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Tech: Installing 2 SSD Drives to Laptop ?

punkfolkrocker 13 Nov 17 - 11:56 AM
Vashta Nerada 13 Nov 17 - 02:08 PM
Reinhard 13 Nov 17 - 02:57 PM
robomatic 13 Nov 17 - 03:09 PM
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Subject: Tech: Installing 2 SSD Drives to Laptop ?
From: punkfolkrocker
Date: 13 Nov 17 - 11:56 AM

I've got a 5 or 6 year old i5 laptop which I plan to upgrade for audio DAW use.

I reckon if I remove the DVD I should be able to fit a 2nd SSD Drive.
Fingers crossed it will be a fairly easy install.

Over the last couple years of Black Friday sales I've acquired brand new Sandisk 480 GB Ultra 11
and a Sandisk 480 GB Extreme Pro.

The Question is...

Which should be the C system drive for optimum performane,
and which should be the storage drive for audio files and samples...???

Common sense would say use the fastest for C Drive,
but on the other hand I'd need fast real time access from storage drive for audio files and samples used in DAW tracks...????

advice appreciated..

cheers...


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Subject: RE: Tech: Installing 2 SSD Drives to Laptop ?
From: Vashta Nerada
Date: 13 Nov 17 - 02:08 PM

I use my SSD (on my desktop) for my operating system and programs, and I bought one large enough to leave room for adding more programs. All of my data are on the traditional moving HDs. Given the cost coming down on SSDs, I can see the temptation to use them for data, but I'd look into the prospects of disk cleanup - you're not supposed to defragment SSDs. At least, last time I checked on it, you weren't supposed to. So what will happen to a drive with data moving around on it a lot?


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Subject: RE: Tech: Installing 2 SSD Drives to Laptop ?
From: Reinhard
Date: 13 Nov 17 - 02:57 PM

Defragmenting of harddisks used to be important as is sorted the data blocks of a file so that they were adjacent or near to each other to minimise disk platter and read/write head movements which cost time.

On SSDs you have no mechanical parts so this isn't needed.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Installing 2 SSD Drives to Laptop ?
From: robomatic
Date: 13 Nov 17 - 03:09 PM

Do a little research on long term use of SSDs. I believe they may have a limited amount of reads and writes (although, obviously, since they are already used on many new laptops this is either a large number or they have overcome previous limitations, but CHECK).

I think whatever allows you to use the laptop at greater speeds should be your C Drive. Audio and Video files will not gain much by higher random access as they do not require much random access (they are large typically contiguous files).


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