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Storage SSD partitioning?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by wyx087, 15 Jul 2020.

  1. wyx087

    wyx087 Homeworld 3 is happening!!

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    Considering SSD's are meant to move data all around the drive, can I split SSD into partitions?

    If I partition a single large (eg 2TB) NVMe SSD into 3 partitions: one for OS (200GB), one for saved games (300GB symbolic link of ProgramData and Users folder) and rest as game install partition. Would the first 2 drive receiving constant small write wear out that 1/4 part of the SSD?
     
  2. Gareth Halfacree

    Gareth Halfacree WIIGII! Staff Administrator Super Moderator Moderator

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    Nope, you should be fine. Unless someone can correct me, I believe that wear-levelling doesn't really care about partitioning and the like.
     
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  3. yuusou

    yuusou Well-Known Member

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    SSDs spread out the data themselves using TRIM and have a table of what goes where. You don't need to do any partitioning, or you can, it doesn't matter, TRIM spreads out the data.
     
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  4. Bloody_Pete

    Bloody_Pete Technophile

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    Question, what would be the purpose of multiple partitions?

    Edit: Sorry, thats a really badly phrased question. What benifit does multiple partitions give over one single one?
     
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  5. goldstar0011

    goldstar0011 Well-Known Member

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    I used to do it to keep games off the C drive so that my backup of windows is minimal
     
  6. wyx087

    wyx087 Homeworld 3 is happening!!

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    So if I partition a 2TB SSD with a 200GB partition and write 200TB data into that single partition. Its wear won't be concentrated on a tiny 10% portion of the flash chips.




    I've always had seperate drive/parition for Windows, Data and Games for as long as I can remember. Currently 128GB for Windows, 1TB WD Black for games, 1TB Green for data. That is I can nuke Windows without worrying about loosing data or backing up data.
    When I had new mobo a month or so ago, I only needed to re-configure a few Windows settings, all saved games are exactly where I left. All games I had didn't need re-download or even re-install, worked straight away.

    Now I have this new 2TB NVMe SSD. I'm considering using it as Games drive, replace WD Black. Either get another 1TB NVMe with 2 partitions or carve up the 2TB into 3 partitions.
     
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  7. yuusou

    yuusou Well-Known Member

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    Correct.
     
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