deluxe 90GB (Link) for 159.98 AR. Is this a good drive? I adore Mushkin for their Ram and awesome customer service so i'm going to assume the answer's yes.

For raptor's, i'm meh on that subject. My friend has 3 raptor's and not only are they loud drives they really don't seem worth the $:GB ratio. I'd rather a 500gb caviar black for less than the price of a 150gb raptor. Thanks though
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If you are just running OS 30 or 32GB I would suggest the OCZ vertex 2
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