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What should be on my SSD along with the OS

  1. #1


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    Windows 8

    What should be on my SSD along with the OS


    I have a 128GB OCZ Agility 4 SSD with Windows 8 running on it as of one hour ago. I thought I was good to go and I started to wonder... what SHOULD be on my SSD and what SHOULD be on my 2TB HDD?

    So, does anyone have a helping hand to get me started on my quest for knowledge? I consider myself a novice with enough know-how to get me by. I am good at following instructions as long as they make sense to me, of course.

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    Install programs to the SSD to take advantage of it's speed. Put data on the 2TB drive, especially stuff you don't access very often.

    I'm treating my SSD just like I do any other drive. The only thing I did was make sure automatic defrag was disabled for the SSD. I was going to move the swap file but decided that too should be on the fastest drive so left it.

    I'm sure others will disagree, but that's how I'm using mine.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 5
    Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
    Install programs to the SSD to take advantage of it's speed. Put data on the 2TB drive, especially stuff you don't access very often.

    I'm treating my SSD just like I do any other drive. The only thing I did was make sure automatic defrag was disabled for the SSD. I was going to move the swap file but decided that too should be on the fastest drive so left it.

    I'm sure others will disagree, but that's how I'm using mine.
    Thanks for the quick answer... I will do the same. Music and movies will go onto the HDD for sure.

    I had not thought about the defrag issue! Upon the research I did, I came upon this in regards to Windows 8.

    "Did a search on SSD defrag in the Windows 8 IT forums and found this answer which explains why defrag is still enabled for SSDs in Windows 8:
    Hello, In Windows 7 - we turned off defrag for SSDs as you mention in your entry; but in Windows 8, we have changed the defrag tool to do a general optimization tool that handles different kinds of storage, and in the case of SSD's it will send 'trim' hints for the entire volume;
    SSDs are storage devices made of flash memory; flash memory unlike hard disks are block erasable devices - they can be written to at a byte level but need to erased at a block level; Trim is a storage level hint that was introduced in the Windows 7 days to indicate that Windows is not using certain regions of the storage device; NTFS will send these trim hints when files are deleted or moved from those regions; SSDs consume these hints to perform a cleanup in the background called as 'reclaim' that helps them get ready for next writes. The SSD may choose to perform the optimization immediately, store the information for later optimization or throw away the hint completely and not use it for optimization since it does not have time to perform this optimization immediately.
    In Windows 8, when the Storage Optimizer (the new defrag tool) detects that the volume is mounted on an SSD - it sends a complete set of trim hints for the entire volume again - this is done at idle time and helps to allow for SSDs that were unable to cleanup earlier - a chance to react to these hints and cleanup and optimizer for the best performance. We do not do a traditional defrag (moving files to optimizer there location for space and performance) on SSDs.
    Thank you for your question and I hope this clarifies the need to run the Storage Optimizer on a regular basis."


    I'm not saying you should turn it back on but, it is food for thought.

    I am still very foggy on whether Windows 8(or whatever is responsible to do so) supports the TRIM function. Being the owner a beautiful new rig and SSD I am very protective of my investment right now. I thirst for knowledge!!!
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    Win 8 64-bit


    It seems to me that with Windows 8 the developers spend a lot of time saying how features should work, but in reality they don't. They done the same when saying how brilliant their new boot system was supposed to work, but yet when your PC fails to boot, it won't even allow you to boot in safe mode.

    With regards to the SSD defrag, they said it doesn't do a traditional defrag on SSDs, but if you look at the first screenshot from the below post, you can see that this is not true, as it's carrying out a full 6-pass defrag on a Solid State Drive:

    Optimise Drives Not Re-Trimming SSD Drive During Automatic

    I think they should spend less time writing about how features should work, and more time actually making them work in real life.
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  5. #5


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    Windows Server 2012 Standard w/Hyper-V


    Windows 8 supports trim on a SSD. Just run defrag with the /O flag on the command line ir click "optimize" in the GUI.
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    I have turned off the Optimization Service, use Samsung Magician.
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    I have my recycle bin set to don't move files to recycle bin. Remove files immediately when deleted. with SSD because of trim command.Check this site out for more tips The SSD Review The Worlds Dedicated SSD Education and Review Resource. The SSD Review.
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    Put anything you can onto the SSD, except for files like music, video, pictures, etc. These all just consume large amounts of storage space, but don't necessarily need fast storage space.

    Some will argue that you shouldn't put games onto an SSD because it doesn't help the game. True, it doesn't make the game, once loaded, work better. But it sure can save a ton of time launching the game. And for many of us, waiting on game launches is the #1 time killer...as they take longer than anything else to open.
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    Posts : 5
    Windows 8


    Thanks for all the info everyone! This has been very informative. I hope that I do a good job at maintaining my drive and not screw anything up. I am probably just going to try this out because I am curious but, WHAT IF I decided I wanted to run some apps from the HDD? Would they run properly since they are not located on the same drive as the OS? I figured, if I wanted to, I might someday utilize an email app like Thunderbird and I would be ok with it occupying space on my HDD in lieu of the SDD.
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    This is a decent writeup on TRIM, which defrag /o invokes: TRIM - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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