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I'm looking to build a new gaming computer and will most likely purchase a SSD drive for the OS/games. It will only be for gaming. When considering the parts/software involved, I came up with an interesting concept I am curious about. On a laptop I have purchased from Dell in the past, ~10 GB of HD space is partitioned from the rest and the operating system installation is loaded onto it. I have noticed a huge difference in installing Win 7 from this partition over using a USB thumbdrive, and of course a DVD. So my question revolves around the idea of pre-loading Win 7 on a partition of the SSD. Can this be done to improve the installation speed of Win 7? It may not seem practical, but to me, it's only 10 GB (probably even less considering I can load the Win 7 installation on a 4GB thumb drive). Most likely I will shop around for a SSD, but have it before I have most of the components to the gaming build. The installation could be set up ahead of time and be ready to go when the rest of the build is together. What do you guys think about this?

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I know it isn't really practical as I've stated. The thoughts I've had behind doing this were 1) don't have to worry about finding or re-creating my win7 installation on the thumb drive 2) installation always there in case of a crash 3) faster installation. This was just an idea i was thinking about. I'm not dead-set on doing it yet.

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That does make sense if you re-install regularly. Still i personally would want all of my ssd space for programs. But that's your preference.

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