Posted 25 April 2014 - 02:26 PM
Unless you plan to use the two partitions at the same time under heavy load (such as transferring video files to an from BOTH partitions to another drive) I don;t see much of a hit if any with a partition. As for the need to partition the "extra" drive...I don't see the need at all, I understand keeping the OS separate even if the Windows registry makes it a pain to redo the OS and attempt to keep the programs intact it can be done with some things.
Another thing to keep in mind with games is some are highly optimized and work just as fast off a HDD as an SSD. For example, Battlefield Bad Company 2 was in it's later days and Battlefield 3 had just launched around the time I got my first SSD (the SSD came a bit before BF3 actually). Bad Company 2 loads maps VERY quickly on an SSD or Hard drive with it being VERY hard to tell the difference. Battlefiled 3 and now 4 on the other hand show HUGE improvements using a SSD vs mechanical drive (with the odd exception of BF4's second assault map pack loading nearly as fast on a buddy of mine's old 500GB HDD as my SSDs where as I've already killed 2 people before he loads in normally) In other words you might not be getting as huge of a boost off moving some programs to Solid State storage as you expect so keep that in mind when considering the price of the upgrade unless budget just isn't as issue for you.
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