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    Default My First SSD, now what?

    Well, the big guy upstairs must have took a look at my system and felt pity for me, because I'm finally able to upgrade a few parts, here's the list:

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    So, the question is, how to set it all up. Do I clone the OS, and how exactly do I do that, or just do a fresh install? Besides the OS, what else should go on the SSD, and any other relevant info would be greatly appreciated.

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    Default Re: My First SSD, now what?

    Go into BIOS and set the drives for AHCI operation instead of IDE compatibility mode. This is the faster way to operate the drives, and they will be snappier too.
    Fresh install is best. Keep just the OS on the SSD at first. Then add the programs that you use the most and need to have fast startup times.

    Enjoy the new rig.

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    Default Re: My First SSD, now what?

    So, I'm guessing that's where my Steam acct. is going, plus the offrice suite?

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    Default Re: My First SSD, now what?

    If that is what you want to load the fastest. The install the rest on the 2T

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    Default Re: My First SSD, now what?

    Remember 120GBs is going to fill up very fast, so if youn do a lot of gaming, maybe go with Samsung 840 Pro 256GB, but if you have the cash, I would highly recomend the Crucial M500 960GB SSD, I have two of them, thgeir great SSD's and I've seen some for sale for as low as $519.00

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    Default Re: My First SSD, now what?

    How large is your Steam storage? You have to leave some free space on a Hard drive or SSD or it will slow down.
    The difference between having your games stored on a Hard drive as opposed to a SSD is how fast the game loads for you.

    If it's on a SSD, it will load the game quicker, but game ~*performance*~ will be the same, or very close to the same.

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    Default Re: My First SSD, now what?

    Actually, had to re-think the Steam acct. Definitely keep that on the hdd, too big for the ssd. Also, to Dr. Death's suggestion, budget constraints demand the 120g.

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    Default Re: My First SSD, now what?

    I only put the game I play the most often on my SSD. The rest are stored on the secondary drive. With all the benchmarking and photo editing tools I use I was able to fill a 120gb in now time. Just had to remove some stuff to keep it from bogging down. After a windows install you will have around 90GB of usable space. That isnt much considering how most games are 10gb or larger. Just installed Farcry3. 11.2GB.
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    Default Re: My First SSD, now what?

    I'm still a bit of a novice here, but this is what I've found out about SSDs. 1) They are great drives; 2) They are fast drives (you'll be amazed at how fast things go - from initial boot, to program load, to execution); 3) [And this is the down side] their MTBF does not come anywhere near a HDD.

    I knew this going into a build I did a couple of years ago, and sure enough, after about 27mo I started to see a few errors pop up here and there. Because the stats on it started to show an escalation of failures (after ignoring for about another 3mo or so), I decided to swap out the SSD and put in a HDD (10,000RPM 512GB 64MB buffer). No where near as fast as the SSD was though. I sure miss it.

    But, budget constraints I know about. So, wound up with the HDD as my OS drive... My SSD is now an off-line storage, used for various other minor functions...

    Just keep good backups and a watchful eye on the SSD, and I think you'll do fine - I did...

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    Default Re: My First SSD, now what?

    I only have my OS And my BF-3. ON MY SSD.

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    Default Re: My First SSD, now what?

    I only have my OS on my SSD, and everything else on my HHD, game still update and load quick enough.

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    Default Re: My First SSD, now what?

    Iv'e heard of there being a sort of "life expectancy" with SSDs. Thanks for the input, i'll be sure to keep a close eye on things.

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    Default Re: My First SSD, now what?

    The life expectancy gas gotten a lot better then before. There was some serious issues when ssds were first released but most if not all have been addressed. Manufacturing,firmware changes, trim function and many other tweaks have all added to the life cycle. I won't worry too much but you should always have a backup in place if you store important items on the drive. HDD or ssd
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