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Bascotie

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Hi guys,

Here's my situation. I have a small 64GB SDD with windows 7 installed. I also have a 260 gig HDD as a spare drive. SSD's are faster but games and programs take up a lot of space so I need to install many of them on the 260 gig drive. How much of a performance impact will I feel by using this setup, rather than running games straight from the SSD?

My theory is that it wont be as bad as having the OS installed onthe 260 gig AND running games off of it since a lot of "temporary file" operations and so forth will work through the SSD? Maybe my logic is off, please help :D
 
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You're not likely to see any difference. Remember that programs are loaded to memory before being executed, so that is the step that is slowed by the drives, and not the actual execution of the games (unless the drive needs to be accessed once in a while to load resources, like images).

Because writing to SSD's is so slow, you may actually see that they run better and faster from a regular drive.
 

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That is just the setup I use; 64gig ocz ssd for os, office, basic apps, etc and a WD 750gig for games, etc.

You will really really like the ssd. I used to have 2 WD high performance drives in raid0 and the ssd just blows away the old raid array.
 

Bascotie

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Awesome thanks guys. Really excited to hear it isn't bad which will keep me from buying another SSD for a RAID 0 setup. That way I can wait for prices to come down!
 

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Raid of any type with ssd is very problem prone. TRIM does not work with raid. To help with wear leveling, you would need to break the array and secure erase the drives every 6 months or so. Recreate the array then either restore a working image OR clean install windows.
 
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