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Why are there low capacity SSD's

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by drfootware, Mar 26, 2019.

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  1. drfootware

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    Let me explain. the modern way to go, with a desktop PC, is to have an SSD, for the OS, and the updates, and a mechanical 7200rpm drive, for storage, and installed programs. My question is, if you install the programs to a separate drive, from the OS, and something goes wrong with the OS, and you have to wipe it out, and re-install, won't the DLL links to the programs, be broken? If so, how do you re-instate them? Thanks.
     
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    Yes, if the OS is the only thing on the SSD and all programs are on a separate hd, then you would need to re-install programs. Besides DLLs, the registry on a newly re-installed OS wouldn't have the info on any programs previously installed. However, you can choose an Upgrade Install of Windows, that should keep/migrate most of the registry. But if the re-install was due to a malware issue, then it is better to start fresh.
     
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    The OS and all installed programs are in my SSD.
    All Data (and backups) are X: & Y: & Z: (external HDD)
    I can rebuild my OS in the SSD in about 5 minutes from an Acronis image in X: Y: or Z:

    Anything bigger than a 256 GB SSD for my OS is a waste.
    Why put installed programs in a HDD ... That will only slow down the OS load times.
     

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    So, what's the ideal thing to do? The OS, whatever updates, and installed apps, go on the SSD, then pictures, documents, music, videos, and general downloads, would go on a separate/external HD? Also, why is an SSD bigger than 256gb, a waste? Thanks.
     
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    It's all about the need for speed.
    The OS can always use it and more, the data base not so much.
     
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    Right.
    My W7 OS in the SSD is only around 100GB fully loaded.
    If the SSD is only for the OS ... I figure anything more than 250GB is wasted space/money.
    At least twice the space needed for the OS to work in.

    Samsung 860 SSD ...... 250GB =~ $60 ...... 1TB =~ $140

    My 1TB HDD Data drives are getting full ... (I do a lot of video editing of 1 >2hr HD videos)
    My Data drives are Western Digital Black series 1TB with a 5 year warranty =~ $70
    Data only in my HDDs does not slow me down.

    I can select several Photos in my HDD and tell them all to open in Photoshop in my SSD ..
    Takes around 2-3 seconds .... That's fast enough for me ... Try that with the OS in a HDD.

    Remember .. any data you don't mind losing is data you only have one copy of.
    So double the SSD or HDD prices.
    I also have a Backup SSD loaded/tested and ready to just plug in .... if/when needed
     

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