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SSD instead of RAM?


In many of my articles, I mentioned SSDs (Solid-State Drive). This device has many positive aspects, but it could not do without minuses. After moving from a magnetic hard disk to an HDD that does not have moving parts, your computer will gain a new life. You will immediately notice a several-fold increase in productivity. For example, the system will boot almost instantly, the same with applications. Many graphics programs and heavy games will open faster than it was with the HDD.

With the correct use of SSD-drives you will feel the increase in computer speed several times, let's squeeze the most out of this device.

Using SSD as a system drive

To use SSD effectively, you need to consider that it can be installed as a system drive, in other words, it will have Windows, or another OS. Since the system often accesses the disk on which it is installed, when using the SSD, the access time will decrease by several times.

Although solid state drives are very fast devices, they are limited in volume. The price per gigabyte is very high, you can see for yourself if you go to any store that sells SSDs. Many users cannot even afford the 250 GB version.

Another drawback is the reduction in disk performance due to full capacity. Such a technology. Therefore, I advise you to leave at least 30% or 40% of the total volume.

Even if you do not fill the disk with some files yourself, the system itself can do this without your knowledge. For example, when downloading files from the Internet, they are saved in the “Downloads” folder located on the system drive. If you do not follow this, sooner or later the disk will be full.

As a recommendation, I suggest installing on the SSD only the operating system and several important programs, everything else can be stored on a regular hard drive. This solution is the most optimal, due to the low volume of the SSD, in any case, you will not be able to store large files. Suppose you have another 500 GB or more hard drive.

In the case of a laptop, there is an option to replace the internal hard drive with an SSD. If you have a drive, you can install an additional hard drive instead. If the drive is missing, then of course you can replace the existing HDD with a faster but less voluminous SSD, although you will have to use external hard drives or flash drives as an additional drive for storing data. This method has the disadvantage that you can forget the external drive somewhere at any time.

Software transfer

We figured out all the nuances of storing data on an SSD. We proceed to transfer programs to another disk. And here the question arises, but how to do this? If we move some programs from one drive to another, then they will stop working correctly. With some software, you can, of course, do this, but there are too many exceptions.

I want to say that Windows nevertheless allows you to transfer programs without consequences, for this there are "symbolic signs" that are created to indicate to Windows where the installed program is actually located. For example, you have a program or game installed on C: ProrgammFiles. We take this software from there and transfer it to an SSD with the same name, then the path will look like this: H: ProrgammFiles. Now we run the command line and use the mklink command. You must enter the following:

mklink / d C: ProrgammFiles H: ProrgammFiles

Now it turns out that the program is located on drive C, but the system will think that it is on drive H.

Moving system folders

There are so-called libraries in which files of one type or another are stored, for example, the folders “Music”, “Video”, “Downloads”, “Documents”. These folders are system folders, but their location can be easily changed.

Usually the folders are located on the path C: Users Username. Here we find these folders, click on each right mouse button and go to "Properties"go to the tab "Location". Click on the button "Move" and select the desired drive.

Trash cleaning on SSD

We figured out transferring files to a new drive. I want to note that over time, the disk will fill up more and more, and you are unlikely to do anything about it. As an example, you can cite various temporary browser files - cache, driver files from a video card, for example, Nvidia, because they are stored in the Nvidia folder, which is located on the system drive.

As a cleaner of all garbage and temporary files, the CCleaner program is well suited. Outdated registry entries, empty folders, and remnants of deleted programs will be destroyed using this utility.

Last moments

To reduce disk wear, you can limit some software to use the disk, or specify another as a buffer.

There is an opinion that defragmentation for SSD is not needed, it is, it should not be carried out in any case, as this will shorten the life of the disk. This operation simply involves multiple read / write cycles, which is very dangerous.

I think this is where I will end this article. Now you know how to use SSD correctly, how to transfer files from one disk to another, and also how to increase the disk's lifetime.

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