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Old August 23, 2009, 10:54 AM
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Some people are probably aware by now that I have been having Pretty bad luck. Anyways now that my HDD is dead (bad Seagate 7200.11) I am looking for new HDD's and maybe a SSD.

If I go SSD for the OS, (Vista/7), how big of one do I need? Also, is this where all the windows updates get put?

Also, I am wanting to HDD's for my gates, data etc. What two would be the best? (no raptors)
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Old August 23, 2009, 11:28 AM
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You can get away w/ a 30GB as an OS drive but you won't be able to install nearly any games on it. W/ updates Vista gets pretty large. 20GB after a few months isn't uncommon to do the WinXS folder bloating. Win7 is smaller at the moment (well since there are no updates), generally around 12-15GB for the Windows folder.

As for HDDs, go w/ either the Seagate 7200.12's or WD6400AALS Blacks. Either will be great storage drives.
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Agreed with lowfat.. I would suggest 1 OS = 30/36GB (both sizes are available from different manufacturers). 2 OSs = 60/64GB.

But instead of picking a drive, go with an SSD instead, now you could use RAID for your data and stuff, but RAID 0 is risky.. unless you're going for RAID 1 (mirror).. or go with a 1TB drive..
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Old August 23, 2009, 07:53 PM
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Would I be better off getting the SSD for my OS and all related files, and just an idiviudal HDD for everything else?
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yes, Your os and apps on an ssd and a mechanical for storage.
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Old August 24, 2009, 09:12 AM
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You can get away w/ a 30GB as an OS drive but you won't be able to install nearly any games on it. W/ updates Vista gets pretty large. 20GB after a few months isn't uncommon to do the WinXS folder bloating. Win7 is smaller at the moment (well since there are no updates), generally around 12-15GB for the Windows folder.

As for HDDs, go w/ either the Seagate 7200.12's or WD6400AALS Blacks. Either will be great storage drives.
So is 30gb to small for Vista/7? I mean, how much space is left on a 30gb after formatting? And than there are updates
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Old August 24, 2009, 09:36 AM
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I like to stay away from SSD. Technology is still new, performance degrades after a while, and the bang for buck factor just isn't there for me.

30GB is a tad small for Windows Vista and Windows 7, so you might wanna step up to a 60GB SSD. 30GB is enough though if you plan to instal only the OS on the SSD, and everything else on the other hard drives.
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...30GB is enough though if you plan to instal only the OS on the SSD, and everything else on the other hard drives.
That's all I planned. I don't know - 30gb seems small for an OS, is it not?
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Well I got my 60GB Vertex this morning, VLited Windows 7 down to around 4GB Installed...works pretty well provided you follow the advice given out via google for slimming it down, however it's also fairly easy to bust up the installer as I learned the hard way more than once

I can easily see myself getting a 2nd 60GB so I can raid 0 them for some speed but the additional storage space, it just wasn't in the budget ATM to get 120GB drive.
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I want to get two 30gb vertex's and put them in RAID 0 - like I said, only the OS will really be going on there, and maybe little things. But like people said - RAID 0 is twice as likley to go down.
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