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Hello everyone!

I recently picked up my system build from fry's.
I had them install my OS on my SSD. I'd like to keep the SSD only for the OS. I'm thinking I wanna keep it clean and clear only for the operating system as it only has 128GB 58 of which is already used up with the formatting and the OS I'm guessing. I'd like to also make sure all OS updates are installed there as well, and i want to use my HDD for everything else programs, music, video, etc.
My question is, How do i make sure everything I install goes on to my HDD and not on my SSD? Is there a way to close off my SSD to me but keep it available to my system to use as it see's fit? And make my HDD the default for everything else?

Just in case it isnt blatantly obvious... I'm new to computers so if I'm without common sense in some, or all of my thoughts please correct me but please be gentle! I need help!
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Normally when you install programs you get the option to install them on whichever drive you please. With Steam you may have to make some pointers though, don't have a thread handy on how exactly that goes into working, but it shouldn't be that hard to find (on my way to bed).

Not sure if it will still install local files for some games (in the AppData folder). Assuming it does, it most likely won't be much in size.
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if there is 58GB used, then you have a lot more than your OS on it. If it's a preinstall done by the shop it will be full of trials and other random crap - I would reinstall the OS again.

A full Windows install is less then 20GB - you should put your applications on the SSD also, and will have enough room for a game or two as well if you wish. Whilst you don't want to fill the SSD completely for best performance, there is no point in buying a 128GB drive if you don't intend to use it. Keeping it for OS only is a waste of money.
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Anytime you install a program, choose "custom" , this will allow you to select your Hitachi to install the program and keep you SSD light.
    
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if there is 58gb used, then you have a lot more than your os on it. If it's a preinstall done by the shop it will be full of trials and other random crap - i would reinstall the os again.

A full windows install is less then 20gb - you should put your applications on the ssd also, and will have enough room for a game or two as well if you wish. Whilst you don't want to fill the ssd completely for best performance, there is no point in buying a 128gb drive if you don't intend to use it. Keeping it for os only is a waste of money.
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@the_beast - Ok I see what your saying about having it and not using it being a waste, I'd like to prolong the life of the drive though, so am I right in saying that having more applications installed on it will shorten the life? being that it has so many cells and each can only be written so many times? or is that being to worrisome Also if I were to reinstall the OS again myself, might you have any tips or warnings?
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@yati - I tried to install itunes yesterday and did what you said and it looked like it was gonna work it installed the safari and quicktime on my D drive (HDD) but when it came to the actual itunes it didnt give me the option to choose the HDD that application went automatically to my SSD maybe I'm blind and completely missed it but there was no option available. will i run into similar problems with other applications as well? or is it that im using internet explorer? could using google chrome or firefox be a better option? What I'm saying is, what you suggested seemed easier than it was.

Like I said earlier, Just in case it isnt blatantly obvious... I'm new to computers so if I'm without common sense in some, or all of my thoughts please correct me but please be gentle! I need help!
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there is no reason to worry about drive life any more at all. Although each cell has a finite life, because the drive will jig things around in the background to ensure all the wear is spread across the drive, it will last longer than you will likely want to use it for. Home users (even extreme power users) just cannot stress these drives hard enough to worry about - you need a multi-user server environment to do that really.

The amount of data you have installed also doesn't really matter from a life perspective. It is only writes that affect life, not reads. Just reading application data from the drive to load an app won't shorten it's life at all.

In short - use your drive. You've paid for it - if you don't use it, you've already lost out.
post #9 of 12
People still think they have to tread carefully with SSDs or they'll die. This is not true at all. Most SSDs are rated from 1 - 5 million write cycles in total (something like 100 000 writes per cell). You'll have upgraded long before the SSD has worn out. Load your OS, apps and whatever games will fit. Leave your page file on it (maybe shrink it if you have plenty of RAM). If, after some time, the drive slows down, secure erase it and restore it to prime condition.
post #10 of 12
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Thanks people! I've decided I will put my applications on it and likely some of my games. As you say If I dont use it its a waste! and likely I will upgrade before its life ends anyway.
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