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Windows 7: relocating appdata folder onto its own SSD drive

08 Aug 2012   #1

windows 7 Pro 64 bit
relocating appdata folder onto its own SSD drive


I am a first time poster here, and have been looking around here yet cant seem to find the exact answer I am looking for. Sorry If I have missed something and this has been answered already....

Doing a fresh install on everything...

I currently have a 128gb Runcore Pro-V ssd, a 2TB RAID 0 array, and a 64gb SSD caching drive(32gb usable)....

I already have the document procedure to relocate the ENTIRE user account to the separate RAID/Storage array. However, I am interested in leaving the entire appdata/local/roaming folder on the caching SSD alone.


Well, as ive learned about user accounts, and SSDs with time, from relocating the entire user account, to leaving it all on the SSD, and just re-mapping the basic folders: docs, music, vids, event viewer, etc....

Ive noticed that now (currently how i have my system setup) that since ive moved the entire user account on the RAID side. There has been a minor slow down in performance, nothing huge, but its noticeable. - Yes I am a power user like this, and when you know something is capable one way, its hard to take a step back in performance.

Which leads me here, after alot of searches, and tinkering- I felt I should just finally ask...

Id like to have it setup as previously Stated,

-Runcore SSD will hold the OS and the couple major programs I use.
-Storage array will hold all the basic user account folders and project folders.
-Caching SSD containing ONLY the appdata/local/roaming folders (since these files are tiny, I felt a caching ssd would be a better choice due to how their f/w is written.)

I have already attempted the simple way by doing a fresh install, Running the OOBE mode, and modifying the relocate file to the the caching drive (storage array was NOT connected for this). From there, I would have just re-mapped the folders and been ok with it all... However, windows did not like this idea. While a basic "relocate" job will bring you to failure and confusion more than anything...

Does the appdata drive need to be the same size as my boot?....

Can this even be done? (If not, id probably opt. for a larger SSD, cut down the size leaving a good 15-20gb unallocated due to the small writes. )

Any links, insight is HIGHLY appreciated, if cant even be done thats ok too, at least I wont be wasting anymore time...

I hope this makes sense to someone lol

added- I know this may come off as crazy to most, but I am not thinking of all of this in terms of today, but in terms of 2-3 years from. Trying to avoid "steady state" performance

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08 Aug 2012   #2

Windows 7/10 64 bit

I recently built a new system, primarily for my recording stuiod, and used an SSD for the OS and my recording studio software. Everything else is on a 1TB 7200 RPM hard drive. I have manually changed pointers, added folders, etc so that my libraries (documents, pictures, etc) are on the 1TB drive. Same way when I installed a program, other than my recording software, I installed them on the 1TB drive.

There is some instructions on doing at least some of what you want on this thread. I had asked the question and tried what was presented but I ran into problems and the reason I manually relocated items. I probably did something wrong or missed a step. What do I install on SSD
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