Windows 10: Dual Storage Gaming Laptops HDD+SSD Optimal Settings

  1.    28 Sep 2017 #1

    Dual Storage Gaming Laptops HDD+SSD Optimal Settings


    So I just got myself a Lenovo Legion gaming laptop , I am costumed to Lenovo adopting Hybrid HDDs where there is an on board SSD that automatically stores a copy of fast accessed files so to deliver them fast enough . This was sort of Brainless , however in this new setups they gave out a pure 1 TB HDD and a 256 GB SSD replacing the good old optical drive .

    Now researching the internet its posted all over that SSDrives have limited write cycles and are not advised to keep files that are constantly rewritten which would ruin the device fast enough (Windows come to mind...) . So my question is , what is more optimal , to use the SSD disk to hold the windows installation for faster performance or should i keep it for games and graphical intensive programs that usually load up huge amount of data in memory for faster loading / less lag or there are better setup yet ?
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  2.    28 Sep 2017 #2

    Use it as the primary and the HDD as a storage drive. Most of, if not all SSD have a shelf life of 1 to 1.5 million hours or longer. Known as MTFB (mean time between failure) and for an example the Samsung 850 Evo has a 2 million MTFB. So there is nothing to worry about.
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  3.    28 Sep 2017 #3

    You need not worry about the write cycles on modern SSDs, the number is so vast that you're more likely to get new hardware before you ever get near their number. What length is the warrantee on the SSD?

    You won't get many games on that 256Gb SSD, I would use the SSD for the OS and the HD for games.
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    Win 10 pro Upgraded from 8.1
       28 Sep 2017 #4

    Not sure what brand SSD you have but most are warranty for 3 to 5 years, my 2.5 SATA Samsung 850 Pro is warranted for 10 years, the EVO's are warranted for 5 years, the newer M.2 PCIe NVME SSD are warranted for 3 years for EVO's and 5 years for PRO's.
    What you have read about SSD was true a few years back not so much any more the technology has improved enough that most new notebooks are coming with them from the factory. They are excellent for notebooks since they have no moving parts. I personally have only SSD's in my notebook, 1 960 Pro 512GB M.2 NVMe for my OS, and a 1 TB 850 Pro SATA, I have been using this SSD for Storage in my old G75VW for several years and have carried it over to my new G752VW. Enjoy your new speed and reliability confindently
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  5.    28 Sep 2017 #5

    Cool knowing that SSDs became so reliable , someone needs to update the internet though . knowing this i might consider replacing the 1 TB HDD to another that is SSD , "Crucial" 1 TB SSD SATA sells so cheap in here and just checked its MTFB (thanks) and its 1,000,000 hours =) woohoo.
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    Windows 10 Pro 1709 16299.19
       28 Sep 2017 #6

    Some additional thoughts for the OP. I am not a gamer (Sofware developer), but my understanding is games like to keep as much data in Real memory vs external storage for performance reasons. With that thought in mind, I would think that more on board memory (32gb +) would be much beneficial than even a large SSD.
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    Win 10 pro Upgraded from 8.1
       28 Sep 2017 #7

    nIGHTmAYOR said: View Post
    Cool knowing that SSDs became so reliable , someone needs to update the internet though . knowing this i might consider replacing the 1 TB HDD to another that is SSD , "Crucial" 1 TB SSD SATA sells so cheap in here and just checked its MTFB (thanks) and its 1,000,000 hours =) woohoo.
    I would check there support forum to see if they are having any issues you need to know about. I only know about Samsung and Intel, Both brand are top of the line with no issues that I know about.
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    W10 Pro + W10 Preview
       28 Sep 2017 #8

    Clintlgm said: View Post
    I would check there support forum to see if they are having any issues you need to know about. I only know about Samsung and Intel, Both brand are top of the line with no issues that I know about.
    Crucial are noted for their reliability....I personally bought one, my first SSD, it must be 10 years ago and its still in use.
    Also have Samsung 850 Pros....difficult to tell the difference performance wise without doing a CrystalDiskMark.
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  9.    28 Sep 2017 #9

    One more thought on trying to upgrade the HDDs on your New notebook.

    Verify that the manufacturer will indeed let you tinker with it Before the warranty expires.

    My new MSI GT73VR Pro has a two year warranty But, MSI has strictly mentioned that if the back is opened Before the
    their warranty time is over, the warranty is void.

    So, with that in mind, make absolutely sure you can change the HDDs without voiding the warranty.
    Would be a shame to find out after you have tinkered with it.

    Also, I have had two Crucial SSDs {flagship} fail on me in the last 4 years.
    Went with a Intel SSD in my workstation {My Computer} and it's still going strong with at least
    10.000 Hrs on it and this is a conservative estimate.


    Flashorn
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