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Windows 7: SSD and HDD - which files to move over?

08 Jul 2011   #1

Windows 7 professional 64 bit
 
 
SSD and HDD - which files to move over?

I have an SSD which currently has my OS installed (Windows 7 professional) I only have 6GB of space left and I want to install some games on my SSD, is it possible to move some windows files over to my HDD which has 1TB storage available?


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08 Jul 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Move your music, documents, pictures, etc.

If you don't use hibernate you can turn that off. That will free up a file the same size as your installed RAM.
powercfg -h off

You can also move your page file over to the HDD. Right click My Computer, Properties, Advanced System Settings, Performance Settings, Advanced, Virtual memory.

ALso, check and see how much space system restore is consuming. Right click My Computer, Properties, Advanced System Settings, System Protection, Highlight C, configure, change the percentage.
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08 Jul 2011   #3

W7 Professional x64
 
 

Do not try to move ANY system files. System restore, your page file, movies, music, documents, and some programs that don't require HDD speed to perform well can be moved (programs I am pretty sure still must be reinstalled to the new drive after being uninstalled).
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08 Jul 2011   #4

Windows 7 professional 64 bit
 
 

I should set my SSD which has windows 7 on it to "no paging file"? and my HDD that is used for storage to "no paging file" or "System manage size"?

My SSD currently has 12GB free and I need around 15GB for WoW apparently, so there goes my luck unless the page file will remove a few gig.

thanks
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08 Jul 2011   #5

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
 
 

I recommend having at least a small paging file on your main drive (C). You could put a system managed paging file or make your own size on the other one as well if need be. Mostly, I wouldn't bother messing with the paging file, as it is quite needed, and better off on the main drive.

Also, windows update over time will keep adding to your already small storage space. I would recommend buying a new SSD or just using your HDD. SSD will speed up load times, but it isn't critical for any game.
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08 Jul 2011   #6

Windows 7 professional 64 bit
 
 

Yeah that's what I was thinking, windows update allready took around a couple of GB from doing updates since i put this rig together, thanks for the replies guys i'll just use my HDD for games.
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08 Jul 2011   #7

64-Bit W7 Ult_sp1
 
 

it's OK to move those "Library" files over.. like MyDocs, MyMusic, etc over to the HDD
but keep your page-file on the SSD - it's more efficient there..

BTW - my pagefile is set at 800MB in size

- that's with 6GB RAM onboard..
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08 Jul 2011   #8

Windows 7 professional 64 bit
 
 

So should my HDD also have page any paging files? it currently has it disabled.
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08 Jul 2011   #9

64-Bit W7 Ult_sp1
 
 

yep, that's OK - you only need the one on the SSD..

I always keep about 10GB of the SSD free, so that it can do it's housekeeping efficiently..

PS: another tip to remember is to occasionally leave your PC
idling at the log-in screen for a couple of hours - this will allow the OS enough
time to do the full house-keeping sweep on your SSD..

- I do mine about once a month - this will keep the SSD running efficiently
- in fact, you can gain a coupla decimal places in your WEI by doing this..
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08 Jul 2011   #10

Windows 7 professional 64 bit
 
 

ok man thanks, Crucial RealSSD C300 64GB 2.5" SATA 6Gb/s Solid State Hard Drive is the SSD I have what would be the reccomended page filing settings?
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