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    Would you do this?

    Would you have a small SSD (say 60GB) as your primary OS drive, and other programs like photoshop/office with a 2nd SSD (say 250GB) as your secondary drive for games and the like?

    My boss and I are questioning this for his new build and want to get a consensus.

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    We use 120GB SSDs in ours then bung in an extra 500gb disk for the PCs in our office for shoving random stuff on it. our base image is round 60 - 70Gb so works out nicely for us and very speedy

    image includes the likes of photoshop, auto cad software, Unreal Development Kit etc

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    It's do-able, but I wouldn't personally. I have a 120GB SSD for Windows 8 in my home machine and that filled up really quickly. Admittedly, I do have a few programs I use regularly sitting on there too (including CS5) but nothing else. My "Users" folders are moved as far as possible to an HDD (using Windows own tools to do so as simlinks have been reported to break Windows Updates; upside no compatibility problems, downside additional space taken up by AppData)

    My second drive is 300GB HDD used for programs and videos; that's almost full.

    My third drive is a 1TB RAID1 with important documents as well as games on it (with an internet connection as slow as mine, I'd rather take the RAID performance hit than have to download them all again if I had a HDD failure!) - that too is about 75% full now.

    It all comes down to how much space you personally use, I know I use a lot compared to some people because I'm also a photographer (about 1/3 of the 1TB RAID is taken up with photos), but I do think that unless you can afford a 480GB SSD, at the moment your money is still better spent on a moderate sized (120GB+) SSD for Windows and core programs plus a large HDD or, better still SSHD, for storage.

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    well he would use the 60GB for windows, photoshop, office, maybe skype.
    he would use the 250GB for game installs
    and a 500GB for other bits (photoshop files, documents, pictures, videos etc).

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    At home I have a 120GB SSD running Windows and my steam library and a 1TB HDD with my music / photos / docs etc. Works perfectly!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nephilim View Post
    well he would use the 60GB for windows, photoshop, office, maybe skype.
    he would use the 250GB for game installs
    and a 500GB for other bits (photoshop files, documents, pictures, videos etc).
    That extra 500GB for pure storage is a very good idea and could make this workable, but you will probably have to simlink the Users folder away from the 60GB drive or it'll fill up in no time. Just read up on all the pit falls that go with that; I know a lot of people had major headaches trying to upgrade to Windows 8.1 because of it, think the end result was backing up the folders, removing simlinks, applying update, restoring simlink, restoring backups... I was too lazy so accepted my fate with Windows' limited library redirection

    EDIT: although it is worth noting, the PC I'm talking about has 3 users so if it's a single logon machine, 60GB might be enough for Windows with basic library redirection
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    Quote Originally Posted by fairm010 View Post
    At home I have a 120GB SSD running Windows and my steam library and a 1TB HDD with my music / photos / docs etc. Works perfectly!
    +1 for this. I have a 120GB Samsung Pro SSD for O/S, programs like Office etc, and a 1TB Barracuda HDD for my Steam library and other games. All my music, movies etc are on a NAS.

    I also have a 2nd 300GB HDD for misc storage (fraps recordings, audio/video conversions, downloads, temp files etc).

    Oh, oh, and a old external 300GB USB drive for VirtualBox images.

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    I currently have 120GB SSD for the OS and any 'core'/frequently used programs. I then have a 1TB HDD dedicated for games (either Steam Lib or standalone,) then another 500GB HDD for other software packages & anything I consider to be Miscellaneous.

    As for the user profile, since it's only me that uses it I keep mine on the SSD but redirect Photos & Music to the 500GB, I just change the default save location and alter the libraries to point to it. Works well for me, might be doing a restructure soon though
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    My box has 120GB (RAID 1), with the last 15 years of my life on it and it's only used 70GB and that includes the o/s. Mind you I take my many photos using film (which go into my photo album) and I don't download videos. As LosOjos said, it all depends on what you want to keep. If I was keeping huge amounts of stuff, I'd have a small disk with the o/s and programs on and a big RAIDed array for my data. It doesn't matter too much if you lose the o/s but it matters a lot if you lose your data. I would also backup the array to external media; when my box shuts down it rsync's any changes to an external disk.

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    We use 180GB SSDs now. Keeps the power low and no more disk failures.

    I don't see any reason to install legacy mechanical hard disks any more.

    You can buy a 1tb SSD for 400 quid these days.

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    doubt he'd would not upgrade to windows 8(or 8.1) for a long time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zag View Post
    I don't see any reason to install legacy mechanical hard disks any more.
    If you have 800GB of games downloaded, then a mechanical drive is a lot more cost effective then some monster sized SSD's!

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    oh and it is for a personal build, not a business one

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    Home machine is a work laptop - 120gb ssd for OS and 2nd 120gb ssd for virtual machines.

    Works for me, I have some large ISO files on the OS drive but I'm not a gamer\media hoarder so its 50% free.

    But 60gb for a os drive is not big enough in my opinion.

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    Even though it would only be Windows 7, MS office and Photoshop?

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