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    Posted: 20 Mar 2011 at 11:02am
I am planning on installing Window 7U on a 64gb ssd and on a back up drive so I can switch boot drives if the ssd has any problems. Do I need to add a partition on the 2nd drive before installing the OS. If I do this... will the bios see the partitioned drive as 1 or 2 drives. My guess is one since it will use only 1 port. Also.. any recommendations about the pagefile on the ssd? My plan was to just leave it there as the ssd supports TRIM and it is my belief the write/rewrite issues with SSD's is overblown. The SSD drive will only have windows/security. Another SSD drive will have all other programs and the backup HDD will have back up OS and games and media. I figure this way if the main SSD has issues some time, I can get another and re-install OS without the pain of having to reinstall all my programs. Thoughts???
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nobody knows the answer to this??
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To be frank dual boot works well but investing additionally in ssd might be a better desicion.
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A few things

Your over complicating using a dual boot. Mostly dual boots are used to switch operating systems, not generally as a backup for a single OS.

Two ways I would go at it. First what I do is use one additional drive to "clone" my OS and most used games & programs. Once every couple of months. Then just keep my first drive as the "boot" drive. If something happens it is an easy switch in the BIOS to get back up and deal with re-cloning. Basically your doing the same thing with the way your trying to dual boot, just complicating things.

Consider going with  a RAID array. Look at RAID 1 mirroring or RAID 1+0 (RAID 10). Provides un-monitored redundancy. >>>>>>> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAID 

When you partition a drive it will be seen as multiple drives, but not multiple physical drives. So if the drive fails you still loose all. 

The write re-write tend to be overblown. It is real, but nothing more than a platter drive being able to fail. You in general would need to write something like 190 GB's a day for 10 years to wear one out. Most all have monitoring software you can keep an eye on the status. >>>>>>> https://www.ontrack.com/blog/2018/02/07/how-long-do-ssds-really-last/ 

I would not get a monitor from CP. If you have any issues your paying to return it and waiting a month or so. Get your monitor locally.

You really need to consider 8 GB's of RAM anyway, 16 is more the standard currently.  If your not gaming or multi-tasking 4GB's is the minimum. >>>>>>> https://www.windowscentral.com/how-much-ram-does-your-windows-10-pc-really-need 

Lastly, consider the premium warranty. Without it if you have any problems, even just out of the box. You will have to pay for return shipping to CP to get it fixed. The premium warranty will get you a full year of free shipping for any warranty work. CP used to have the first 30 days as a free RMA. They recently stopped that. Complete bull as far as I am concerned.


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