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Windows 7: Combining SSD for system with standard HD for data

25 Dec 2009   #11

Windows 7, XP - Linux
Oh my god.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by win7clutz View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stolsvik View Post
Short and sweet: I want to have a SSD for "C:\", but mount a slower but way cheaper and larger HD for C:\Users.

How can I accomplish this? .. given that Users obviously isn't empty at this time. (The entire system is on the SSD at this point).
Short and sweet, not going to happen. Win 7 expects user accounts just were you see them, systemroot\users.
Okay, complete and utter edit: you were actually the one coming up with the link to the information which I assumed should exist in some way (Because that's kinda how I would have done it using any brand of Unix. Only on Unix things work - the root account have a home a completely different place than all other users - just exactly because you should be able to perform stuff like this).

So sorry for the full on flaming - your follow up when people pointed out that you were wrong was very good. Thanks.

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25 Dec 2009   #12

Windows 7, XP - Linux

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by win7clutz View Post
whs: Why not explain the procedure that you have used several times.... The instructions above will work for my pics, my docs, etc., not profile info.

Otherwise, if it's really important to him to do this he can follow your method or do it right by following this one...

Look above at Robert Cartman's posting. That's all there is to it. And you are right, that moves only Docs, Pics, Videos, Music, etc. But that is what you usually want because that's where all the bytes are.
The link you gave is not recommended. Too iffy.
Thanks for your suggestion.

But really, the way clutz is linking to was actually something like what I expected - go into some kind of "outside shell", do the actual physical move (or copy-and-delete), then do the linking (On unix, either using a symlink, or a mount point), then boot back up.

When you move the system's understanding of were to store stuff using the "approved way" you outline, what happens if an application goes directly to the old location due to hardcoded paths? Are new junction points (or whatever they're called) set up for this to not happen?
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25 Dec 2009   #13

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

The way I set up My SSD:

Basically what has been suggested above:

Create A folder for each item on the spinning Disc. My Music/ my Pictures/My Videos/Downloads/ and my Documents.

Then Start/ <user name> / right click each folder and choose: Properties/ Location Tab

Then direct it to the folder you created on the spinning drive.

If you have multiple users, you may want to set the folder on the spinning drive slightly differently.
I/E USERS/ <User name> /
And do the same for videos, documents, downloads etc for each user and do the same steps.

This works the same way for the Public Folder as well, although i personally do not use them and left them where they were.

You can also move TEMP folder to the spinning drive as well, to save space on your SSD as well as reduce amount of writes if you choose to.
Basically the same concept:

Create A Folder on the spinning Drive. (I called Mine System)
Inside I made 3 folders: TMP, Temp and Users
inside users: <User name> / App Data / local/ temp
<user name> / Temp

Name them as you wish, this is simply how I made mine.

((Youll need to do the user temp for each user name))

Then R/click My computer from start menu/ Properties/ Advanced System Settings
and choose Enviromental Variables at bottom

In the box that pops up youll see at top User variables and 2 folders:

These are the USER temps.
highlight and choose edit and tell windows where you want them, the new folders you created for user temps.

If you set up your folders Similar to mine, the location will be very much the same, just a different drive letter. Again, you can name them as you choose, it doesnt matter.

The bottom box is a list of system variables:
Near the bottom you'll see the same 2 folders: TMP and TEMP
These 2 are for Windows itself.
Do the same.

This will keep TEMP files off the SSD

This all may be a few more steps than simply moving ALL of the User folder in one go, but it does work flawlessly and Win7 knows where everything is without issue.

Hope this helps.
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25 Dec 2009   #14
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Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

Wishmaster, nice summary. You should make a tutorial out of it.
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