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Old 04. Aug 2014, 03:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Is it better to install Portable Apps on USB than SSD?

Just curious...

Would it be better to install Portable Apps on a USB device rather than on a SSD drive (such as my case).

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I don't know much about SSD but I'd say it depends on what your needs are re; portable software.

My preference is to have as few installed programs as I can possibly get away with, so I have a directory on a separate partition to C:\ to run all my portables from.

Aside from that I have a smaller collection of portable software that I keep on a flash drive ... stuff which is useful for trouble-shooting and problem solving, rescuing O/Ss and so on.

Performance-wise, I can't say I've noticed much difference between running software from USB or from my HDD but I've never had SSD so I don't know how much difference that would make.
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Ya, well the thing about SSD is you want to write to disk least often.
So i heard.
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1. My preference is to have as few installed programs as I can possibly get away with...

2. Performance-wise, I can't say I've noticed much difference between running software from USB or from my HDD but I've never had SSD so I don't know how much difference that would make.
1. I agree. Ever since I discovered portable software I go portable as much as possible.

2. Performance-wise, I think the difference between external and internal media would be the amount of time it takes to start a program. I don't even think the difference will be that much noticeable unless you have extremely slow external media.
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Ya, well the thing about SSD is you want to write to disk least often.
So i heard.
I don't have an SSD either but I think what you are referring to really relates to extreme activity, e.g. defragging. IMHO, running portable apps from your SSD should be considered normal activity. For that matter, I don't see the amount of "wear and tear" being any different from running installed apps from the same SSD.
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Old 04. Aug 2014, 09:44 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Ya, well the thing about SSD is you want to write to disk least often.
So i heard.
Modern SSD last far longer than you'd think. Even if you have an older model, the amount of write from a portable app is minimal unless it writes a lot of data. Do note that flash drives have a limited lifespan as well.
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