windows 10 info please

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Hi all. I am planning to purchase a new desktop computer for Photoshop CC 2018, as my current win7 system is getting a little old in the tooth (not able to effectively run some extension panels, but otherwise stable. The new system will be much more powerful. I have two questions though: I need to choose between 2 SSD drives...250GB drive for the OS and programs and a 480GB SSD drive for storage, or a 250GB drive for OS and programs and a conventional 2TB hard disk for storage. The company building the computer suggests the second option, stating that loss of data is easier to recover on a HDD than a SSD (I back up regularly however). My second question relates to windows 10. I've read many comments online that the latest win 10 update has caused many people's Photoshop CC 2018 to stop working and that the 1709 version is stable. I'd appreciate some feedback to both questions. Thank you all.  Paul
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There was an issue with RAM in Photoshop after the April's Windows 10 Creators Update (v 1803) but Photoshop was quick to apply a fix. The latest Photoshop CC June 2018 v 19.1.5 release fixed the issue.

For me, when I had my PC built, I used an SSD drive for OS and programs and the conventional hard disk for storage which happens to be a 3TB. (I do a lot of artwork so needed a larger hard disk for storage).

I back up to an external HD

Rosa
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Hi Rosa. Thank you for the reply and info...much appreciated.:)
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You're welcome Paul. :)
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My approach is similar, a large 1TB ssd for programs and 2 2TB HDD's...one for data storage and second is a backup drive in which I copy HDD data and data info stored on ssd (but not programs or OS)...think of "user" data on ssd that may be helpful to backup. I use a small program called Second Copy to auto backup data to backup drive. And then top be safe I backup the backup drive (approx. 1/4trly or semi annually depending on work load) to a portable 6TB HDD stored elsewhere.
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Thank you Doug...some good advice there.
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Paul,

I have a 500 GB SSD and a couple TeraB HDD drives. I put my photos on one of the TeraB drives. I also put my Elements catalog(s) on the HDD. When I have had to rebuild the OS drive due to corruption or new OS, the photos are not affected. Also, I have many photos using the SSD for primary photo storage means that some day there will not be enough space on the SSD. I periodically backup data drive(s) to an external hard drive. 

I have found that using the SSD for the OS and high usage programs give very good performance. I like keeping data (photos, videos, documents, etc.) on other drives. Windows 10 makes it easy to change the location of the named folders such as Documents, Photos, Video, Desktop, to another drive. On Quick Access (File Explorer, left side) right click on a named folder. Then click Properties and the Location tab. You will see an option to Move the named folder to another drive. Windows 7 may have this feature also. NOTE: you must right click on the folder in the Quick Access pane. You will not see the location tab otherwise.

Steve
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Hi Steve...thanks for the info, much appreciated.
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I like to have my photos on SSD for fastest possible read/write speeds.

I have a 250GB SSD for the OS and a 1TB SSD for only photography and then a NAS for everything else (music, documents, videos etc.) and backups.

The cumputer backs up to the NAS every day, and the NAS backs up to my cloud backup overnight  to protect against loss through theft/fire/flood.

If you have a proper back-up solution, you can disregard the 'loss of data is easier to recover on a HDD than a SSD' statement. Also, with no moving parts, SSDs are less prone to failures than mechanical drives now early issues have long since been resolved.

If the 1TB SSD becomes full I'll consider purchasing another, or I'll (more likely) just move some of the old folders to the NAS from within Lightroom.

Just an alternative view on using an SSD for photographs.