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Windows 7: 2 SSD's + HDD - How to set up OS and file structure

04 Jun 2014   #1
chopp nz

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
2 SSD's + HDD - How to set up OS and file structure

Hello,

So soon I am getting a 250gig SSD.
I currently have an 80gig SSD and a 1TB hard drive.

What I'm hoping to find out is exactly what the best solution to install what where would be.

For example where should I install the OS? I'm a heavy computer user as I am on them almost all the time.

I use many programs that take up a lot of space, the program itself and the files they use, like video editing and 3D modelling type of programs.

I would like to install the OS to the 80gig but what should I do with all the My Documents considering Autodesk's Maya places project files in the My Documents, these project files can easily go into the gigabyte range and I would have many projects.

On top of that what about the temp files, they seem to get very heavy too.

I would like to install my work type programs to an SSD and other general programs (Games and such) on the HDD.
I would also like to install my drivers to the same place as my OSS.

Thank you any help is appreciated.


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04 Jun 2014   #2
Windows Sniper

Windows 8.1
 
 

Hey there,

You can still install the OS to the 80Gb, in fact it is probably better that way because you can dedicate the entire drive to it for updates / features or other bits.

I would suggest you install your other programs (Maya, Photoshop) to your second SSD, so they still benefit from the load speed and you utilise the I/O speeds.


As for your documents, you can set your My Documents to actually be set on your 1tb drive, User Folders - Change Default Location This will show you how to do it.

If you then store your videos, images and work files on your larger 1Tb drive, you will have no issues. Plus if your OS fails, your HDD is still likely to be happily whiring away with your data saved on it.
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04 Jun 2014   #3
chopp nz

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hi thanks for the help!

So with the User Folders thing, would that change the default install location for things? Since the majority of programs I install would go do the HDD?
And would the computer know that, that drive is the default?
For example this is what mine is currently like

Where E is my HDD but the computers default Libraries all point to C: where my OS currently is on the 80gig SSD.
As you can see the maya and Adobe folders were created in there because the programs thought that's where it should go.

So with the changing default location, would that fix all future problems like that?

Cheers for your help! =]
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04 Jun 2014   #4
gregrocker

 

I think I would install the OS and all programs to the larger SSD because there can be complications with moving programs off the OS drive because their installers write registry keys that integrate them into the OS itself until uninstalled. This also makes the image less problematic.

You can then either move the User folders to the data drive as shown in User Folders - Change Default Location or simply move a copy of them there and rightclick each to add to the related Library - Include a Folder and then Library - Set Save Folder. If you use Windows imaging you'll need to use the Library method.

If you get a chance to compare speed with User folders on and off the SSD please let us know your impression.
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04 Jun 2014   #5
chopp nz

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
I think I would install the OS and all programs to the larger SSD because there can be complications with moving programs off the OS drive because their installers write registry keys that integrate them into the OS itself until uninstalled. This also makes the image less problematic.
Hello, when you say moving programs off the OS could cause complications, what kind of programs are you talking about here?

At the moment my computer is set up like this .

And I install all drivers to the same location as the OS, as you can see it looks far too full however this is mostly due to programs using it to store temp data and project files. (Like scratch disks and such).
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04 Jun 2014   #6
gregrocker

 

Run CCleaner to see if it helps.

I'm referring to programs you install which appear in All Programs.

Drivers are installed to C and not moved

My setup is similar to yours but I house User folders in D:\Storage in OneDrive so they also live in the cloud to sync the same way with my other devices: Sync, Backup and Store your Files to the Cloud with OneDrive
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05 Jun 2014   #7
Windows Sniper

Windows 8.1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by chopp nz View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
I think I would install the OS and all programs to the larger SSD because there can be complications with moving programs off the OS drive because their installers write registry keys that integrate them into the OS itself until uninstalled. This also makes the image less problematic.
Hello, when you say moving programs off the OS could cause complications, what kind of programs are you talking about here?

At the moment my computer is set up like this .

And I install all drivers to the same location as the OS, as you can see it looks far too full however this is mostly due to programs using it to store temp data and project files. (Like scratch disks and such).

You will want to enable file compression on the drives to optimize storage space, and also run CCleaner to remove all temp files.
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05 Jun 2014   #8
gregrocker

 

Do not compress the C drive as it can compress the MBR resulting in boot failure.
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05 Jun 2014   #9
Windows Sniper

Windows 8.1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Do not compress the C drive as it can compress the MBR resulting in boot failure.
Only if you interrupt it whilst it is compressing...




I always compress drives as it saves space.
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05 Jun 2014   #10
gregrocker

 

We've seen boot failure due to compressing C regularly enough here since beta that I wouldn't attempt it. I don't recall any reporting that they interrupted compression. I do find one search result where this was the case.

I would not compress C and if you do have this handy: BootMGR Compressed Message at Boot Fix - Vista Forums
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