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Windows 7: Solid State Trouble

13 Nov 2014   #1
jonrabbette

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
Solid State Trouble

Sup,

This might take some explaining - I have a 32GB SSD as my C:\windows drive and a 1.2TB normal disk with all my other stuff on it. I have not got any programs that allow you to choose the install location installed on the SSD, however programs such as Photoshop, Minecraft & Office 365 will only install to C: I have migrated my Users folder to the other volume which freed up around 4 GB of space - however having installed Photoshop I now have about 80KB free this is an annoyance to live with. I have done everything else to free up space under the sun.

So, my question is, what happens if I change the drive letter of the solid state to D: or something like that, & change the other disk with about 900 GB free to C: so, windows will be installed under d:\windows on the SSD. Then I could isntall photoshop & the like to the bigger drive.

Will this work? Not re-installing is desirable, but if needs be....

Thanks in advance,

Jon.


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13 Nov 2014   #2
gregrocker

 

The only way to install Win7 to a drive other than C is to run its installer from C to install to another drive, which locks out the C drive letter from use. This is neither desirable or correct.

If you have 32gb SSD then it's actually a chip on an MSATA hard drive intended to provide paging cache to speed up the drive. While we've helped users install to the chip at their request, it is absurdly small and requires the kind of gymnastics you're grappling with. If you'd like to install WIn7 as intended here are the steps: Install Windows on MSATA (SSD) Drive - Windows 7 Help Forums
Install Windows on System with MSATA and ISRT - Windows 7 Help Forums

Since no one is thrilled with the performance on an MSATA compared to an SSD, a solution is to buy a larger SSD which are coming down in price to around $50 per 120gb now. Photoshop for example needs to be on the SSD to benefit from its speed. Best deals of the day
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14 Nov 2014   #3
Shimshom

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Just follow what gregrocker suggested and you can always use the 32GB SSD for your pagefile and as a scratch disk for Photoshop
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14 Nov 2014   #4
jonrabbette

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Thanks guys, I'll do that
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