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Windows 7: How do i configure my Program Files located at different partition

25 Jul 2014   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
How do i configure my Program Files located at different partition

Hi Admins and Experts,

i have this issue. i installed Win7 Ultimate 64-bit OS on my SSD (120GB only and mainly for OS only), then i have attached a separate 500GB (2.5inch) for purely for Data and Program Files. i did this so i could boot fast. it is working but the problem is, when i tried to run such as BattleField3, Max Payne, Assassin's Creed, etc, the games loading is very slow.. as in super slow, sometime i thought it hanged but it is not. once it loads, it is also lagging. is there any script or i need to configure to tell my system immediately that my Program Files for that program is located at D:\Program Files\..\..\ and not in C:\Program Files\..\..\.\?

i tried installing the games in C:\Program Files\..\ and it is loading fast so meaning it has no issue.

please help. thanks a lot..

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25 Jul 2014   #2


I would not have Program files on an external HD which is throttled some by the USB controller. You'd want them on an internal HD, and ideally the C partition since they write registry keys that integrate them into the OS so should remain a part of it until they are uninstalled.

I wouldn't even have data on an external except as a backup. YOu can move your data to another partition or hard drive and then link it's User Folders - Change Default Location
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26 Jul 2014   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit

hi gregrocker,

thanks for the reply.. actually the other harddisk is an internal drive as well.. i had created a new Program Files folder on my drive D for the big games i am playing. thanks also for the tips on how to move. i will try it and update..
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26 Jul 2014   #4


If you use WIndows Backup Imaging it will want to include the data partition in the image since System files are moved there when you move any User folders.

A way around this is to instead copy your User folders to the data partition, rightclick each to add to Library - Include a Folder - Windows 7 Forums and then set as default Library - Set Save Folder - Windows 7 Help Forums.

Once the data folders appear in Library, you can delete the C folder's content but leave the empty C User folder in the Library so that if anything lands there you can see in in the Library view and drag it easily to D User folder.

Either way works fine. Moving User folders sometimes requires surgery to reset to Defaults and then move again (or not), while Libraries are less work.
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