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Windows 7: How to choose installation directory for 3rd party software?

10 Dec 2011   #1
muhammadali

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 
Selecting installation directory for 3rd party softwares.

Usually we create more than one partitions of HDD. Here, we have two opinions; some people say one shouldn't install software in the operating system's drive (mostly C) and the other people oppose this concept.

These are my personal feelings that one shouldn't install software in OS' drive because it will give the 'typical HDD', somehow, a tough task. We will have to put more space for 'C' which will probably increase the seek time and maybe it will increase fragmentation on sectors.

So which is the best option to choose and what is the true concept behind selecting the directories?


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10 Dec 2011   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Unless you have a really compelling reason to install programs in another partition or another drive (e.g. if you have a small SSD for the OS and want to install large games), there should be no reason to divert the program installation. None of the arguments you listed convince me.
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10 Dec 2011   #3
muhammadali

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

@whs- Dear actually I am not going to convince anyone. I am asking the reason, you didn't mention it.
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10 Dec 2011   #4
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

You might take a gander at this thread:

Should I install programs in the same drive as Windows?
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10 Dec 2011   #5
Neutron16

Windows 8.1 ; Windows 7 x86 (Dec2008-Jan2013)
 
 

If installer is InstallShield based you can use the following command line options:
Code:
Setup.exe /v"INSTALLDIR=\"D:\My Files\""
Same thing is valid for MSI files.
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10 Dec 2011   #6
muhammadali

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

I've explored many discussions but couldn't find a proper and logical argument. Mostly people narrate their feelings. They like for others to follow what they have experienced (a human psyche). I want to know the performance differences, good or bad impacts as two different formulas yield with some difference.
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10 Dec 2011   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

My guess is that there would not be a big performance difference - if any. But I really have not measured it because all my systems run on SSDs and those are very fast by design. I never put any system files on a spinner.
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10 Dec 2011   #8
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Unless the performance differences were very noticeable, I would make the decision based on other factors, such as available space, partitions available, and the effect on imaging or other backup strategies. Those would be much more important to me that some milliseconds of performance difference, one way or the other.
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10 Dec 2011   #9
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote:
effect on imaging or other backup strategies
That is a good point. E.g. Win7 imaging will image all partitions where you have system files - even if you only wanted to image C: - no way to stop it to drag all the others along. And that can be a lot of stuff.
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