Hi folks, I'm going to reinstall my tower PC with Windows7 (Pro 64bit) and have decided to splurge and get an OCZ Vertex 2E SSD as a boot drive, (with apps and data on a Seagate Barracuda HDD).
What I'm looking for is any advice (links welcome) to advice on how to best do that. I think I've got enough information like enabling AHCI and disabling all those "helpful" things on Win7 that are designed for HDDs, so it's layout and tips I think I'm looking for ...
I'll need to move the default location for the Users home directories (because I definitely don't want those on scarce SSD space). Any tip as to how to do this - best to install a small "admin" user on the SSD to start with and then regedit the default location for the real users before setting them up, or use some install switch/process to make sure no user has a homedir on the SSD? With my XP system I relocated all users after they were defined, but before the many MB of their data got recovered.
App locations are the other bugbear - again I definitely don't want games etc to go to the SSD, but are the system utility progs (like McAfee AV in my case) okay to go on there? Is it worth doing the reg hack to move the default location, or just relocate the ones that will relocate? With my current WinXP system it's the latter method I use (because it's the safest and most straightforward) and my 16GB C: got nearly used up because some apps don't allow the redirect, and others put the main payload where I said, and other stuff in C: There seems to be some discussion whether changing the default may break other stuff in Win7.
Lastly, I was planning to image the SSD at regular intervals (using Paragon Drive Backup) to another HDD - in case the SSD fails. Any reason why I shouldn't do this (figure that the SSD is small and very fast, so the imaging operation shouldn't take an uncomfortably long time)?
Sorry if this sounds like the words of a lazy n00b - I'm quite happy to do the research, but there seems to be a lot of conflicting advice out there.