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Windows 7: Running programs on different harddrives

22 May 2013   #1
Presac

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Running programs on different harddrives

I have a computer with an 120GB SSD (C:\ where the OS is installed) and a 1GB HDD and want to know if there is any problems with installing programs on both the main SSD and the HDD.
Can I simply make a new Program files folder on the HDD and instal programs there, or do I need to make changes in the registry. I think I have read something about the "\Program files" and "\Program files (x86)" having a speciel setup in windows and was wondering whether these needed to be applied to the new folders on the HDD.


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22 May 2013   #2
Kaktussoft

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Simply make a folder like "Program files" or "Programs" or anything you like on HDD. Install programs there. In most installers is a question like "custom install", or "change install folder".

Don't move already installed programs! If you want to move them... uninstall and install them in folder you want.

After creating the d:\yourprograms folder do this (replace with real name and drive letter!)

Code:
cacls "d:\yourprograms" /s:"D:PAI(A;;FA;;;S-1-5-80-956008885-3418522649-1831038044-1853292631-2271478464)(A;CIIO;GA;;;S-1-5-80-956008885-3418522649-1831038044-1853292631-2271478464)(A;;0x1301bf;;;SY)(A;OICIIO;GA;;;SY)(A;;0x1301bf;;;BA)(A;OICIIO;GA;;;BA)(A;;0x1200a9;;;BU)(A;OICIIO;GXGR;;;BU)(A;OICIIO;GA;;;CO)"
copy paste all code to an elevated command prompt and press enter.
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22 May 2013   #3
gregrocker

 

You lose the benefit of faster SSD speeds if you install programs to HDD. If I were to move anything off the SSD it would be User Folders - Change Default Location.

120gb should be plenty of space to contain it all except backups and storage.
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22 May 2013   #4
Presac

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

I forgot to mention the computer is brand new, so there isn't much installed yet, But I have a tendency to install a lot of programs. The Idea I had was to only install the programs I use on a daily basis on the SSD, and install those programs I don't use that often on the HDD.
A question to the first answer:
Quote:
Code:
cacls "d:\yourprograms" /s:"D:PAI(A;;FA;;;S-1-5-80-956008885-3418522649-1831038044-1853292631-2271478464)(A;CIIO;GA;;;S-1-5-80-956008885-3418522649-1831038044-1853292631-2271478464)(A;;0x1301bf;;;SY)(A;OICIIO;GA;;;SY)(A;;0x1301bf;;;BA)(A;OICIIO;GA;;;BA)(A;;0x1200a9;;;BU)(A;OICIIO;GXGR;;;BU)(A;OICIIO;GA;;;CO)"
What exactly does this do

To the second answer, I will try to move the User folder as suggested.
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22 May 2013   #5
Kaktussoft

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Presac View Post
I forgot to mention the computer is brand new, so there isn't much installed yet, But I have a tendency to install a lot of programs. The Idea I had was to only install the programs I use on a daily basis on the SSD, and install those programs I don't use that often on the HDD.
A question to the first answer:
Quote:
Code:
cacls "d:\yourprograms" /s:"D:PAI(A;;FA;;;S-1-5-80-956008885-3418522649-1831038044-1853292631-2271478464)(A;CIIO;GA;;;S-1-5-80-956008885-3418522649-1831038044-1853292631-2271478464)(A;;0x1301bf;;;SY)(A;OICIIO;GA;;;SY)(A;;0x1301bf;;;BA)(A;OICIIO;GA;;;BA)(A;;0x1200a9;;;BU)(A;OICIIO;GXGR;;;BU)(A;OICIIO;GA;;;CO)"
What exactly does this do

To the second answer, I will try to move the User folder as suggested.
It sets the default security permissions to the folder. C:\program files folder is protected: Normal users may not write in it, administrators may (with elevated permissions). I assume you want same protection to new folder as well? That's why I gave you the command
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22 May 2013   #6
Presac

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Oh. I will try that.
Should the D in
Quote:
/s:"D:PAI(A;;FA; ...
be changed to the new drive letter to?
And as a last question, will both 64 bit and 32 bit programs both run smoothly in the new program folder?
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22 May 2013   #7
Kaktussoft

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Presac View Post
Oh. I will try that.
Should the D in
Quote:
/s:"D:PAI(A;;FA; ...
be changed to the new drive letter to?
And as a last question, will both 64 bit and 32 bit programs both run smoothly in the new program folder?
Leave everyting after /s as it is. D: has nothing to do with drive D
32 or 64 bits doesn't matter
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22 May 2013   #8
Kaktussoft

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You can also move user folders very easy using cut/paste (not copy/paste!)
Make a folder called "Yourname" on HDD and paste the folders there. You may decide yourself with ones to move. But here's the list


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22 May 2013   #9
gregrocker

 

Wow, Kaktussoft. Much easier. Changes the Location tab, too.
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22 May 2013   #10
Kaktussoft

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Wow, Kaktussoft. Much easier. Changes the Location tab, too.
Works great and without any problems as far as I know. I did it that way. Also moved "public video", "public documents" ... all public stuff as well.
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