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Windows 7: What do I install on SSD

30 May 2012   #11
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

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Can I tell Windows to install the Libraries (such as "My Documents" folder) on the 1TB drive?
Jack
If you make backup system images, be careful about moving Win 7 files to a different drive. Those files are considered part of the Win 7 image.
Make sure you understand how that works with the image software you use.
I recommend you leave them alone.
You can point your applications to keep data on the other drive, and if any Win 7 library starts using too much space for any reason, the data can be copied to the other drive.
As others have said, 128GB is plenty big for Win 7 and apps.
As Brink points out you can move the libraries but the point made here has concerned me in the past. Brink is the man to comment.

I have a 128GB SSD and I keep OS and all apps on this drive. I keep misc data like word docos, spreadsheets, etc here plus some photos I want to edit as well. All other "big stuff" such as music large photo collections, videos I keep simply in folders on my spinner. I backup this relatively static data differently.
Anyway it's just the way I do it to keep my images relatively small.
Yep, if you move a user folder or user profile to another drive, then that drive will be included in any system image (or must be if using 3rd party image program) since that drive will now be considered to be system drive by Windows and necessary for Windows to be able to run properly.

It's much better to include folders from different locations into a library instead since those locations will not be included in a system image unless the folders are on a system drive.

You could install programs to different locations if they give you the option during their installation, but if you do not include the location in system image backup, then the program will not work if you restore the image in the future.


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30 May 2012   #12
fireberd

Windows 10 64 bit
 
 

Wow! Thanks for all the help. I'll keep this as reference since it has links to various procedures. The SSD drive will be here tomorrow from newegg (and an optical drive). They are the last two pieces, I put the rest together today (Corsair Carbide 500 case, ASRock Z77 Professional motherboard, i7 3770 CPU, 16GB G-Skill memory, LG Optical drive, XFX 750 watt modular power supply, 1TB 7200 RPM hard drive and 1.5TB Acronis backup Drive).
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30 May 2012   #13
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Glad we could help. We would love to see some pics when it's finished.
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23 Jun 2012   #14
fireberd

Windows 10 64 bit
 
 

Here is a picture of the initial build. I'm letting it run for a while before I "button it up".

The motherboard is a Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H. i7 3770 CPU. 16GB of GSkill Ripsaw memory, 128GB SSD OCZ Vertex 4, 1TB 7200RPM hard drive, OCZ ZT750 fully modular power supply and Corsair Carbide 500R case.

Initially, I'm using the stock Intel CPU fan but that will be replaced with a "quiet" CPU fan later. Same way at some point I'll add a Video Card instead of using the built in Intel HD 4000 graphics, if needed.


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23 Jun 2012   #15
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Look good, and nice and tidy.
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24 Jun 2012   #16
fireberd

Windows 10 64 bit
 
 

The procedure to change my user profile default location did not work. I followed the instructions exactly including the registry entry. When I logged off the temporary administrator account and logged back on to my account, my desktop was gone, the I.E. setup was gone, my CPU monitor was gone, etc - basically starting all over. The folder was on the specified drive but it was still pointing to the "C" drive.

I had to do a System Restore to get back to my original setup.
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24 Jun 2012   #17
gregrocker

 

You've had a lot of advice in this thread NOT to move User folders for various reasons we've learned over the past few years.

Instead copy backed-up User folders to internal HD, rightclick each to link to the related Library - Include a Folder - Windows 7 Forums as shown in the blue link. For some User folders like Downloads you may have to create a Library to link to.
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25 Jun 2012   #18
fireberd

Windows 10 64 bit
 
 

That is what I'm doing, just copying the folders to the hard drive. As I install programs I'm selectively installing some (most) on the hard drive instead of the SSD.

The procedure I tried, directed me to copy folders and not "move" folders.
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25 Jun 2012   #19
gregrocker

 

You'll get better performance putting your programs on the SSD if you have space. Data is best offloaded to HD then linked via libraries.

I would wait until the SSD fills up then uninstall lesser-used programs and reinstall to HDD.
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25 Jun 2012   #20
fireberd

Windows 10 64 bit
 
 

I'm waiting until I get Sonar X1 and my other recording studio software installed on the SSD and then see how much space is left over. So far what programs I've installed on the hard drive, such as Office 2003 is loading very fast from the 7200 RPM drive.
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