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Windows 7: Move Program FIles to SSD - Leave Users files Behind

02 Jun 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
Move Program FIles to SSD - Leave Users files Behind

Greetings Again,

My file and storage system is set up like this:

C:\ Drive - 120 GB SSD This is my Win 7 64-Bit Ultimate Boot drive. It has my most important Microsoft programs on it. Out of the 111GB available, I've used 42GB, leaving me 69GB free space. I want to keep this area open.

My next drive is a 1TB WD Caviar Black segmented into 3 partitions.

E:\ Drive = Program FIles This has the majority and rest of my programs. It also includes USERs Files. I've use 96GB out of 150GB. Out of that 96GB, 64GB are in USERS files.

F:\ Drive = Data Files. This stores all of my data except for media. I've used 91GB out of 350. I want to leave this be.

G:| Drive = Medsia FIles This stores all Media = Vids, Music, Graphics, Pictures. I've used 80 GB out of 500GB

I also have a 64GB ~ 55GB actual storage SSD drive that is partitioned but has no data on it or assigned drive letter.

Here is what I want to accomplish.

I want to move my actual Program FIles to the 64GB SSD, assign it a drive letter, and keep the USERS files where they now reside on the F:\ dirve

My main concern is that in moving all these files around and splitting the USERS files from the Program Files that I'll mees up my Registry. Will someone please suggest some links I might read that will best help me acheive these moves.



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08 Jul 2011   #2

64-Bit W7 Ult_sp1

that sounds a bit messy - I'm a bit wary of the users folders..
all those links might be broken - or at least, be put at risk..

are you sure you want to go this route, might there not be a better solution..??
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08 Jul 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
Leave User Files Behind

Thanks for responding.

I decided not to go that route for the reasons you've presented.

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09 Jul 2011   #4

W7 X-64 W8.1 X-64 Opensuse 13.1 W2003 Server

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Phroneo View Post
Thanks for responding.

I decided not to go that route for the reasons you've presented.

Hi there
don't give up just yet.

There's no reason why you can'y move program files to the SSD - I assume these are INSTALLED applications like Office, Photoshop etc.

All you have to do is just re-install to the new SSD drive.

A better idea IMO is to install the programs to the same drive you have the OS on (so if you re-install the OS you don't have to install the applications again), keep your data partitions as is and use the other SSD as a paging / scratch disk drive.

Your system should FLY if you do this --even if it's an older machine.

Splitting installed applications away from the OS makes re-installation inevitable if you have to re-install windows for whatever reason so like most people on these forums I'd keep your USER data (media, documents etc etc) AWAY from the OS and keep OS + applications on the OS drive.

The only execption to this are "Portable apps" -- those you can run directly for example from a usb stick without having to install them on the host machine.

Even a large W7 installation with Photoshop, Office etc shouldn't take more than 70 GB so you could even have a second paging area / scatch area on the ist SSD too.


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