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What's the best use of storage over an SSD and a HDD

Now, thanks to your help, I have a 250GB SDD and a 1TB HDD for my new PC build. As far as read-write speed goes how should I use this space? I want to put Windows 10 on the SDD, but should I also install my programs on the SDD, or should I put the programs on the HDD and use the SDD for all the preferences and data other than saved files? Or, does that split them too much? I want to keep all my saved files on the HDD as a best practise, because if the Windows drive ever fails all your data is on the other drive.
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  1. SSD - OS and all/most applications
    HDD - all other stuff that does not fit, especially things where the SSD speed does not matter. Music, movies, etc.
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    Pretty much what USAFRet has stated.

    1. OS/Frequently used programs/Preferences - SSD
    2. Infrequently used programs/Media Files(music, pictures, movies etc) - HDD.

    What I did was redirect (properties>location) my 'downloads', 'pictures', 'movies' & 'documents' folders to the HDD (just change c to d essentially & it'll replicate those) - that way you organize everything as you likely always did, yet all storage f the files are on (in my case) d: opposed to c:.

    SSDs can fill up fast, and need a minimum 10% free to remain optimum, hence I'd recommend infrequent programs are installed there also - no sense filling up your SSD with that program you needed & used once, but didn't want to delete incase you needed it again in future.
  3. USAFRet said:


    Interesting comments in those links, as simply changing the root (C > D) has worked fine for me, and many others.

    People were definitely having issues trying to move their whole 'users' folder over, but what I described worked fine for me.

    @charles_i, probably best you read those linkes USAFRet has posted and follow that guide, better safe than sorry.
  4. Barty1884 said:
    USAFRet said:


    Interesting comments in those links, as simply changing the root (C > D) has worked fine for me, and many others.

    People were definitely having issues trying to move their whole 'users' folder over, but what I described worked fine for me.

    @charles_i, probably best you read those linkes USAFRet has posted and follow that guide, better safe than sorry.


    The redirection to another location is built into the function/Library, so why not use that.
  5. That's great advice. thanks. Most programs have the option to save preferences on D: and good idea to use the SDD only for programs you use all the time.
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