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Windows 7: What files to move off SSD?


30 May 2011   #1

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What files to move off SSD?

Been looking into moving files that write often to the system drive (SSD). I've moved my temp files, browser temp and cache files. Looking at moving event logs, and any other logs that write often.

I see that event logs are written to System32\winevt\Logs and the path can be changed by opening event viewer and right clicking the categories, choosing Properties, and changing the path. Looking to see if others have done this, and does event viewer continue to work normally?

Also, there are logs written to System32\config.

Also looking for suggestions of what others have moved off the system SSD drive to save unnecessary writes (space isn't an issue for me). What have you all moved, and how did you do it? Thanks, A Guy

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30 May 2011   #2
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Most common is User profile or active User folders: User Profile - Change Default Location
User Folders - Change Default Location
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30 May 2011   #3

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Thanks Greg, had considering that, although I don't know how many writes that saves, not worried about space. Especially looking for things that make a lot of writes to the SSD. A Guy
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30 May 2011   #4

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I moved pretty much the same files you did: Windows\Temp, IE temp, Firefox temp, Download, Pics, Music, Documents, and Indexing. Performance Boost: Move Search Index to Another Physical Drive | Windows Vista Maintenance | Windows Tools, Help & Guides

For the logs I just went with the tutorial here and disabled most of them: SSD Tweaks and Optimizations in Windows 7[2]=Performance%20Maintenance

This pretty much matched up with the advise given at the OCZ forums... so I took it.
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30 May 2011   #5

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Thanks Fumz, appreciate that. Got to get to bed, but keep em coming everyone

A Guy
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30 May 2011   #6

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It's only 10:30 old man... don't make me drive by and throw stones at your windows...
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30 May 2011   #7

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Honestly, if space is not a problem, your better off just leave everything on the SSD.
Aside from User Folders as spce may become a issue.

The writes done by Temp, Web Browsers, PF etc (and even SuperFetch) are quite insignificant.
It would be quite difficult to wear the drive out with them being there, even if your doing some moderate writing to it yourself.

The reducing writes seems blown way out of proportion, and I believe is more geared towards the early Gen SSDs.
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30 May 2011   #8

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by A Guy View Post
Also looking for suggestions of what others have moved off the system SSD drive to save unnecessary writes (space isn't an issue for me). What have you all moved, and how did you do it? Thanks, A Guy
I didn't move a single thing off my SSD drive. I do have a standard hard drive installed, but I use that strictly for internet downloads, and storage space.

While I understand that there are limited writes to an SSD, I'm absolutely positive that I will have abandoned my SSD drive for a newer, faster, larger capacity model LONG before I ever reach that point. And with prices dropping steadily on SSD technology, it won't be too long before they aren't cost prohibitive. I mean, I see the 80GB Intel 320's for about $150 on NewEgg, which is 1/2 of what I spent on my X25-M G2.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Wishmaster View Post
The reducing writes seems blown way out of proportion, and I believe is more geared towards the early Gen SSDs.
I agree completely. I don't worry about it, at all.
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30 May 2011   #9
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Wishmaster View Post
Honestly, if space is not a problem, your better off just leave everything on the SSD.
Aside from User Folders as spce may become a issue.

The writes done by Temp, Web Browsers, PF etc (and even SuperFetch) are quite insignificant.
It would be quite difficult to wear the drive out with them being there, even if your doing some moderate writing to it yourself.

The reducing writes seems blown way out of proportion, and I believe is more geared towards the early Gen SSDs.


+1 Well said!
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30 May 2011   #10

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Thanks everyone, I wasn't going to obsess over it, but I did want to see what others have done. I'd think the event logs especially, would be a lot of writes. A Guy
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