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So it looks like an SSD is a reality now. Still not sure which I'm going to get. It seems like the best SSD at the moment is the Crucial C300 but if you guys have another recommendations based on Linux use or just general preferences, I'm all ears, well, eyes.

I plan on going with the 64gb model and will be using it as a boot/OS drive.

This is what I'm planning.

SSD:

Pretty much all of the root
/home
/boot

Mechanical drive:

/swap (yes, I'm keeping a swap)
/music /movies /documents /pictures and my other personal files.
maybe /tmp

These are the two confusing parts.

1. I know I don't want /tmp on the SSD. My choices are mechanical drive and ram disk. I'm not sold on the ramdisk idea. I know it's fast but something just doesn't sit well with me.

2. Linking my personal folders from the mechanical drive back through to /home. I know it's possible but how does that affect the SSD?
    
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You know that you really don't need to worry about excessive read/writes right? As long as you aren't running a server or database off of it it will probably last longer than your HDD. Even having a swap on it won't hurt.

Think about it. The SSD will probably last you 5 at least 5 years, no matter what you do. Are you honestly still using any HDDs from 5 years ago?

What you need to be conscious of is making sure you have TRIM enabled (C300 has its own GC though) and keeping the big, bulky files off of it.


For the second part, you can create a symbolic link to your folders inside your /home directory.

Just
Code:
ln -s <path to folder> <path to link in /home>
It won't affect the SSD at all.

Also, read this:

https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/SSD#Mount_Flags
    
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I know that it won't be that bad. I just don't want writes to it if I don't need it.

One of my hobbies is 3d modeling in blender. That writes everything to /tmp which is bad enough on single scene renders if you have a really detailed image. It will KILL the drive on animations. I think on stock settings, it's 24 FPS so if you make a 10 minute movie for Youtube, that's 144,000 images written during a render.
    
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