Is There Really A Point for Having a SSD

April 2, 2018 at 16:40:34
Specs: Windows 10
I'm in the midst of buying my parts and i'm beginning to realize I might not even need a SSD drive for my needs. First I need to understand whats really the point for having your OS operate thru your SSD other then fast boot speed? That's not a concern for me since the pc will be running majority 24/7, so what would be another reason to have that? If I have to put my installations, games/programs , into my SSD anyway there's no real point for me to have one to begin with. If somebody could just explain this so I can better understand. If I install programs to the HDD and run them will they run properly will it be a problem? I just felt I could have my OS running thru one drive while I'm using the other drive to ply games and watch dl movies tv whatever. and this is win10

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#1
April 2, 2018 at 17:55:11
I still use hard drives, they are more than adequate for my needs.

Keep it simple, put everything on one drive.

I have a second drive installed for my backups.


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#2
April 3, 2018 at 07:57:27
An SSD doesn't just improve the boot speed it improves the working speed of the computer by a noticeable amount. I think they are well worth while.

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#3
April 3, 2018 at 09:37:55
I agree with Derek. I would not wish to be without an SSD for the OS.
In addition to faster boot times, which is significant, there is faster application startups, AV scans, system updates, and more. In most cases the one upgrade that will give the most benefits at the lowest cost is an SSD. It always amazes me how some people can go for an i7 CPU, 16 GB RAM, but cheap out on storage with only an HD, and wonder why it doesn't perform well.

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#4
April 3, 2018 at 10:35:33
@LMiller7 Where are your storing your games, music, movies? Because those are not going into my SSD that wouldn't make much sense but it seems a LOT of ppl do it that way have data in both drives, which makes zero sense to me. I'm only having those things in one drive and I want this simplistic for me in terms of access. So if i'm installing programs(not all but some programs)movies, music, what ever, into my mass bulk drive will I still be able to pull them up easily and use them as if everything was in one drive?

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#5
April 3, 2018 at 10:39:02
and doing that might be cost efficient and better for pc speed BUT is it convenient for ME to use is my question? Because for ME it might just be better I have things running on one pc and not worry about "Scan Speeds" and things like that.

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#6
April 3, 2018 at 11:28:34
Windows itself runs faster on SSD as do any other programs that are used.

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April 3, 2018 at 11:53:47
and I would just custom install other things like games, movies, music into my HDD ok I'm starting to understand. Other question is whats the purposes of RAID Mode? Should I set my settings to that because of what i'm doing or should I just stick to AHCI as my BIOS Settings?

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#8
April 3, 2018 at 12:46:12
http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum...

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#9
April 3, 2018 at 14:13:55
So after reading that its saying that I should set both my SSD & HDD to AHCI and not worry about the RAID Settings, am I correct?

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#10
April 3, 2018 at 14:49:02
That would by my view.

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#11
April 3, 2018 at 15:25:23
I appreciate your help.

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#12
April 3, 2018 at 18:28:52
If I was building a gaming rig, I'd probably get a 240GB SSD for the OS & a SSHD for programs & data storage. The Seagate FireCuda gets really good reviews. Check this out: https://nerdtechy.com/seagate-firec...

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#13
April 3, 2018 at 21:25:38
Not a big fan of Seagate harddrives. Reviews depends on what you want to hear/read.
This one isn't so positive:
https://www.pcauthority.com.au/revi...

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April 4, 2018 at 09:42:58
In the review you posted, the FireCuda was used as the primary drive. In the review I posted, it's mentioned as being a good choice as a 2ndary drive for games & programs. Here's the highlights from that article:

- When it comes to reading large media files, there are very few benefits to an SSD.
- Game data is primarily made up of large media files, but the few small bits of code that only occupy a fraction of the space need to be accessed quickly if you want top level performance. Hybrid drives are a unique solution to this problem.
- The SSD itself is 8GB in size, which is large enough to hold a solid chunk of a game, or several media files. The drive spins at 7200 rpm, which is a typical speed for consumer drives.
- the firmware inside the drive is always trying to decide which files should be duplicated to the SSD
- The fact that they are duplicated and not moved is important – the original files still exist on the main drive. This means that, at any time, the drive can decide that one file is more important than another, and quickly overwrite it without losing the original. This means that small improvements to its selection process can result in almost instant performance improvement.
- The ratio of SSD to HDD is perfect for most modern games. If you bought an SSD that was priced the same as the Firecuda drives, you’d fill it up with only one or two games. This way, you get 2TB of storage space and significant performance improvement.
- If you’re just looking for something to store your multimedia, you probably won’t see a huge benefit from this drive. But then again, if you’re willing to throw in an extra $10 for this model over the standard one, the caching feature might be handy to have ‘just in case’.
- If you’re looking for high performance, this is not the drive you want.
- but the Firecuda will perform much better than a standard hard drive.


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