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Windows 7: Can I move windows\winsxs off boot drive?

23 Mar 2010   #1

Win7-64
 
 
Can I move windows\winsxs off boot drive?

Can I safely use a Junction Point to move the Windows 7 windows\winsxs file off my SSD boot drive onto a separate hard disk? I've got all my temp/page/swap files over on the HDD, along with all the My Doc stuff, but the windoews\winsxs file keeps getting bigger and bigger. I'd like to get it off my SSD and onto my 500GB HDD where I won't have to worry about it.

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23 Mar 2010   #2

Windows 7 x64 (SP1)
 
 

No. The size of WinSxS is not what you think it is anyways.
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23 Mar 2010   #3

Win7-64
 
 

OK - but why why won't a Junction Point work? And if the size of winxsx is different from what Windows 7 says it is, what is the real size?
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23 Mar 2010   #5

Windows 7 x64 (SP1)
 
 

Winsxs contains a bunch of hardlinks, moving this folder copies the data from those hardlinks however moving it has not freed any space but a few MBs (less then 500). This is because those hardlinks have multiple references unless you remove every reference it will still be on the HDD.
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