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SSD combined with HDD

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  • Started 5 years ago by kylonewton
  • Latest reply from raphoenix
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Posts: 21

Hey everyone,

I recently built my first computer, I have a 120gb SSD and a 1TB HDD. I am just wondering whats the best way to set these up. I have an asus motherboard capable of SSD caching. Currently I have my OS, games and programs installed on the SSD and I planned to use the HDD for storage, however the SSD is almost full already. I regeret not gettiong a bigger SSD :(

I'm just wondering would it be best to continue with what I have or should I start installing programs and games to the 1TB drive or should I start over again with SSD caching. Will this result in a decrease in performance?

Thanks for any help.

Posted 5 years ago
Posts: 566

The SSD should be used for the Operating System and only those programs that will not allow you to change the installation to the HDD. Everything else should be stored on the HDD.

Posted 5 years ago
Posts: 17584

SSD caching is not such a swift idea. I think your installation is fine. If you run out of space on the 1TB drive, you should consider installing an additional new drive or move some of the data to an external drive.

Posted 5 years ago
Posts: 5310

I have a larger SSD so I just left my O/S and applications on the SSD. I have two other WD DSS's for data and storage.
I know some suggest installing just the O/S on the SSD C:\ drive and all applications on a standard mechanical HDD.
I feel if I invested in an SSD for speed and performance then I should install my apps on the fastest drive I have, the SSD.
I know your drive is smaller and you might be forced to install some if not all your apps on your 1TB HDD but I think that reduces performance slightly since your apps have to access the sluggish mechanical HDD.
If all else fails you might give this a try

Posted 5 years ago
Posts: 6259

Unless you basically made the SSD appear as part of the mechanical drive, Intel MB's can do this, called SMART RESPONSE TECHNOLOGY, you have to use the SSD and the Mechanicals as independent drives/partitions.

Generally speaking, most people will use the SSD for the OS and maybe a couple of 'always used' programs. This affords fast boots and shutdown and faster loading of the needed applications. Still, even starting anything from the mechanical drives still requires OS files access, so it isn't just not accessing the SSD. For an SSD, one generally wants to move most non-system data off of it, but some data for applications are probably best left on C: anyway (stuff that goes into C:\USER and the Registry for instance.

I've got a 115GB Corsair SSD, and it really is smaller as that spec's includes the 'extra' sectors. It actually is 107GB's in size and I have 50GB's free, and this is after over a year of use. Carefully management of what goes onto C: makes it easily manageable. I *DO* have MS Office installed on C:, as well as Norton Ghost, and an e-mail Client, as well as Firefox, a few needed utilities, and Quicken. All this because if I should need to re-install the OS from back-up I want these programs complete and at the same level.

Irv S.

Posted 5 years ago
Posts: 14920


Best to purchase another INDENTICAL SSD and configure the two drives in a Raid 0 Array with a 128 Stripe on the Intel Sata III Ports. This would give you more than Twice the performance of one SSD plus a volume size of 240 GB. That should take care of your immediate needs. Don't get involved with SSD caching as it is only a "gimick". If you're running an AMD Asus Rig, the same solution applies. All Asus motherboards have actual Bios Raid so don't get involved with software raid or caching "make do" solutions.

If you decide to do the above solution, I'll give you instructions on to implement the solution and not lose anything on your present setup configuration plus how to Reset your present SSD back to factory condition before setting up the new raid 0 array.

Rick P.

Posted 5 years ago

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