How to build a SSD + HDD config?

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Stuna2150's picture
Joined: 08/14/2010
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My friend asked me a very good question yesterday that has been bugging the heck out of me.
He asked me what if some one wanted a cheap computer for lets say just internet, movies, music, personal life info.
But they dont want to wait 1-5 min for their computer to start up?

Long story short i figured best way to do that would be to buy a cheap low capacity SSD (big enough for windows) and then off everything else on a HDD hooked up to the mother board.

my question is. can it be done? I know it can be done manually with you selecting where you want to save files and programs but i mean for normal people that are (none computer savvy) Having windows automatically install programs into the HDD along with everything else like pictures and such?

This person is in a serious relationship with technology <3

Razear's picture
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The default installation path can be changed via a registry tweak.

Stuna2150's picture
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thanks :D this will come in very handy!

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You can also go another path and keep the HDD as the main and install a SSD Cache drive. Less work and you get extra speeds along with the space of the HDD. This one here is just for example: http://www.ocztechno...

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They will definitely be happy with the investment of an SSD. One thing you should keep in mind about SSDs is that you want some overhead to work with. If I recall correctly, you ideally want 20% of your drive free for maximizing the speed and longevity of the drive. Ie; when it comes to garbage collecting and the like.

What you could do is calculate how much the OS drive and apps placed onto it would require. Then look at purchasing a drive large enough to keep 20% of it free over time. Moreover I'd recommend one that does utilize a sandforce controller.

On the note about cache, that's great! I hadn't ever seen it put to use with an SSD before. Another method is utilizing RAM. It's an older technique that you can apply even with USB drives. Of course, if you have the option to use onboard memory it will yield better results. Here is a recent article regarding such usage.

Since running into this particular piece I've been eyeing an upgrade to my own RAM. Just to make my SSD setup that much better!

Apologies for going a bit off topic but I like to see people transitioning to SSD. I merely wanted to contribute something helpful. As much as I harp on my friends about it, I should be paid as a spokesperson for the hardware haha

Best of luck

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