I also configured the page file so that the OS will use my mech hard drive instead of the SSD to reduce wear and tear on it, like so:
IMO that is kind of dumb. You do want the SSD speed to help you if the OS does need to page out to disk. What is this obsession about trying to write as little as possible to the SSD? You bought the drive to use
not be a garage queen.
I actually did not move my entire user profile off from the SSD for the exact same reason: temp and cache files. Those are the ones you do want fast random access.
But of course, go get enough RAM first.
By the way, is there a disadvantage by disabling hibernation (apart from obviously not being able to hibernate)? Can it possibly harm the SSD?
Hibernation is arguably less of an issue, especially if your machine is always on (no sleep/hybrid-sleep) or you shutdown the machine every night yourself. Hibernation is basically a dump of the RAM contents to disk, whether it is triggered by the OS or you. Laptops by default have been configured to hibernate after sleeping for some time (to avoid discharging the battery) so that make sense. With UPS and monitoring, you may want to configure the system to hibernate if power is out for too long. That way you can save the state of the system. Only on hibernate does the file gets written to. So unless you hibernate a few times a day, the amount of writes is not too big of an issue. Did you even read the TR and Anandtech articles? For nominal usages you are looking at 5-10 years before the amount of bytes written would be an issue. You do have to understand the trade off here with speed vs lifetime. Heck, with the quality of mechanical drives these days, you are lucky that it lasts more than 5 years.
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Hibernation sucks. It's nearly as slow as a cold boot, and has stupid quirks. I can't see any benefit, and always disable it.
With an SSD, one would argue the cold boot may be faster sometimes that's why it is less of an issue. I turn it off on my desktop as well. I do have an UPS but I use the desktop so often that I have time to shutdown the system before any extended power outages. On my laptop though, I leave it enabled and I do hibernate it with a dozen of browser tabs and other apps open. It's a lazy way to quickly "leave the office" while preserving state.
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