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19 Aug 2010   #1

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Noob hard drive question here.

I recently purchased a new computer with a SSD hard drive and a regular hard drive. Here are the stats

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The SSD hard drive has everything on it that came with the computer, while the other one is totally empty. I know that SSD hard drives are supposed to be faster, thats why I got it. My question is this: Where do I install programs? My understanding was that my games would be installed on the SSD drive, while everything else (my drivers, windows files, music, pictures, etc) would be on the regular hard drive. What is the purpose of the 30gb SSD drive, if not solely for the game files?

Also, I notice that there are 2 folders, "Program Files" and "Program Filesx86". There doesn't appear to be anything in the program files folder that isn't in the program filesx86 folder, so what is the purpose of having 2 folders? Which one should games be installed to and which one should programs such as Xfire and Ventrilo be installed?

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19 Aug 2010   #2

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

You must have 64 bit like me. 86 is for 32 bit and the other for 64
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19 Aug 2010   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Operating system and most application make far better use of a SSD than a game will.


They will help the initial load time of a Game a couple seconds, but after that its running from memory anyway (which is faster than a SSD.

The OS is constantly accessing the disc.

Program Files folder is for 64bit programs, Program Files (x86) for 32bit programs. mostly for organization purposed.

I would make a folder for Games on the Spinning drive and install Games there.
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19 Aug 2010   #4

Windows 7
 
 

Yes I do have 64 bit, but telling me that one folder is for 32 bit and the other is for 64 bit programs doesn't help me much. I do not know how to tell the difference
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19 Aug 2010   #5

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Files 86 is the folder for 32 bit.
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19 Aug 2010   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Its mostly just for organization. To keep track of whats what.

Although best to keep things sorted where they go, it will not hurt if you install to the wrong folder.

But, windows will know where to put applications if you just let it or are unsure.


Just Manually reloacte your user Files to the spinning disc (music,documents pics,videos, etc)
And make you a folder "Games" and install all your games there.
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19 Aug 2010   #7

Windows 7 Enterprise x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Sabellian View Post
Yes I do have 64 bit, but telling me that one folder is for 32 bit and the other is for 64 bit programs doesn't help me much. I do not know how to tell the difference
Program Files folder is 64bit
Program Files x86 folder is 32bit.

The second folder is for installed programs that are not written to be native on a 64 bit platform. In other words, the second folder allows for 32 bit programs to be installed on a 64 bit operating system. Up until quite recently, most current programs were written for 32 bit.
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19 Aug 2010   #8

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Wishmaster View Post
Its mostly just for organization. To keep track of whats what.

Although best to keep things sorted where they go, it will not hurt if you install to the wrong folder.

But, windows will know where to put applications if you just let it or are unsure.


Just Manually reloacte your user Files to the spinning disc (music,documents pics,videos, etc)
And make you a folder "Games" and install all your games there.
ok so I was correct in assuming that the SSD is for my games and the other one is for everything else?

and what I meant by not being able to tell the difference, I meant that I wouldnt be able to tell the difference between a 32 bit program and a 64 bit program
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19 Aug 2010   #9

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

As Wishmaster told you: there is little point to putting the games on the SSD. But you can do it if you want. Keep in mind the SSD has limited capacity and Windows alone may want 20 GB or 30 GB, or more, over time. A 30 GB SSD is about as small as they come, so you ought to be very picky about what you put on the SSD or you will run out of space.

General advice would be to keep ALL of your personal data on the spinning drive and use the SSD for Windows ONLY.

You have 64 bit Windows. Given a choice between a 32 bit program and a 64 bit program, you should go with 64 bit. BUT, most 32 bit programs will work on your PC. Windows will recognize whether a program is 32 bit or 64 bit and install it in the appropriate folder. You don't have to worry about it much.
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19 Aug 2010   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

If you want you can, its up to you.

But you will be sacrificing alot of system performance to save maybe 3 seconds of initial load time on a game. And, on a 30Gb you may only get 3 games on it.

When you start the the installer, it will ask if you want to do a custom install or default.
just take a glance at the default location.
if windows want to put it in the Program Files Folder (its 64bit)
if it want to install to Program Files (x86) its a 32 bit.

Generally, anything for Windows 7 will be clearly labeled 64 or 32 bit bit when you DL it.
If not, its 32bit.



EDIT- I type too slow ..
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