Configure Computer with both HDD and SSD?

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I am getting a new (well, refurb, actually) shack computer and wonder if any of you IT guys have advice of how to configure it. In addition to a 1TB HDD, it has a 128GB SSD. I understand that SSDs are typically faster than HDDs and I assume that if I cleverly assign high-disk-usage tasks to that SSD, SmartSDR might run better/faster/etc. I don't have a clue about how to configure anything other than the standard program install/run. Ideas?


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Jerry

You could just install the OS onto the SSD, as if the SSD was your C:\ drive then install SSDR to it's default locations, your PC will boot up faster and anything on the C:\ drive will load faster. I use my TB drive for other partitions and storage.

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Jerry pretty much  said how I prefer to setup systems.

Typically When I build systems for clients that are windows based I recommend SSD Drives as the boot and application/software drive,  I then setup there software applications that use file storage to use a second SSD drive or standard hard drive. So when they use example office applications the  actually application is on the SSD drive the Boot device, and when they save a file I setup a directory on the second drive for that file storage. This usually works well, as it keeps the boot device less cluttered. When I also setup imaging of the system in case something were to go wrong I set it up to image both the boot and the data/storage drive, so that nothing is lost and restores are simple. 
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Jerry

I do the same as N8SDR. Spinning drives get used for storage mostly, or when I run out of space on C:\, on the SSD, some day I'll buy a bigger SSD, but so far no need for a bigger than 1 TB spinning drive.

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You can relocate your account folders (Documents, download, pictures) from the default location on the c drive (usually c:\Users\youraccount\) and this makes utilization of the HDD for your less volatile data easier and seamless. Here is a good link on how to do it!
https://www.pcworld.com/article/2079571/move-your-libraries-to-a-second-drive-or-partition.html
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Thanks for the help, guys. The computer (HP 6200, 3.2GHz i5, 8GB mem) arrived yesterday. Fortunately the SSD is already set to be C: and I have about 100GB of free space on it, so it should be good for all the ham programs I run. 

So it looks like I can simply do a normal install of my app programs and if/when I have to specify a drive for storage I can specify D: - right? Do I need to set up any folders on D:? It has nothing now - no folders, etc. 

On setting up a recovery scheme, N8SDR said "When I also setup imaging of the system in case something were to go wrong I set it up to image both the boot and the data/storage drive, so that nothing is lost and restores are simple." How can I do this - should I partition the HDD into D: and E: and use E: for backup copies of C: and D:? What free software tool can you recommend to do the imaging and maintenance?

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I suggest this:

https://www.veeam.com/windows-endpoint-server-backup-free.html

Easy to use and free.

Edit: Best practice would be to use an external drive for the backups.
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Jerry I suggest Macrium Reflect- https://www.macrium.com/reflectfree

 The free home user version will suite you just fine. If you ever need the full version look me up as I'm a re-seller of their products and use them often for server based images and NAS solutions. 

As far as free tools for maintenance- my personal and from a IT/ Business owner is None, many of these free software maintenance tools or loaded with Malware and other issues, CCleaner can be good to a point, for cleaning cache files in browsers however the other items such a registry repair tools and such can lead you to many issues. There are other options though not free for maintenance and updates etc. such as RMM services.  
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Jerry, in reference to your comment that you had 100GB free on your ssd so you are in good shape. SSDs behave differently than traditional hard drives in regards to free space. I honestly do not let my SSDs get to 75% full because of the need for SSDs to periodically move its free space to avoid shortening the life span of the drive (its the TRIM process you might have read about). When a SSD gets to 90% full, you can witness that its speed will start to really slow down.

Honestly, keep everything you can on the hard drive (even seldom used programs). I would not recommend less than a 250GB SSD as  the system drive and feel more comfortable with 500GB. I see they are now around $120 so thats not too big an investment.
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The reason I have the128 GB SSD is that it came with it. A larger SSD would have been nice but would have kicked up my investment considerably.  I will have to learn to live with it as is. These HP refurbs are only $212 presently on Amazon. Hard to justify $120 more.

Thanks, guys.

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