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SSDs and W7

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SSDs and W7

Have been reading lots on the 'net regarding how to best set up a 60B SSD with W7, some of it seems over-the-top in the amount of info and other a bit too technical.
From what I gather it seems the best option is just to install the OS on the SSD with W7 automatially disabling any defragmenting options.
What about the Swap (Page) file, should this be set to the SSD or a HDD?
As W7 Profesional takes less than 25GB should I consider installing other apps to the SSD or avoid doing that? If I do, is there an amount of free space I should keep available?
Any advice from those more knowledgable about SSDs than me (probably everyone here Wink) would be appreciated.

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Re: SSDs and W7

If you've got a HDD in the system,  then I'd be inclined to use that for the pagefile to prevent unnecessary writes to the SSD.
I'd also make it fixed size to prevent fragmentation issues on the HDD!
Ultimately,  it depends on how much RAM you've got and what programs you use, as to whether it makes any practical difference.
Generally,  it's best to put  programs and data that infrequently change (but are often used) onto the SSD to gain the performance from the better read speed.
I'd also move the User folders onto the HDD as they'll probably change more frequently, and it makes it easier to reinstall the OS without losing the user data.
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Re: SSDs and W7

That all makes sense, thanks.
I do have several HDDs to be included and was already thinking about putting User folders on one of them.
Page file to HDD, too. Would it be better to put the Page file on a different drive than the user files and remaining apps that I don't install on the SSD? Would that help to keep the system at optimum performance?
I'll be installing 8GB RAM so don't expect a great use of the Page file.

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Re: SSDs and W7

hi Mav when i installed my SSD i found this page very useful  Wink most important is to swap to ACHI mode in bios , and disable defrag
http://thessdreview.com/ssd-guides/optimization-guides/the-ssd-optimization-guide-2/
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Thanks.
I had read elsewhere that when W7 detects an SSF it automatically disables defrag for it.
Had a quick read of your link and will have a proper look later when I get home Smiley

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Re: SSDs and W7

I'm guessing you'll be using it differently to how I do (this is mostly for games) but I have a 64GB SSD in my system, deliberately didn't install the OS to it - I just install games to HDDs as usual and then copy the folder over to the SSD and leave a symlink in its place. It's transparent to Windows so no issues there, and means the games load a lot faster though with the size of games these days (especially including patches - I'm looking at you, Battlefield 3) there's only room for one or two.
If you don't do a lot of gaming though it's probably best to install the OS to it and use the free space to install your most used apps as suggested above. I believe W7 is pretty good at recognising an SSD and not doing any unnecessary read/write cycles.
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Wink Matt, i did it the other way , fresh install win 7 SSD connected only , restarted with 1TB hd connected , for some reason win 7 tries to install on HD first  Shocked,  then installed BF3 on SSD  & install other programs on HD .
win 7 loads fast  Wink as does BF3  Smiley as for game  patches and updates that's why i went for a 120gig SSD  Kiss
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Interesting. Must admit I reinstalled recently after a hardware upgrade and actually installed BF3 to the SSD, but that's because we're playing ESL matches now and ESLWire (eeeew...) wouldn't recognise BF3 was installed with the redirect in place.