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    is there any benefit to having the users folder on a separate drive?

    My current build has the users folders moved to a separate drive (Y: ) from the boot drive due to the small SSD I could afford at the time (via a registry hack as described here: http://www.maximumpc.com/article/how...ia_storage_ssd). The documents, pics, vids, downloads, music folders are all kept on a separate drive still (Z: ) using the "move location" option in the folder properties.

    Now I've bought a larger SSD I was wondering whether there is any reason to try and keep the user files on Y: remote. Presumably I'd get much more response from having them on the fast SSD C: than by offloading them onto the HDD. I would still keep the stuff on z: sitting over there to stop the HDD filling up with saved files. I'm talking about the stuff windows is (Apparently) using when it loads/runs programs' user settings etc.

    Given the number of times I clear out the cache files, cookies etc (on browser close), would this adversely affect the SSD in terms of wear by having the temp internet and cookie/history folders on the SSD?

    I Can't think of anything else in user files that I'd worry about having on C: versus a separate Y: drive. The Favourites folder maybe I could move to Z: for ease of back-up. And using mkdsk I could do a folder clone of desktop onto Z again for ease of back-up (or rather recovery if the SSD freezes up, as some folk report it might)

    Anything else I should consider doing - want to get this thing rebuilt soon and see how fast this new SSD really is. (once I've nailed the radio intereference mentioned in another thread that is).

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    Re: is there any benefit to having the users folder on a separate drive?

    Absolutely nothing to worry about if you've got the space for them on the SSD - cache wipes etc. are small fry and nothing like enough load to decrease the lifespan of the drive - same thing applies to swap/pagefile - they are ideally suited to SSDs and shouldn't be put elsewhere. Also no specific need to move folders to different drives for back-up reasons - just select that folder as part of a selective back-up.

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    Re: is there any benefit to having the users folder on a separate drive?

    Might make it easier to reinstall the OS (if you have issues) with user configs separted from core OS but you could do that with a separate partition (e.g. your X: or Y: ) rather than a separate physical drive (unless you realy fear drive failure). Swap I would defo put on the SSD as it's what you'd want shortest read/write times on.

    I use Linux so slightly different but the same broad principle applies and I have separate partitions for Swap, Root (OS & programs) and Home (user files and configs).

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    Re: is there any benefit to having the users folder on a separate drive?

    If you can, I'd stick everything on the SSD. Nothing to lose.

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