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I currently have 3 hard drives @ 7200rpm (640GB, 1TB, and 1.5TB).

I see that Intel V 40GB SSDs are quite cheaper now than before (Appraised at around $110 a few months ago used, now it's around $50).

If I were to get a somewhat small SSD, and didn't put my OS on it, could I use it to install programs and the like, and still have them open quickly? Or will this only really work is the OS is also installed?

Windows 7 is around 10GB right? So I'd like to save all the space I can...
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I don't see why you wouldn't get the speed advantages from programs but a big advantage to having the OS installed on the SSD is your start-up and shut down times. I went from a finger-tapping ~40s startup to around 20-25s with the SSD.

I also have a small SSD with the OS installed and have a 1TB drive for storage. I generally install the big mapped sandbox style games on the SSD because it can handle loading the large areas better than a 7200 RPM drive can. I have the rest of my games installed on the 1TB drive.

I asked the same questions you did before I bought the small SSD drive but now I'm really happy with my investment. Micro Center has a 64GB SSD going for 99 bucks and that's what I jumped on. The price makes going RAID with this set up a lot more practical in the future.
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I see that Intel V 40GB SSDs are quite cheaper now than before (Appraised at around $110 a few months ago used, now it's around $50).

If I were to get a somewhat small SSD, and didn't put my OS on it, could I use it to install programs and the like, and still have them open quickly? Or will this only really work is the OS is also installed?
That would work, too. There are people who install their OS on mechanical drives and only use their SSD's for games, etc. Basically, just put the things you'd like to speed up on the SSD. For most people, that's the OS but no one's forcing you to do the same.
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That would work, too. There are people who install their OS on mechanical drives and only use their SSD's for games, etc. Basically, just put the things you'd like to speed up on the SSD. For most people, that's the OS but no one's forcing you to do the same.
Ok that's what I was wondering. Most people do what Blue said he does. But I almost never turn off my computer, it's always in hibernation or stand by, so I don't really need boot times to be fast.

However my laptop is a different story

And besides, I rather have Photoshop and video games boot fast. Right now all my movies and music are on a separate drive (640GB = OS drive + Programs, 1TB + 1.5TB = Storage) and whenever I try to play a movie or song, it stutters and I have to wait for the HD to start up.

I can't put hundreds of Gigs of media on an SSD...so I'm not sure what to do.
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Ok that's what I was wondering. Most people do what Blue said he does. But I almost never turn off my computer, it's always in hibernation or stand by, so I don't really need boot times to be fast.

However my laptop is a different story

And besides, I rather have Photoshop and video games boot fast. Right now all my movies and music are on a separate drive (640GB = OS drive + Programs, 1TB + 1.5TB = Storage) and whenever I try to play a movie or song, it stutters and I have to wait for the HD to start up.

I can't put hundreds of Gigs of media on an SSD...so I'm not sure what to do.
OS on SSD is not just about boot times. The OS is constantly reading/writing small files.

Place OS and primary apps on SSD.....
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What Duckie said, windows isn't just a static thing that loads itself into memory and then runs happily. It's constantly doing all kinds of bullcrap, seeking small sys files or drivers or graphical displays, service files, you name it; and most of the times that you find yourself waiting on something it's because of HD access /load time (other than something obviously user initiated like say, loading a program). The biggest advantage of SSD is not OS boot speed (though that's sweet) it's access time. You'll be amazed at the difference between 13ms and .2ms in your OS.

I don't want to ever be waiting on my computer, it now waits on me, which is the way it should be.
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So, as the original question asked, I should put the OS on the SSD because opening programs won't be as fast if I don't?
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So, as the original question asked, I should put the OS on the SSD because opening programs won't be as fast if I don't?
Ish.

If your programs are on the hard drives you won't really notice a difference.
General Windows usability will be substantially more responsive from being on the SSD.
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look i have 2 40gb intel v's with windows and everything but games installed on it and still have 40gb left lol

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highlighted stuff is on raid 5 hdd

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Ok that's what I was wondering. Most people do what Blue said he does. But I almost never turn off my computer, it's always in hibernation or stand by, so I don't really need boot times to be fast.

However my laptop is a different story

And besides, I rather have Photoshop and video games boot fast. Right now all my movies and music are on a separate drive (640GB = OS drive + Programs, 1TB + 1.5TB = Storage) and whenever I try to play a movie or song, it stutters and I have to wait for the HD to start up.

I can't put hundreds of Gigs of media on an SSD...so I'm not sure what to do.
Are your HDD's loud? If not, why not just adjust them to be always on? Then you don't have to wait for it everytime they go to sleep.
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