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Beginner's Guide to SSD

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Hello. I've made my decision to buy a SSD. Now, I know almost nothing about it.
I have several questions pertaining to it.

1) I'm thinking of buying the OCZ Vertex 2 60GB on Amazon for $115. Is this a good price? Are there better alternatives?


2) How do I use a SSD effectively? I will be installing my OS for sure, but what other programs do I install, and what should I not install? I heard SSD has a limited lifespan?

3) Any other tips for me?
post #2 of 5
Hey mate,

Ok well there are a few things here.

1. Are you planning on RAID? If not then have a look at the crucial C300.

2. Just put your OS on and your most played games, that's pretty much it.

3. I seriouly doubt you'll hit the lifespan of your SSD. It's something stupid like 1 million hours mean time to failure or something. Just make sure you disable automatic defragging on your drive, it'll cause performance issues.
post #3 of 5
Optimizing:
http://www.overclock.net/ssd/929553-win-7-ssds-setup-secrets.html

SSD do have a limited lifespan of one day they will fail you constantly and stop working......
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No SSD's are very durable and capable of lasting a long time IF you take good care of it....
Read over the guide i sent you there are alot of helpful guides all over overclock.net
but definitely give that a read through to understand the tweaks you can do....

Instal the OS on there optimize it get all your drivers especially your ACHI driver and chipset drivers....

You should install if you have another drive as all your other programs specially programs like say steam...ccleaner...openoffice....vlc and all the other ones that you know dont need to be on the main drive...

your games should be installed only on the ssd if you know your going to play them a bunch...ALong with musik programs such as Ableton Live Fruity loops or video editing and photoshop programs....SSD makes these programs smooth as ever...


Ive got a 60 GB gskill phoenix pro and let me tell you its fast ridiculously fast i love it
have a kingston in my netbook( bash me all you want other users but seriously its stupid fast boot in 4 seconds fast)

Get the ssd if your willing to put the time into having certain files and folders on the secondary hard drive while your main SSD will be for major programs and the OS
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post #4 of 5
Don't do a lot of benchmarks. Enough of them will cause your write speed to throttle down on a Sandforce drive, and they will use up write cycles. Once in a while is fine, but don't do it too often.

As for what to put it on each, I just keep it simple by putting all of my apps on the SSD, and the Users folder and games on a traditional hard drive. Many common apps aren't going to use a lot of disk space except for the caches/temp folders, and those will often go on the HDD anyway if you move the Users folder. Although with some apps you may have to check for the location of the temp folders and change them.
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Odin2free linked the guide I used to install my SSD and It was perfect. But the C300 64Gb SSD is amazing and it was the first one I bought and I get 330-350 read speeds, it is so silly.

I would suggest checking this guide to make less writes to your SSD and save space: http://www.overclock.net/ssd/664738-how-setup-ssd-boot-drive-secondary.html
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