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Best way to setup my 2 Samsung 840 EVO 1 TB SSDs?

  1. #1


    Dubai
    Posts : 107
    Windows 8.1 Pro

    Best way to setup my 2 Samsung 840 EVO 1 TB SSDs?


    So I ordered two 1 TB Samsung 840 Evo SSD and am waiting for delivery in 10 days.

    Currently, I have a 256 GB LiteOn SSD + 1 TB Seagate 5400 RPM HDD

    The way I have them currently setup

    C: (256 GB SSD) over provisioned by 30% here I have the OS installed, programs, and 2 games

    D : (1 TB HDD): has my dropbox folder, docs, pics, music, videos, download folder

    So what would you recommend now? keeping my SSD partitioned into 1 750 GB (after over provisioning) seems a bit too much right?

    I really am confused on what is best, to split the first SSD into C and D and put my dropbox and other folders on it and leave the 2nd SSD empty to prolong its life? or put everything on the 2nd SSD?

    Don't know

    please advice

    also, I should OP both SSDs by 30% right?

    I am gonna enable RAPID on the first one since I have 32 GB of RAM

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  2. #2


    Gold Coast (Australia)
    Posts : 702
    Windows 8.1 x64


    lol, I thought my specs were overkill

    I would love to advise you, but as just one 1 TB Samsung 840 Evo SSD would cost me $680 in Australia, I can't.
    I figured a 250Gb SSD would suffice as I have enough drives to compensate everything else. If the OS drive goes, so does everything on it, hence my keeping it separate.
    Main reason I replied is so I can watch your progress on this question. Good luck.
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  3. #3


    Quote Originally Posted by MaXimus View Post
    So what would you recommend now? keeping my SSD partitioned into 1 750 GB (after over provisioning) seems a bit too much right?
    To me, it seems rather dumb to buy big SSD's and then not allocate all of the space on them. I've been on SSD's now for years, I allocate 100% of the drive and my work laptop is at about 90% capacity and has been for some time with no noticeable degradation.

    Quote Originally Posted by MaXimus View Post
    I really am confused on what is best, to split the first SSD into C and D and put my dropbox and other folders on it and leave the 2nd SSD empty to prolong its life? or put everything on the 2nd SSD?
    SSD's are likely going to last far longer than we are ever going to want to use them. Drives getting 300GB+ of data written to them every single day, day in and day out are lasting more than 5 years. People are way too paranoid about over using this technology.
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  4. #4


    Just do whatever you would do if they were ordinary HDDs, don't worry, be happy.
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  5. #5


    Hafnarfjörður IS
    Posts : 4,376
    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    Hi there
    I've been really USING (hard using with loads of writes and re-writes) many SSD's -- not a single problem with ANY of them including some quite rough treatment.

    Much more reliable than spinners -- maybe when the first ones appeared they might have had a reliability problem --not any more. It's good to see 1TB SSD's out there - but still a bit too expensive for me - otherwise I'd use them all instead of spinners.

    My main use for spinners now is on Music / video libraries, user data (excel / power point, email, scanned copies, photos etc) and system backups - since response time isn't too important for these types of files. (Okay system restore takes me 25 mins instead of 4 - but I can live with that).

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  6. #6


    Posts : 454
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Overprovisioning should not be necessary as long as TRIM is working. Just don't fill the drive to near capacity and write to it heavily on an ongoing basis. The main thing overprovisioning does is prevent you from doing that.

    I would not enable RAPID or any other Samsung gimmick or even leave Magician running in the notification area, as it purposely interferes with sleep and has caused problems for many people. See this message for more on Magician and the problems it caused me, including the first BSOD I've seen in years:

    Samsung Magician and TRIM message Solved - Windows 7 Help Forums

    Also be sure to remove it from your startup programs, as I believe it likes to insert itself there.
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  7. #7


    Posts : 132
    Windows 8.1 Pro WMC


    If maximum speed is your objective why not set them up as one large Raid strip0 drive?
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  8. #8


    Quote Originally Posted by MaXimus View Post
    So I ordered two 1 TB Samsung 840 Evo SSD and am waiting for delivery in 10 days.

    Currently, I have a 256 GB LiteOn SSD + 1 TB Seagate 5400 RPM HDD

    The way I have them currently setup

    C: (256 GB SSD) over provisioned by 30% here I have the OS installed, programs, and 2 games

    D : (1 TB HDD): has my dropbox folder, docs, pics, music, videos, download folder

    So what would you recommend now? keeping my SSD partitioned into 1 750 GB (after over provisioning) seems a bit too much right?

    I really am confused on what is best, to split the first SSD into C and D and put my dropbox and other folders on it and leave the 2nd SSD empty to prolong its life? or put everything on the 2nd SSD?

    Don't know

    please advice

    also, I should OP both SSDs by 30% right?

    I am gonna enable RAPID on the first one since I have 32 GB of RAM
    I would set them up just as you would any other hard drive. OP is no longer necessary as the space is built into the SSD. I agree with you to set up RAPID on the OS Drive. You do need to understand that if you have a crash all that is being held in RAM is going to be lost!!!
    I think if I could afford this set up what I would do would be to partition the drive in 0 slot into at least two data partitions using one of these for the OS 240 GB or even smaller. And then only install the OS and as we all know there are some programs that just won't let you install them anywhere but C: anyway put your Programs and games on the D: partition of the first SSD. The reason for this is keeping your OS Drive Image small and quick to restore should problems arise. The second SSD installed on slot 1 would be all data files, music, pictures data, I might even split that 2nd SSD into 2 partitions and use the F: for temp files as in working with Video files Cad Files burning DVD or DB stuff like that also that would make your daily data back up quicker and easier since temp files won't require back up.
    I guess one day we all will be able to afford a set up like this, we'll sit around and wonder how we ever managed with spinning disk, just as we did when the first spinners came out, and again when we got our first 1GB hard drive that was as amazing as these SSD's are now. That's when a lot of us figured out that a GB isn't really a GB
    Last edited by Clintlgm; 09 Apr 2014 at 17:31.
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  9. #9


    Dubai
    Posts : 107
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Ok so I got the 2 drives, I made the first drive a single partition C:\ and the 2nd Drive also another single partition D:\

    Installed the OS + Games on C:\ and kept D: for my Dropbox folder/movies/pics/docs/music/etc the same way I did before

    I also enabled RAPID and the Samsung Magician OS Tweaks

    To be honest, yes the benchmarks are now double what I had on my previous LiteOn 256GB M3S SSD, but for my personal usage, as a user, I felt nothing, in fact, if I had 2 systems next to each other I wouldn't be able to tell which one has my old LiteOn SSD and which one has the new Samsung EVO SSD

    All these benchmarks and hype online is relaly just a numbers game, I think once you have an SSD, it's and SSD no matter what, the feeling is the same.

    Anyway, I might give it another go next format putting both drives in RAID 0 mode

    Oh, one thing I did notice, previously, when I download a movie (let's say a 4 GB movie), when copying it to my external USB 3.0 WD My Book HDD, the transfer speed would be 100MB/S which was very good for meh

    Now the transfer speed jumps up between 300 to 400 MB/S to my external USB 3.0 WD HDD!! I am shocked!

    that's probably the only benefit I had from this upgrade. (previously I had a slow 5400 RPM Seagate HDD as my 2nd Drive where I kept all my files, downloads, movies, etc.)
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