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How do you dual-use HDD and SSD

Animepopcorn

3 months ago

So, I'm pretty new to this scene, and I've done some extensive research, but the one thing I can't seem to find is how people use both an SSD and a HDD together. So SSD is speedy, so you just install the OS on it then you use the HDD? Or interchangeably use them? Can you chose which of the two you save something to?

Thanks in advance.

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  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

HDD: things that need size but not speed. Movies, backups, some games.

SDD: things that need speed, preferably not too big. Boot drives, applications, data saved from said applications, games with long level loads.

There are a few programs that do this for you, primocache (about $30) and AMD's tiering system (which has a ton of restrictions and has been known to corrupt disks). Windows 10 had a similar system enabled, but I couldn't get it to work (it might no longer be enabled).

https://nils.schimmelmann.us/post/153541254987/intel-smart-response-technology-vs-windows-10

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

They are both drives, like others said you use them how you want. The SSD is much faster so if you put the OS on it you will boot much faster, any program you start will load almost instantly unless its massive. Most use HDD only for large storage drives say over 2tb because SSD become very expensive then. For photos and video a HDD works fine, if you edit one you want to be on a SSD. SSD price has come way down so today many are going up to 1tb maybe 2tb SSD main drive and only a HDD if they need more than 2tb storage or they don't have budget left. Or get a couple 1tb or less SSD today and more when you run out of space. Some gamers for example run 500gb SSD and just have the games they play and OS on there, then move other stuff to HDD. Because some gamers spend (most of their budget) on cpu/gpu for best performance and a faster 500gb SSD is reasonable cost while a HDD is cheapest for storage of games they are not active with. Lot of gamers here building their own PCs.

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  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks a lot for the information!

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