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Windows 7: booting windows on one drive, but installing things on another


17 May 2012   #1

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booting windows on one drive, but installing things on another

My operating system is giving out, i am locking up regularly now, i feel i have too many things installed on a vary small drive to pinpoint the problem. i have been neeeding a second hard drive for a while now, i think its time.

The question is, how can i boot off of one hard drive, but install all my applications on the other, as if i where booting my OS off of a 30gb ssd, just big enough for the operating system, but actually installing things on my second hard drive.

i am NOT getting an ssd, unfortunately, i am not rady, that was just an analogy, hopfuly it got the point accross though. i donot believe this is a form of dual booting, which is what comes up when i search the issue.

your help is appreciated... i already know an ssd will benifit me more than another hdd, but i do not have enough room to support all my things, and am closing in on 50gb left on my hard drive.that being said, im looking at a 3 terabit hdd at 7200rpm.i wont be changing up to a new one for a LONG time

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17 May 2012   #2

MS Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1
 
 

Just install the operating system as usual, and when installing programs go into the advanced install options and change the location to where you install your program.
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17 May 2012   #3

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by UnknownReverent View Post
Just install the operating system as usual, and when installing programs go into the advanced install options and change the location to where you install your program.
so there would be no way to have it automatically install on the second drive than
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17 May 2012   #4

MS Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1
 
 

I don't believe so. You have to go into the advanced install options to point where you want to install the program.
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17 May 2012   #5

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well if anyone who has found a way can step in i would appreciate it... if its not possible... its not possible... understood, but if its at all possible id appreciate it
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17 May 2012   #6

MS Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1
 
 

It seems I've found a way, but you'd have to edit the registry.
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17 May 2012   #7

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by UnknownReverent View Post
It seems I've found a way, but you'd have to edit the registry.
im alright with that, ive done eneough of that already, ill just keep it to a minimum this next time so i can keep track of what ive done when a problem comes about.

thank you for looking into this for me, seems everywhere i found where someone actually asks the same question i have, they get some stupid answer from someone complaining about their purchase choices more than answering the question.
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17 May 2012   #8

MS Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Thornton View Post
im alright with that, ive done eneough of that already, ill just keep it to a minimum this next time so i can keep track of what ive done when a problem comes about.

thank you for looking into this for me, seems everywhere i found where someone actually asks the same question i have, they get some stupid answer from someone complaining about their purchase choices more than answering the question.
It's completely fine. I'm going to have 2 hard drive's soon as well so it may benefit as well.

What I found is this though. Read it carefully and all of it if you have 64 bit.

How do you change the default Installation Directory in Windows 7 - Microsoft Answers
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17 May 2012   #9

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by UnknownReverent View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Thornton View Post
im alright with that, ive done eneough of that already, ill just keep it to a minimum this next time so i can keep track of what ive done when a problem comes about.

thank you for looking into this for me, seems everywhere i found where someone actually asks the same question i have, they get some stupid answer from someone complaining about their purchase choices more than answering the question.
It's completely fine. I'm going to have 2 hard drive's soon as well so it may benefit as well.

What I found is this though. Read it carefully and all of it if you have 64 bit.

How do you change the default Installation Directory in Windows 7 - Microsoft Answers
thanks again, im running out to best buy this evning and grabbing my new hdd (i hate going to BB, but im desperate for my pc to work with all 3 monitors) i will try it out once i have the second one installed
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17 May 2012   #10

MS Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1
 
 

Let me know how it goes.
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