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Windows 7: Folders to move to save space on SSD

18 Dec 2010   #1

Windows 7 Professional x64
Folders to move to save space on SSD


I've been looking into getting an SSD as my main system drive (C. However as we all know MS and Windows programs like to clutter the folders (My Documents) with random and outdated crap as time goes along. I was wondering which steps to take/data to move onto another drive in order to preserve as much of that precious finite space.

I can already think of:
  • Moving User Profile
  • Moving ProgramData folder (both of which there are guides on this site)

Is there anything else (hidden or otherwise) I should be aware of to keep Windows from cluttering up the HDD? Thanks.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Dec 2010   #2

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit

Whenever you download anything, make sure you search it high and low to find the button to click to ensure it gets downloaded to your other drive. Most, if not all programs have this option, and most say "Browse" to look up the other hard drive.

So long as you have 10 or more gigabytes I wouldnt worry too much about it, perform defragmentation and disk checks, make sure you rebuild the index to the other hard drive, make sure you move the internet's temporary files folder to the other hard drive along with its download location

Make sure your paging file is moved to the other hard drive. uninstall unneeded programs off the SSD, reinstall and install all programs to the other hard drive. uncheck unneeded windows features.

Have I gone far enough? Pretty soon I'll have you speeding up your system by disabling visual effects and more!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Dec 2010   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

DustSailor's got it right, but I'd like to add a couple of things.

The hibernation file is equal in size to the amount of RAM, hence, it can be huge; if you don't hibernate you can remove it.
To do so:

Step 1.
  • Go to Start menu, type 'power', choose Change Power-Saving Settings
  • In the window that opens, choose Change Plan Settings
  • In the window that opens, choose Change Advanced Power Settings
  • In the window that opens, find the Hibernate option in the list and disable it
  • Be certain to click the APPLY button.
  • 'OK' your way out of all these windows

Step 2.
  • Go to Start menu, type 'cmd' to open up a command prompt
  • Type 'powercfg.exe -h off' (no quotes and make sure you are Administrator (you'll see it in the Title Bar of the command window))
  • Hit <ENTER>
  • Type 'exit'
  • Hit <ENTER>
Reduce the size of your System Restore points. Windows 7 allocates a default 12% of your drive which can also be huge.

To do so:

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