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    Default Does size really matter?

    I guess it depends on who you ask
    Really, though I do have a question about SSD and size. It has been asked over and over but I have not seen any threads that really answer my question.
    What size SSD would be the best option for me? I do your normal computer operation but do a lot of serious video work. I have many programs that I need to use for different things that I do. Several different things for video(large programs) office, programs that I have for home automation, hundreds of gb of music, hundreds of pictures, tb of video. Large programs for pictures. I know I won't store any of the music, pics or video on the SSD.
    I have read many, many, many conflicting reports on what to do with your SSD. My big question is will I get faster video rendering if the program is on the OS drive? Where is the best place to put my programs. On another drive or on the same partition as the OS? I want what will be best for video work.
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    Default Re: Does size really matter?

    Size ALWAYS matters, but bigger isn't always better.
    From what you've described I would go with a 128 or 256GB SSD where your "final" converted files would be saved to your hard drive.

    Running with 8GB of memory would let you set up a 3 - 4GB ram disk for your temp folders and your swap file. Check out post 57 in for more information. Several forum members posted some excellent suggestions for my 60GB ssd/win7 upgrade. If you read the complete thread, you'll see that I moved some folders to my 4K aligned hdd partitions. The hdd benchmark on my hdd showed a 20 - 22% improvement with 4K aligned partitions. My system seldom uses more than 50MB for the swapfile, but your applications probably use much more. I think your best performance will be with your temp folders and swapfile on the ramdisk. This should increase the useful life of your ssd by minimizing write/erase cycles. Using the ramdisk for these temporary files should provide the maximum overall performance for your system.

    **edit** Your best system performance with your video applications will probably be with them installed on your ssd.
    You'll find that most if not all programs installed on your ssd will load much faster.
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