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Windows 7: Data on other drive

14 Nov 2010   #1

Win 7 64 bit
Data on other drive

I have 2 HD Can I get Win 7 the store all data on drive 2 automaticly or Will I have to do (Save As pick dirve and enter)?

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14 Nov 2010   #2


The benefits of placing User folders on a data partition or HD is that your OS/Programs partition becomes smaller for backup imaging, then if Win7 ever becomes irreparable you can reimage the OS partition in 15 minutes and your data is waiting and current in it's partition "vault".

User Folders - Change Default Location
Data Partition
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15 Nov 2010   #3

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Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1

+1 on separating User Data & OS.

But in general you have to use the File > Save > Choose Drive and Folder method if you want to save your personal data files to specific folders. Sending everything to the User or My Documents folder, reset to default to the 2nd drive as suggested by Gregrocker, is good if that folder works for you.

Some of the better written applications will have a setting in their Options or Preferences that allow you to choose the default folder any saved file will go to. My MS Office documents default to F:\Business. Nero WaveEditor files default to I:\MP3\New.

Unfortunately too many applications do not have that option. In those cases you can use either the generic OS user folder, or just File > Save > Choose.
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15 Nov 2010   #4


Best to keep Program Data with Program Files on the OS drive.

I only separate active User sub-folders to the data partition.
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15 Nov 2010   #5
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Best to keep Program Data with Program Files on the OS drive.

I only separate active User sub-folders to the data partition.

it's safe and easy to just move pictures, music, videos and documents folders - maybe faves and downloads too, if you like.
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15 Nov 2010   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Best to keep Program Data with Program Files on the OS drive.

I only separate active User sub-folders to the data partition.

The only applications I would even consider putting on a secondary drive (away from the OS) are the ones which require no installation.
Things like Prime95 for example, which just runs from a folder.

If it needs to be installed, best left with the OS.
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15 Nov 2010   #7


You might want to take a look at this tutorial: User Profiles - Create and Move During Windows 7 Installation
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15 Nov 2010   #8

windows 7 Professional 64 Bit

hmm, i posted a link to very similar solution on this thread and it has been removed. Looking through the forum rules I cannot see that I violated any. I was not advertising any competing web site--merely I googled the problem and that link came up as a solution--and seemed a viable solution to me--therefore I posted the link prefaced by: "perhaps this will help" or something to that effect.I did not palgarize as I cited the link.

oh my this is the first crticism of this fine site I have, but I do believe there is a strong dislike of a competing website's solution linked...hey, I can see that..

..but it was just offered up as a possible solution and there was no other ill intent.
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