The knock on SSDs has been the high cost per GB compared to platter drives. But SSDs have come down considerably in price. And for users who might not need the space of a platter drive, I wonder now if SSDs are more of a valid option to replace some if not all platter drives? I have a couple of Samsung 830 256gb SSDs I picked up for $155 each. I also have a Samsung 830 128gb SSD - got it for $70.
I already swapped one of the 256gb SSDs into my video editing rig - it replaces the 325gb platter boot/app drive. I am liking how it makes the PC feel snappier. The other 256gb and 128gb SSDs were intended for installation in my other PCs. But now I am wondering - maybe I should use one or both in some configuration in my video editing rig? For example, what about this?:
A) Keep the already installed 256gb SSD to hold the OS, applications, but also have it hold the Windows swap file along with the Adobe/After Effects scratch/working files. I cut down the size of Win 7 to around 11gb. And even with Adobe CS5 and some other apps installed, the SSD still has approx 180gb of free space left. An SSD is not like a platter drive in terms of access, so why not take advantage of the 180gb unused space and speed of the SSD for swap/scratch files? Wouldn't that be faster than a single platter drive?
B) Then install the other 256gb SSD to hold the media I am working on. I am not a professional who has huge amounts of media/footage files. So I think a 256gb SSD is fine to hold the footage that is being used for editing. Later I would archive footage off of the SSD anyway - after completing a project. So, I could take advantage of the fast read of the media/footage files when they are needed for editing/effects work, which again would be faster than a single platter drive that is having to seek for source footage during the editing/effects work. And the swap/scratch files would be on the non-footage drive, and so would not reduce speed when reading of footage is required at the same time as writing to page/scratch files.
Would not the above setup provide for a fast and snappy editing/effects work experience compared to non-raid platter drives? If the size is sufficient for my use, does it really matter if I could have 1TB of additional space with a platter drive - if I would never use that extra space? (Keep in mind additional platter drives and raid is not a free lunch either - there is cost involved compared to single platter drives.)
The one area I am not so concerned about is render speed. As a non-professional, I am fine if rendering takes some extra time, and I can go get a coffee or work on something else while waiting, compared to a professional who is on a deadline. So I might use one of my 500gb or 1TB platter drives to hold any rendered output.
Am I way off base with my proposed two 256gb SSD Premiere/After Effects setup? Would including that additional 3rd 128gb SSD in the mix provide any advantage, in terms of shuffling where I would place the OS/apps/swap/scratch files? Or perhaps there is some space issue I am not aware of that would necessitate use of larger platter drives? Thanks for any ideas.