Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 27th Sep 2012 19:36 UTC
Apple I bought a brand new iMac on Tuesday. I'm pretty sure this will come as a surprise to some, so I figured I might as well offer some background information about this choice - maybe it'll help other people who are also pondering what to buy as their next computer.
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WereCatf
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2006-02-15

Regarding SSD reliability: I've always been of the mind that you should run your OS and installed programs on the SSD for the speed gains and keep your data on a traditional HDD to avoid data loss. On GNU/Linux and BSD this is easy; during installation just put your /home on the HDD and you're good to go. On Windows you can point your User folder at a different volume with a few extra steps after installation.


That's what I am planning to do once my SSD arrives: I'll move my Downloads - folder and most of the contents inside Application Data to a regular disk and link them to their appropriate place via NTFS junction points, but I'll keep Firefox's cache on the SSD because there's a gazillion files there and they're all very small ones -- a situation where an SSD excels and a regular HDD doesn't.

Would be nice if Windows offered some tools for trimming off the fat, though; at the moment my Windows - directory takes 23 gigabytes of storage, and that's not including my home directory, Program Files or anything like that.

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Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

I use Glary Utilities to fix a lot of the cruft in my Windows installs. It may not make much of a dent in that 23GB you have, but it might be worth a shot. Get the non-toolbar version from their site, or if you install it via ninite.com you don't have to worry about that at all.

Also, if you're running x64 Windows it will take up much more space than x86. To me it's worth the bloat to be able to run with 8GB of RAM.

EDIT: Just checked my Windows directory and it's at 17GB on a four month old install of Windows 7 Ultimate x64.

Edited 2012-09-28 00:52 UTC

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Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

Regarding swap, realistically no high performance rig should use it. Get enough ram and be done with it. The only time memory should be stored to disk is for hibernation.

And in the case of hibernation, it's one big linear read/write with no seeking overhead. If it's placed on the outer rim of the disk, this is peak performing scenario for HDD, so I'm not even sure if the hibernation file benefits from SDD. Anyone have performance data on this?

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