Given that life, speed (and price) decreases with multi-level solid state drives
- SLC (single level)
- MLC (dual level)
- TLC (tri level)
- QLC (quad level)
- PLC (five level)
are there any small SLC SSD drives that might be suited for booting and so could take the stress of memory paging? I am guessing 64-128GB
What I'd do is move the pagefile to a separate drive. Taking your idea: Install Windows to your 2TB HDD and use a small SSD for the pagefile, hibernation file and temp folders. Something like the following from SanDisk is designed for this kind of thing;
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But you don't need that kind of drive and if want to keep things inexpensive you could go with something like the following;
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You really don't need anything larger than 32GB for pagefile and temp folder/file type storage.
Install Windows to the 2TB drive, making sure all other drives are unplugged. This insures Windows doesn't allocate or automatically configure the drives for anything.
After the Windows install completes and you have all drivers installed, you go into the management console and change the small drive letter to something like W: for example. Then you goto system properties and set the pagefile and temp folders to that drive letter.
This is just one school of thought. It's worked for me for over a decade.