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Windows 7: Transferred programs and os to SSD, not what I expected

29 Aug 2012   #11
DavidE

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A 100 GB C: partition should be large enough to store the OS + programs for most users.
What do you have your C: partition that uses so much space?
It sounds like you have something in the Users folder that is using a lot of space.

My C: drive uses apx. 30 GB right now.
That is the OS and all programs - media, utilities, office, etc. (no games)
I installed Win 7 almost three years ago.
All user data is stored on a different partition using Libraries.

I have several hundred GB of data, but none of it is on the C: partition.


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29 Aug 2012   #12
Seven64bit

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DavidW7ncus View Post
A 100 GB C: partition should be large enough to store the OS + programs for most users.
What do you have your C: partition that uses so much space?
It sounds like you have something in the Users folder that is using a lot of space.

My C: drive uses apx. 30 GB right now.
That is the OS and all programs - media, utilities, office, etc. (no games)
I installed Win 7 almost three years ago.
All user data is stored on a different partition using Libraries.

I have several hundred GB of data, but none of it is on the C: partition.
Well most of the data is games (steam) and media under my users folder (videos, movies, etc.)

Media in my users folder runs to about 127GB
and games in my steam folder run to about 50GB
all other games amount to about 102GB
Windows amounts to 30GB
Both program files folders amount to 172GB (that includes games and steam games)

I can obviously leave my media out, but I would like to have my games on my ssd for the fast launch time
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29 Aug 2012   #13
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

Understood!
I can't help with the gaming consideration.
Hopefully other gamers will post with suggestions.

From what i have read i believe most gamers only install their favorite / most often used games onto the SSD.
Other games are installed on a HD.
But, that is what i think based on what i have read - no real world experience here.

hope this helps,
David
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29 Aug 2012   #14
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I use 60GB SSDs for the OS and usually have more than 30GB of free space.

1. You need to move the user files to another partition or disk.

2. Get rid of the hiberfile if you do not use hibenation. The command is powercfg -h off

3. Reduce the pagefile to 2GBs

You can probably leave all your programs on the C drive. They do not take a lot of space. Exceptions are big games. Those I would uninstall and reinstall once the SSD is operational. Then you can direct them to a folder on a HDD.
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29 Aug 2012   #15
OldMX

Microsoft Windows 10 Professional
 
 

I've clone hundreds of HDs to SSDs without a single issue, but I use clonezilla or acronis true image from outside the operating system.
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29 Aug 2012   #16
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by OldMX View Post
I've clone hundreds of HDs to SSDs without a single issue, but I use clonezilla or acronis true image from outside the operating system.
If you know what you are doing, you can use any imaging program. But many people don't want to bother crawling thru the details. For them, the Paragon Migration Tool is very convenient. It's a 3 click affair and the job is done.
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29 Aug 2012   #17
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

Paragon Migrate will do an excellent job every time. I have used it dozens of times without even 1 failure. But, you have to leave the system files on the SSD. It appears you have moved some system files which is causing your problems. Move you user folders, media and games to another drive. Then use Paragon again to move the OS and programs. There is little advantage of having games on the SSD. They will load faster but will not run any faster. You do not need to initalize or format the SSD, Paragon will do that. It will format and align the ssd during the move.
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29 Aug 2012   #18
Seven64bit

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Well I ran the program again, everything is working properly, boots up fast! I installed all of my programs (Except 2 games) they all run faster but I have 13.4GB left on the SSD, not sure whether it's worth it or not.

EDIT - Well I moved the whole steam folder to my HDD and it works great, not a huge difference in launch times and saves space on the SSD for more intensive programs!

I guess I'll keep it after all

Thanks everyone for the help!
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