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Windows 7: Installing "boot" files to an SSD

22 Jul 2014   #11
TheAtomicGoose

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

@whs: no, it's a 14.5" laptop with 2 disk bays. Is there any way that I can install the programs onto the HDD as well as the user files? The reason I'm reinstalling is a) I've messed with my computer a lot so there's a few strange things that happen that I think clean installing will fix, and b) I'm switching to only using Windows for gaming and dual booting Arch Linux to use for everything else.

@AddRAM: User files, sorry; wrong name :P Also it would be nice if I could also put program files on the HDD.


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22 Jul 2014   #12
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Yes, you can put the programs on the HD, just change the drive letter during the install.

Start saving for a larger ssd, they are getting cheaper.

http://www.newegg.com/SSDs/Category/ID-119?Tid=11689
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22 Jul 2014   #13
gregrocker

 

Such a small SSD is actually a chip on the HD or mobo for paging file, and requires special installation steps in Install Windows on System with MSATA and ISRT - Windows 7 Help Forums

or for Lenovo models in your series: The Guide on How To Reformat, Repartition AND Get RapidStart & RapidStorage Working.

Study each tutorial closely to see which applies, and you can ask the tutorial author in the comments section for further help.
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22 Jul 2014   #14
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Hmm, a 14" laptop with 2 disk bays was news to me. Out of curiosity, can you tell us what make/model that is.

And yes, you can install programs on the HDD. That is done during the installation. Just be aware that not all programs allow that.

Once you have your OS installed, post back. Then we'll tell you how to reduce the OS space requirements on the SSD.
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22 Jul 2014   #15
TheAtomicGoose

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

@gregrocker: ok, thanks. I'll look through those.

@whs: it's probably not a second bay according to what gregrocker said, but it's a Lenovo U410 Ultrabook.
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22 Jul 2014   #16
TheAtomicGoose

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

@AddRAM: Here's the Disk Management screenshot.


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22 Jul 2014   #17
TheAtomicGoose

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Also, sorry if I didn't mention this before: I learned recently that I don't have physical RAID (e.g. two separate disks), I actually have "fake" RAID, where RAID is created with multiple partitions on the same drive. Just to clarify, I DON'T want to keep my RAID setup. I want to nuke it.
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23 Jul 2014   #18
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

What was originally on the 8GB on Disk 0 ????

Where did you get the idea you have a 32 GB ssd ??
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23 Jul 2014   #19
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Since this is an Ultrabook, I think the SSD is only used as a caching device for the HDD. That's what this funny Raid setup is for. I don't think you can use it as a distinct, seperate disk to install the OS. We tried that once for another member but after about 100 postings back and forth we gave up.

I recommend you leave it as is and don't try to change anything. With a boot time of under 15 seconds there is not much you can improve anyhow.
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23 Jul 2014   #20
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I am confused - is his SSD space 8GB or 32GB.
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