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#1 ikjasmiaf

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 10:22 PM

So i want the SSD used ONLY as the boot drive and the 3TB HDD used as everything else. How and what do I do to make these drives work together?(I'm a computer beginner so i don't know much)


Seagate Barracuda 7200 3 TB 7200RPM SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST3000DM001 is the HDD
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Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F90GBGT-BK 2.5" 90GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive is the SDD


Do i need that big of a ssd to use only for the boot drive? Or can i get a smaller and cheaper SDD?

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 02:30 PM

Hi,

What you are describing is a SSD boot drive and a larger 7200 RPM Data drive.

All my SSDs are at least 120Gb, 160Gb and 300Gb. paired with a data drive.

I use the SSD as a boot drive, programs drive and pagefile drive.

The only thing I put on the data drive is data, Music, video, Pictures.

My Documents stay on the SSD for me. There are guides for having windows 7 use the data drive for the items under the User profile. I prefer them to stay on the SSD.

Having all my programs as well as Windows itself on the SSD speeds up anything that has to load from the drive. Leaving the User profile on the SSD adds a little bit of speed too IMO.

A SSD that has plenty of room on it will last longer. Research Overprovisioning. Thus all my SSDs are over 2/3 empty.
http://www.google.com/#hl=en&sclient=psy-ab&q=over+provisioning+ssd&oq=Overprovisioning&aq=1s&aqi=g-s2g-v2&aql=&gs_l=hp.1.1.0i10l2j0i15l2.2037l2037l0l4293l1l1l0l0l0l0l149l149l0j1l1l0.frgbld.&pbx=1&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.,cf.osb&fp=3226d37ade666d03&biw=1024&bih=620

This computer has 76.8Gb free out of 111Gb for example on its SSD drive. Free space helps the wear leveling mechanism work more efficiently. More free space means it can spread the wear using more space for a longer life. with a SSD it is the writes wear out the drive.

Hope this helps
Roger

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#3 ikjasmiaf

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 02:34 PM

Yeah i watched a tutorial about building PCs on youtube and he talked about making the computer with a ssd as the boot drive and the hdd as a data drive... but the dude never got into detail about how to do that.. can you help?

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 02:54 PM

I'm going to presume you know how to install windows?

A data drive is any drive installed into the computer excluding the Windows drive.

If so the easiest way is have only the SSD drive hooked up along with the DVDrom drive. Install the Windows it can only go to the SSD and that should show as C:. If it doesn't temporarily unhook the card reader.

Once Windows is installed then hook up the data drive.
Right click on Computer
choose manage
choose disk management
at this point you should see the data drive with no drive letter.
Right click on it and create the partition, then format

Good Luck
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Posted 10 April 2012 - 03:08 PM

so once the boot drive is installed on the ssd i hook up the hdd. The hdd doesnt have a drive letter. So i partition the drive and then format? what is formatting? sorry i dont know anything about a computer

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Posted 11 April 2012 - 09:16 AM

Hi, From here
How To Partition a Hard Drive in Windows 7
http://pcsupport.about.com/od/windows7/ht/partition-hard-drive-windows-7.htm

Step one is a link to this http://pcsupport.about.com/od/windows7/ht/disk-management-windows-7.htm

In step 2 choose GPT since your drive is a 3Tb drive.

Work your way down to step 12 which tells how to format the drive once it is partitioned. Follow the link in step 12
http://pcsupport.about.com/od/windows7/ht/format-hard-drive-windows-7.htm

Once the drive is formatted it is ready to use.

Good Luck
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Posted 11 April 2012 - 07:04 PM

WOW this forum is one of the most helpful forums ive been on! thank you!

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 02:30 PM

B4 u install your Operating System to go into BIOS (hit Delete or one of the Function Keys immediately after u turn it on, depending on Motherboard)

and under the Settings find SATA mode make sure you select AHCI.

You can check out OCZ forum for SSD's there's a guide there




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