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Rearranging HDDs and SSD advice?

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Hey guys and gals,

 

After jumping on a Halloween weekend special offer, I purchased some MegaSceneryEarth scenery and I've been bitten by the photoreal bug!

 

With that being said, these suckers sure use up a TON of storage space, so I need to layout my storage subsystem more efficiently for more photoreal MSE sceneries in the near future.

 

Below is how I currently have my storage drives setup...

 

Samsung 830 SSD 256GB SATA III partitioned into 2 as listed below:

 

Boot/OS Drive C:\ (100GB partition)

FS Drive E:\ (156GB partition)

 

 

WD Velociraptor 10K RPM 150GB SATA II single partition as listed below:

 

Storage Drive D:\ (150GB partition)

 

 

WD 7,200 RPM 320GB SATA II single partition as listed below:

 

Storage Drive F:\ (320GB partition)

 

 

WD 7,200 RPM 320GB SATA II single partition as listed below:

 

Storage Drive G:\ (320GB partition)

 

 

 

Now, I was thinking of formatting my PC and doing the following...

 

 

WD Velociraptor 10K RPM 150GB SATA II single partition as listed below:

 

Boot/OS Drive C:\ (150GB partition)

 

 

Samsung 830 SSD 256GB SATA III single partition as listed below:

 

FS Drive D:\ (256GB partition)

 

 

WD 7,200 RPM 320GB SATA II single partition as listed below:

 

Storage Drive E:\ (320GB partition)

 

 

WD 7,200 RPM 320GB SATA II single partition as listed below:

 

Storage Drive F:\ (320GB partition)

 

 

With this setup, I plan on storing all MSE sceneries on the FS drive and take advantage of the faster SSD speeds and using the 7,200RPM drives for all my storage (FS and non-FS).

 

Should I store the MSE files on the FS SSD drive or will the 7,200 RPM drives be fast enough for pumping out the MSE scenery to P3D?

 

Any ideas/suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

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Efrain, I run a fair amount of MSE and MSX scenery for the SW US (where I think it's amazing) and for the Midwest (where it ranges from good to OK).  Mine are currently divided between 500GB and 1TB Western Digital Black 7200 RPM drives and I've never seen an issue with it on the 7200 RPM drives.  My main system and apps drive is a 10K V'raptor, and I'd love to move that and FSX to an SSD (or SSDs), but have decided to wait until I build my next machine.  But when I do, the 7200 drives will still hold the photo stuff.

 

So there's one guy's opinion for what it's worth.

 

Scott

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Hi Scott,

 

Sounds good... I guess I will install Windows 7 on the 10K RPM Raptor, P3D/Addons on the SSD and all MSE/backups on the 7,200 RPM drives.

 

I wish I had a second SSD, so I could run the OS off of it and not have to worry about defragmentation.

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