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SSD for JUST the OS or for Programs as Well?

  1. #1


    Posts : 149
    Windows 8.1

    SSD for JUST the OS or for Programs as Well?


    Going to be picking up a new SSD today. The question I have is will I get better performance from the SSD by installing ONLY the OS (W8.1 64 bit) oppose to installing the OS as well as programs/drivers?
    Will the SSD operation faster with just the OS installed in it alone?
    Maybe I should install my programs on just a HDD and save the SSD for the the OS alone?
    Opinions please.
    Thanks in advance.

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  2. #2


    N.Y.
    Posts : 2,214
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit


    In general SSD as you know system will perform better with SSD, most will use SSD for OS. This matters to size you are thinking of buying for OS.
    Larger size SSD's have better performance, read and write usually compared to the smaller ones. Now also matters how much software you have to put on, then size you can use to worry about leaving space as not same like it is with a HDD, i do not think loose performance as much if fill it 50-75%. Software to will perform of course better on SSD then HDD. HDD be good for Music, Videos and Movies and backup too, do not require speed to run well. Still use HDD to install software too. I have 2 SSD's, use one for OS, one for games and HDD for Music,Videos, files, documents,etc.. and other backup.
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  3. #3


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello BeK,

    If you have the free space available, it would be best to install everything on the SSD for better performance, and use the HDD for backups and/or data.

    Hope this helps some.
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  4. #4


    N.Y.
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    Windows 10 Pro 64bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello BeK,

    If you have the free space available, it would be best to install everything on the SSD for better performance, and use the HDD for backups and/or data.

    Hope this helps some.
    Mate !!
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  5. #5


    Posts : 149
    Windows 8.1


    Well I was thinking about picking this one up due to the price per space but I don't know much about this brand.

    480GB capacity
    Helps improve start-up times and reduce time spent waiting for applications to load.
    Serial ATA III interface
    Backward compatible with Serial ATA II and Serial ATA I interfaces for simple installation in your computer.
    Sequential read speeds up to 500MB/sec.
    Along with write speeds up to 300MB/sec. ensures fast performance.
    Low power consumption
    Aids in conserving your laptop's battery life while on the move.

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  6. #6


    N.Y.
    Posts : 2,214
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit


    I would not go with PNY. Look more at Samsung, Crucial these days prices are getting cheaper.
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  7. #7


    Posts : 149
    Windows 8.1


    Woah! Thanks for the insight. I would have picked it up without hesitation. I guess you get what you pay for huh?

    So are Sammy and Crucial the only manufacturers you stand by?
    What about Sandisk or Intel SSD's?
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  8. #8


    Posts : 149
    Windows 8.1


    Best Buy is currently having a sale that ends TODAY and I'm trying to get the best bang for the buck
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  9. #9


    N.Y.
    Posts : 2,214
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit


    SAMSUNG 850 EVO MZ-75E500B/AM 2.5" 500GB SATA III 3-D Vertical Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - Newegg.com
    Better one for you, few bucks more, but if google around internet might get it even cheaper if looking for at least close to 500GB.Your Welcome
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  10. #10


    N.Y.
    Posts : 2,214
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit


    Quote Originally Posted by BeK View Post
    Best Buy is currently having a sale that ends TODAY and I'm trying to get the best bang for the buck
    PNY to me has never been best bang for my buck, no offense.
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