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jimbo_0002

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#1 8 years ago

I'm going to get a 60gb sdd looking at the ocz vertex 2 and I was wondering is there a way to just have the "bare" os on it and your program files and My Documents, My Music etc on a separate drive? Is there a way to install like that instead of just your c:\ drive with everything?

Ill be installing win 7 ultimate 64bit if it makes a difference.

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#2 8 years ago

Yeah, that's what I have. Install Windows to the SSD - it makes things much easier if you only have the one drive plugged in at the time - then when you're installing stuff, just remember to change the drive letter from C: to, E:, for example. You could move some of the programs that Windows installs - Movie Maker and IE or whatever - but there's really not much point.

This is a great thread. Some of the stuff in there is for performance, I mainly went for the SSD-life-lengthening ones. In particular, the Firefox RAM command is a very cool one.

The main thing you have to remember is to move your pagefile to another drive - or just disable it. No problems so far for me.




jimbo_0002

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#3 8 years ago

I turn off just about all window installs as I don't use them anyway. So i basically can create just a new programs folder and install into it?

I'm quite the noob at this kind of things, I have no idea what a pagefile is or does? Ill take a read through that thread when i get a chance, I had a quick skim it all looks like nothing I've played around with before.




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#4 8 years ago

The pagefile is used for temporary memory.

Doesn't putting the pagefile on a normal HDD eliminate the point of getting an SSD though? (assuming you bought it for increased performance)




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#5 8 years ago

Well that's the reason I didn't create one in another drive after removing it from the SSD; I figured that I'd just be creating a bottleneck.

The reason you move the pagefile in the first place is that the SSD would reach its write limit very quickly if it were constantly writing and rewriting the tiny bits of data that you'd typically find in a pagefile, and therefore wouldn't last you very long.




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#6 8 years ago

The whole point of a pagefile is to increase performance though....

I'd thought that the speed benefit of a SSD would mostly be from having your page/temp files working dammed near as fast as the RAM was in the first place, otherwise it's only taking a couple of seconds off of the load time of windows.




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#7 8 years ago

Well, the way I understand it, the pagefile in Win7 works differently than others. Before, the system would only page stuff if you ran out of RAM, where-as now, it's always using the pagefile for stuff, so there's actually more of a bottleneck there than one might think.

A pagefile increases performance, yes. But this is only in a situation where you're RAM-limited, which almost no-one is these days.




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#8 8 years ago

Hey Thanks for the info, Daed, I have an Intel x-25 80g coming in a few days! i think that is the last thing I can upgrade in my rig...lol.




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#9 8 years ago

reviving my old thread just to let you guys know something if you didn't already, Ive just installed my os on my ssd and was trying to move my user folder or the folder in it(my document etc) looked for ages on how to do it heaps of people changed reg stuff but found this one thing and its so simple and it works! And all the links and libraries still work perfect Vista Hands On #7: Move user data to another drive | ZDNet The link is how to do it on vista but it works perfectly well for 7 well it did for me anyway! I had to post it cause I had been searching all day to try work it out and now im excited :)