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Windows 7: Boot Drive Set Up


28 Apr 2011   #1

Windows 7 home premium 64bit
 
 
Boot Drive Set Up

I have a 60gb SSD and two 500gb HDD's. I want to use the SSD as a boot only drive, but I can't seem to figure out how to keep from loading it up with data that I don't want on it. I am wondering if there is a way to keep this from happening. Is there a way to install Windows 7 on the SSD and then sort of lock it up and direct everything else to the two HDD's? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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28 Apr 2011   #2
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Just channel your active data (Documents, installers into Downloads, etc) to the appropriate User folders linked to the first HD, then move inactive data to storage on the second HD along with Windows 7 Backup Image and File backups from second HD.

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29 Apr 2011   #3
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Hello jreddog74, welcome to Seven Forums!



Here's an excellent tutorial at the link below that shows how to move the user folders to a spinner during the installation process and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.


User Profiles - Create and Move During Windows 7 Installation
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29 Apr 2011   #4

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You can also just not use the Windows user folder structure and instead choose to save stuff to the D drive, the E drive or wherever you choose. There is no reason any of your personal data has to go on C.
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29 Apr 2011   #5
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
You can also just not use the Windows user folder structure and instead choose to save stuff to the D drive, the E drive or wherever you choose. There is no reason any of your personal data has to go on C.

He's correct ...

... as a wise old Indian once told me, never store anything on C: you don't want to lose.
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29 Apr 2011   #6
Microsoft MVP

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
You can also just not use the Windows user folder structure and instead choose to save stuff to the D drive, the E drive or wherever you choose. There is no reason any of your personal data has to go on C.
As OP is installing on SSD, the advice given to link his User folders to first HD (or DISK1) would not be putting his data on C.

He said he has two other HD's besides the SSD, perfect for linkings User folders or User account, then backing those up as well.
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