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#1 bigdog1100

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 11:46 AM

Before I ask, I want to say that I did google it. Here is my question. I am running windows 7 64 Bit. I also play games. The total capacity for all my games is about 70 Gig. I understand that Windows 7 is about 40. I am getting 128 SSD. So my question is twofold, does it make sense to move Windows to SSD and will it be stable and running well if I play my games, let's say Dirt 3 while running Windows 7 on the same drive. Thank you.

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 12:30 PM

It will be hard to make a 128 gig drive work with the scenario you listed. Formatted, it will be about 119gig, leaving you little room. It is such a PITA living with a drive that is too small.

IMHO, I see 2 options. Go with a 256 gig SSD ($299 for an M4 256gig now at Amazon), or go with a 128gig SSD, and backup your game files on a regular hard drive and restore the games you want to play (I do this with Steam games). I have a 256 gig SSD, WIn7, some data and about 80 gig of games and it uses about 140 gig of space. I back up all of my game files (400gig+) on a USB3 external drive/dock.

As to your original question, assuming you have the room, then running WIn7 and your apps/games on the SSD is the only way to do it. I shake my head when someone tries to use a 64 gig drive, that has the OS on it, but have to put games and apps on a regular hard drive. Sure it boots fast, but it is still a slug anytime you want to do something else. SSDs really distinguish themselves when you get native SATA III support and they can run full speed.

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 12:38 PM

As dpunisher said that is to small a drive. Plus you always want to have free space on a SSD for several reasons.
Get at least 160Gb SSD for what you want to do.

Alternative would be to get two of that size SSD drives and put Windows on one and the games on the other. Not for multitasking. So that the drives have free space so you add more things to them later.

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 01:28 PM

Well. I suppose I forgot to mention I have regular 1 TB 6g/sec drive. As far as games, I can probably remove some steam ones.or back them up. Considering I am playing WoW primarily at the moment, I will keep my other games on regular hard drive. So it will be Wow (about 40 gig and) and Windows. Total 80. I also wanted to know, when I move Windows, do I move only the platform or certain media as well?

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