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    Smallest SSD size you could realistically use as boot drive

    What's the smallest SSD size you could get away with, using it only as a boot drive where Windows is installed?

    For my next build, thinking 64 or 80GB SSD to install Windows and then use a few 1TB drives for my storage (games, documents, apps - planning on putting everything there). I know Win7 only needs 20GB of space, problem is, as many of you know, sometimes applications like to dump crap on the C: drive, especially in the My Documents folder. Games in particular like to drop save games in there even when you've installed the game to another drive.

    So what's the smallest you could get away, realistically, without clearing out junk every week?

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    Re: Smallest SSD size you could realistically use as boot drive

    just sbout manage with my 60gb

    will get a 120 though one day
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    Re: Smallest SSD size you could realistically use as boot drive

    I have no problem with my 64gb ssd, got about 18gb free and thats with 2-3 games installed on it.

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    Re: Smallest SSD size you could realistically use as boot drive

    60 to 64GB is the smallest I would bother with.
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    Re: Smallest SSD size you could realistically use as boot drive

    Ive just ordered a 120GB Vertex 3. They should be released in a week or so... I wouldn't want anything smaller really.

    If you've no room for your must have programs there's not much point in having one?

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    Re: Smallest SSD size you could realistically use as boot drive

    I have a 40G Corsair that I use for a backup OS drive (in case my raid fails)

    the 40G is enough for the OS and then some but you better be ready to do some file management with a storage disk if you go that small.
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    Re: Smallest SSD size you could realistically use as boot drive

    I personally would not go with anything smaller then 80GB. My last 2 have been 120GB and 128GB.

    Be sure and look at the specifications before you buy as some of the smaller drives have lower performance then the bigger drives. That is one of the reasons I went with the larger drives. The larger drive also give your system more space to level out the data being written to the drive and increase the life span. I moved the My Documents Folder to by HDD.

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    Re: Smallest SSD size you could realistically use as boot drive

    I would recommend a 60GB to be comfortable.

    I have a 120GB and found it to be overkill for me.

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    Re: Smallest SSD size you could realistically use as boot drive

    Games nowadays are getting bigger and bigger. I think the most i saw was 20 gigz with ALiens Vs Predator. Id say at least 120 gb will suit your needs

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    Re: Smallest SSD size you could realistically use as boot drive

    Thinking about just getting a 120GB. Prices aren't as bad as I thought. Even for the Crucial ones I had my eye on.

    Anyway, I plan to have a few 1TB HDDs for storing most of my files and crap. I just want an SSD for the Windows installation and maybe a few big applications (Photoshop, web browser, maybe one game - not all games).

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    Re: Smallest SSD size you could realistically use as boot drive

    Quote Originally Posted by Keven View Post
    Thinking about just getting a 120GB. Prices aren't as bad as I thought. Even for the Crucial ones I had my eye on.

    Anyway, I plan to have a few 1TB HDDs for storing most of my files and crap. I just want an SSD for the Windows installation and maybe a few big applications (Photoshop, web browser, maybe one game - not all games).
    I install all my applications on the SSD. That way you get the benefit of the SSD for application loading. With a 120GB you should be able to load most if not all of your apps without a problem. There are several guides around for optimizing the SSD, just search for "optimize SSD" and read away.

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    Re: Smallest SSD size you could realistically use as boot drive

    WHat I did was to start with one 64G, and then when I over grew it I got another of the same flavor and raid0'd it for even better speeds...

    IT's a way o dip your toe in the water without sinking too deep...

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