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How to use an SSD properly

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OK well I know that an SSD is used to store stuff, but instead of using disc's it is like a big flash drive (i think). But for gamers I hear alot of stuff like using the SSD as boot drive and games. I don't really understand that.

Does that mean that you can have an SSD and put all your games, applications, and windows on. Then use the HDD to save like word files and less demanding applications? IDK its really confusing :S

Someone please explain to me how to use an SSD properly and most importantly how YOU use it biggrin.gif
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An SSD is simply a hard drive that doesn't use moving parts. Normal hard drives use media platforms that spin, hence the 7200 rpm, etc.
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A ssd has lightning fast read+wright speeds wich makes it way faster for your OS and games and aplications! I have my OS and a few games on mine (makes a huge difference)
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Ideally, you'd use a SSD just like a normal hard drive. However, with space often being an issue and some technical differences of flash storage, there are some practices people follow to optimize their use.

Generally, however, most people do indeed install the OS and games on the SSD in order to take advantage of the near-instant access times and short loading times. There's no harm in storing your other files on the SSD as well, but HDDs are much more affordable and work fine for storage.
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You'll want to put the programs and games which you most frequently use on your SSD. The whole point of an SSD is speed, so you'll want to put Windows on the SSD, to make Windows boot up super fast. You can install select games onto the SSD also, to make them load faster.

But due to their limited capacity, you can't put everything on it, which is when a mechanical HDD comes into play. Put everything else that doesn't benefit from the fast SSD onto the hard disk, such as movies and music. Big movie files won't load any faster than 1 or 2 seconds, which it already does on the hard drive.

Hope I helped.
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All of you helped alot thanks. But say I use photoshop and I decide to save it on an SSD. To keep from filling up the limited space of the SSD should I put photoshop on the SSD and all the photos and stuff on the HDD? Or would that make it slower because then when I'm working on those files it would still open from the HDD?
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Photoshop should perform most operations in RAM, so you would be fine putting your work on a normal HDD.
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Originally Posted by Kill2Fill;13016198 
All of you helped alot thanks. But say I use photoshop and I decide to save it on an SSD. To keep from filling up the limited space of the SSD should I put photoshop on the SSD and all the photos and stuff on the HDD? Or would that make it slower because then when I'm working on those files it would still open from the HDD?
Since photos are usually less than 50mb, and HDD's read at about 100mb/s, it shouldn't make it slower.
 
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that makes very good sense. ty
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