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folder redirection when using multiple drives

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I am finally switching to Win8 Pro 64-bit and would like your advice on folder redirection.

I have two drives on my system both 6Gbps, but I've never used a SSD before and I understand the number of writes is limited:
480GB SanDisk SSD
2Tb Seagate HDD

My SSD is fairly large and all my files are under 300Gb so I guess I am looking for best practices on what folders from my profile should I redirect to my sata drive while keeping performance up.
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by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
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I redirect my documents / my music / my videos /my pictures /downloads but it greatly depends upon your own file quantities
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Don't worry about the number of writes.  Win8 has native TRIM, which basically means that it does necessary housekeeping that SSDs require to increase longevity and deal with inevitable performance hits with write usage.

Statistically, that HDD will last longer than your mechanical HDD.

So don't worry about anything, especially your perceived requirement for doing redirection in the first place.
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Thanks a lot for you replies guys. I did indeed check earlier "fsutil behavior query disabledeletenotify" and confirmed it using TRIM and it treats it as a SSD.
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by:McKnife
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I would call this a non-issue, because if you are not doing permanent writes/reads (the drive being busy for 10 hours+ a day at full rate), your drive will probably last 10 years without changing anything.
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exactly. I don't know where some people get this notion that SSDs are so fragile and prone to data loss that they have to treat them with so much TLC that users shouldn't even use them unless absolutely necessary.   Not even the first generation SSDs were this bad. (I don't blame the author .. i blame the sources the author went to)
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by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
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Statistically, that HDD will last longer than your mechanical HDD  That has not shown itself in practice.. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ssd-reliability-failure-rate,2923-9.html
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Ve3ofa - that analysis is weighted towards early model SSDs that DID have high failure rates, and low-end consumer products.
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