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Windows 7: SSD and my AppData Folder plus more

17 Aug 2012   #1
bianson

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 
SSD and my AppData Folder plus more

I had my Windows 7 PC setup with Windows installed on what was then my C Drive. I installed a SSD as my Master and configured Windows 7 to save to Libraries on my old C drive, now called D.

Problem #1

My SSD is 120 GB but currently has only 12 GB free. I install most of my programs to D rather than the SSD but in the interest of speed, some were installed to the SSD. Current SSD Usage:

MOSCache - 594 MB
PerfLogs - 0
Program Files - 2.94 GB
Program Files (x86) - 8 GB
ProgramData - 6.64 GB
Users - 34.4 GB
Windows - 22.5 GB

I believe the only one I can really make changes to and the one with the most usage is Users. AppData is 28 GB and continues to grow.

Can I move this to another drive? Is that advisable because I have read differing opinions? Any other thoughts on reducing it's size? I don't really want to buy an even larger SSD as I think the root problem still exists and AppData will continue to grow.


Problem #2

When I added the SSD, I did an clean install of Windows 7 onto the SSD and kept my old copy of Windows 7 on my old C drive, now D. Since my 2 TB D drive is currently at 220 GB free, deleting my old version of my Windows 7 frees up additional space. Should I be safe in doing that?


Problem #3

My PC periodically, after being on for several hours, turns itself off and BIOS is reset to boot to the D Drive instead of the SSD C Drive. I have to turn it off, access BIOS and tell it the primary boot drive is the SSD. Why would this be happening?


Problem #4

Firefox downloads to a download folder on the SSD, How can I have it download to the Downloads folder on my D Drive?


So there you have my burning questions of the day. I would appreciate any help you can provide.

Bob


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17 Aug 2012   #2
Ztruker

Windows 8 Core X64
 
 

#2 - You have a lot of room on the 2TB drive, so wait until you have the SSD setup the way you want with everything moved off it before deleting the old install.

#4 - Click on Firefox top left then Options / Options. Change the folder pointed to under Downloads or do as I do and select Always ask me where to save files.

#3 - What make SSD did you buy? Have you done any searching for problems with it? Some SSDs are not very stable from what I've been reading. I just ordered a Kingston SSDNow V200 128 GB SATA III which had pretty good reviews. Should get it Tuesday the 21st.
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17 Aug 2012   #3
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Can you post a snip of your expanded Disk Management so we can see how your PC is setup. Thanks,
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17 Aug 2012   #4
bianson

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

I bought a Corsair Force 3 SSD ATA. Delighted with the speed but then anything is good...until it fails!!

Ztrucker...220 GB's isn't a lot of room considering it's my scratch disk for Photoshop as well. My plan is to buy another 2 TB drive and use it as my scratch disk and leave my current D drive for straight storage.


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17 Aug 2012   #5
bianson

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Better Screen Shot?


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18 Aug 2012   #6
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

You don't want to delete anything until you get the SSD booting as you like. You have drive E: and F: as active. Only your System Reserved should be marked as active. You can use this tutorial to mark them inactive.
Partition - Mark as Inactive ==
I don't see your D: drive in the Disk Management. Where is it showing? == When you installed Windows on the SSD, were all of the other drives unplugged from the Motherboard?
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18 Aug 2012   #7
bianson

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

I screwed up bigmck, I keep referring to D and it should be E. I have no D.

No...I am pretty sure I did NOT have my other drives unplugged from the m/b when I installed Windows 7 to the SSD.
What's the rational for making all drives except System Reserved changed to inactive? Why would they all be showing as active now?
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18 Aug 2012   #8
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bianson View Post
I screwed up bigmck, I keep referring to D and it should be E. I have no D.

No...I am pretty sure I did NOT have my other drives unplugged from the m/b when I installed Windows 7 to the SSD.
What's the rational for making all drives except System Reserved changed to inactive? Why would they all be showing as active now?
The E: would have been showing active because that is what you were booting from before. I don't know why F: is active. The only drive that should be active is the one that you are booting from. In this case the System Reserved of your C: drive is what should be active. == Since you did not have your other drives unplugged from the MB, it is possible some info from Windows got installed to E: and that is where you are booting from instead of C:. I suggest you go through the tutortial I posted above and make all drives inactive except for the System Reserved. == I just installed Windows on a SSD a month or so ago. I unplugged all drives from the MB except the SSD. I then had to use the tutorial I listed above to make my old Windows inactive. I was not having any problems, but it is just a good idea to get things straight. In your case there is a problem and you really need to make them inactive to help get things straight.
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