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Windows 7: Combining two hard disks in to a single drive on Window Home Premium

11 Jul 2012   #11
larnall

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

How about the attached?




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11 Jul 2012   #12
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

That looks as expected. The SSD has System Reserved and C. The large drive is empty.

I assume you store all your stuff in some folder under C Users, most likely C users yourusername?

You need to redirect that folder.

I have never used user folders at all and save directly to the D drive, so I'm not the authority on what you need to do---but it is commonly done.

Below are a couple of tutorials that you can at least look over. I'd wait for others who have actually done the procedure to comment as I think there may be some nuances or there may be other relevant tutorials.


User Profile - Change Default Location

User Folders - Change Default Location
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11 Jul 2012   #13
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

I would recommend not redirecting folders, but just changing the library pointers. That used to be the way, but I see most people suggesting to not redirct anymore with Windows 7. On any system I use, I don't store anything on C on purpose. Everything goes to my D drive...docs, photos, music, etc.
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11 Jul 2012   #14
strollin

W7 Ult desktop, W8.1 laptop, W7 Home netbook, W8.1 tablet, Win 10 TP VM
 
 

I created folders on my D: drive similarly named to the ones on my C: drive. For instance, I have Music, Pictures, Video, Program Files, etc... When I save a data file, I simply save it to the folders I created on the D: drive.

I don't install ALL of my program files on my SSD but only those that I use frequently. I also moved the page file and TEMP file folder to the D: drive.

When installing a program, it's easy to tell it to install on the D: vs. the C:. The default is usually to install to the C:\Program Files\ProgramName folder. Since I have the Program Files folder on my D: drive I simply change the install drive from C: to D:. Many programs require you choose "Custom Install" to be able to alter the default install location.
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11 Jul 2012   #15
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by strollin View Post
I created folders on my D: drive similarly named to the ones on my C: drive. For instance, I have Music, Pictures, Video, Program Files, etc... When I save a data file, I simply save it to the folders I created on the D: drive.
That's exactly how I have all of my systems set up, and then I just change the Libraries to point to those folders and only those folders.
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11 Jul 2012   #16
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by strollin View Post
I created folders on my D: drive similarly named to the ones on my C: drive. For instance, I have Music, Pictures, Video, Program Files, etc... When I save a data file, I simply save it to the folders I created on the D: drive.
That's exactly how I have all of my systems set up, and then I just change the Libraries to point to those folders and only those folders.
I do something similar, but I don't use libraries or user folders.

I have folders on D named downloads, mp3, pictures, video, etc and save directly to those folders.

I can't remember when or exactly why Microsoft introduced the "user folder" thing, but I never saw any need to get involved with it. Was it on XP that they first appeared? Or Windows 98?

Likewise, libraries don't add anything I need.

Here is another tutorial by Kari that may be pertinent for the OP:

User Profiles - Create and Move During Windows 7 Installation

I think I saw a post by Gregrocker in the last few days in which he said that the best method is to COPY user profiles to D, rather than move them.
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