SSD For OS and HDD for Data

  antony.dandrea 17:22 04 Jan 2013

I was thinking about installign just the OS and nothing else on an SSD drive and everything else and files on HDD.

Is this worth it?

My second question is that I am worried how long an SSD will last before my OS on it will be destroyed?


  Chronos the 2nd 17:28 04 Jan 2013

Around 20 years.

  Chronos the 2nd 17:35 04 Jan 2013

Sorry just checked mine and it is about 10 years. But that will also depend on how you use it.Unless you plan on constantly moving large amounts of media, your drive shouldn't begin slowing down, until after the life of your computer is over (the other components will age too).

  shellship 18:36 04 Jan 2013

One disadvantage of putting OS on SSD is that it can get cluttered quite quickly - lots of articles in PCA hard copy about this. Possible to overcome but it looks as though one must be aware of the problem. Apart from that the advantages are great. If and when I get a new toy I will get an SSD for the OS.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 18:42 04 Jan 2013


to avoid clutter you need to set the Documents folder for the HDD and always select custom install when installing programs to stop them from installing to the SSD

  Chronos the 2nd 18:49 04 Jan 2013

If you get a 128GB as a minimum size it will happily take your OS and programs with around 60 + GB to spare.

As Fruit Bat says move the My documents folder I also move the Music and Pictures and video as well. I all have a separate HDD for my Steam/Games folders.

  Ian in Northampton 18:52 04 Jan 2013

I had always believed that (if you have the space) programs should also go on the SSD to significantly improve load times.

  antony.dandrea 19:20 04 Jan 2013

About ransfering large amounts of data or more specifically "writing".

IF I had for example pictures on my HDD and I used Windows Picture Viewer to view them, am I correct in saying that the pictures wouldn't be written onto the SSD, but onto the RAM where the Picture Viewr would also be? Same question for videos and music. And so viewing media written on HDD wouldn't affect the number of writes left?

Similarly, if I was watching a Youtube video from a browser, this would be downloaded to RAM?

Furthermore, I am worried about running programs from SSD and how they use up all the writes?

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 20:37 04 Jan 2013

Install all yor programs and data on the HDD

as you said when running a program or browser etc. its run in memory if you have enough or out of the pagefile on the hard drive, again make sure any pagefile settings are set to the HDD not the SSD.

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