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post #31 of 40
Got it.

Thanks!
post #32 of 40
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Originally Posted by jeffkro View Post

Basically you want to keep all your data on your spinny drive and all of your programs on the SSD.

One exception: put cover art, movie posters, and other metadata on the SSD. You'll want your UI to load and render these as instantly as possible.
post #33 of 40
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Originally Posted by EricN View Post

One exception: put cover art, movie posters, and other metadata on the SSD. You'll want your UI to load and render these as instantly as possible.

I'm thinking of going with MB3 or XBMC.

How can I specify that the cover art/posters/other metadata go to the SSD? Is there an option of that under settings? Where would I find that in MB3 and XBMC?

Thanks in advance
post #34 of 40
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Originally Posted by manuetdeo View Post

as the question implies, what are the benefits for the average htpc user? a lot of the info i see seems to be more aimed at a extreme user/gamer than your run of the mill setups. can you guys point me at some good charts/review that would help me decide. it appears that in the case GINMF or im not asking right.

There's a lot of discussion up there ^^^

The answer to the question that is the title of this thread is, "YES".
post #35 of 40
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Originally Posted by slateef View Post

I'm thinking of going with MB3 or XBMC.

How can I specify that the cover art/posters/other metadata go to the SSD? Is there an option of that under settings? Where would I find that in MB3 and XBMC?

Thanks in advance

The easy way is to install your OS to the SSD and also install all your programs to SSD. When you install something like XBMC or mediabrowser you install it to your SSD- so when you go to launch or open it- it opens and performs much better. You do not need to put all your album art on your SSD.

I keep everything inside the movies folders located on my media server- and it feeds over LAN. I don't put anything on my SSD other than the actual programs and I only have SSD in my HTPC. It works very well this way. It's easy to set up too.. you don't have to do anything special.

The only important thing is before you install your OS to your SSD you must make sure your BIOS in in ACHI mode for your SATA controller and ports.

I am not sure what he meant by that comment. Most modern front ends are not switching to a two piece software combo like PLEX or MEDIABROWSER3 - in which case the "server" program runs on your media server and collects the album art from your movie folders and the client installs on the SSD on your HTPC.
post #36 of 40
This is asked every week, and there is only one answer:
YES

I can't imagine a computer without a SSD (well I can when I had to boot an old work laptop the other day) they are now cheap. If you haven't used one, it is like going from a 386 to a pentium pro.
post #37 of 40
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Originally Posted by lespurgeon View Post

This is asked every week, and there is only one answer:
YES

I can't imagine a computer without a SSD (well I can when I had to boot an old work laptop the other day) they are now cheap. If you haven't used one, it is like going from a 386 to a pentium pro.

ummm would that be a 386 sx or dx?
post #38 of 40
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ummm would that be a 386 sx or dx?

With or Without the "Turbo" button depressed?
post #39 of 40
My experience- SSD upgrade was 10x better than upgrading from dual core to quad core for speed of htpc booting and speed of WMC menu/guide navigation especially on extenders.
post #40 of 40
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With or Without the "Turbo" button depressed?

23 to 26Mhz!
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