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Windows 7: In need of simplified install instructions for SSD (please read).

17 Jun 2011   #51
essenbe

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider
 
 

Let me give you an explanation of what WHS was talking about. I have a password manager that stores and encrypts my passwords and automatically inserts them into a login page when I get there. It's default location to store my passwords is C/Users/my Documents. If I move my documents to another drive, it dosen't have a place to store the passwords. I go into settings and change the default location to E/Users?my Documents. WHS was avoiding having to do that.


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17 Jun 2011   #52
Anesthetize

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit.
 
 

Okay, so I'm a little confused now.

I have the partition made. Went for a hearty 300GB as I'll be using Fraps a lot when I get up and running which records videos continuously while playing a game, and that can take quite a bit of space.

Now I need to define folders? I looked at the tutorial you posted a link to and got confused almost instantly. Basically, I need the commonly used folders like Program Files, Program Files (x86), Documents, Music etc. I'm assuming there's an easy way to populate the partition with these folders, or do they have to be made manually?

I'll take another look at the tutorial. But they tend to raise too many questions that would probably take a while to answer. Here, I feel the help is more direct, and I can process the information better. I hope you don't mind
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17 Jun 2011   #53
essenbe

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider
 
 

All program files and program files X86 need to be on C drive, leave them alone. Create a folder on the new partiton, name it users, go to C/ Users, open it highlight and copy the contents and paste them into the file you created on the new partition. Next, go back to your desktop, click start, go up to your username can click on your username. You wil see your user files ie. my documents , my music . Take those one at a time highlight them, right click and select properties. In properties there will be a location tab, click that. It shows you the location of the file which will be c/users, beneath that is a button named move, click that, it will open up a box, in that box navigate to your new user file on the other disk or partition and find the file of the same name. Select it and click apply, when the dialog box comes up asking to move the files you have to click yes. If you don't click yes you will have user files in both locations. Do that for each file that has a location tab in properties. Some will not. Leave them alone, those are junction points. After you are finished moving files you can always check that it was successful bu going to my music or my documents in explorer and click properties, it should show you the location you just moved them to. ie. D/Users/your name/my music, or for documents D/ users/your name/my documents. It really sounds more complicated than it is. When you open explorer you will see Documents, music ect. open those (those are the files you could not move) inside you will see for example if you click documents, inside you will see my documents just as normal, but they will actually reside on the new disk or partition. That is the way I do it. WHS does it a little different. To do it his way read his explanation.

In case this is not clear, you are simply moving user files from C/Users/Your name/ my documents to E/ users/your name/my documents. If E is the disk or partition you are relocating them to. If your data HD or partition is F then you are moving them to F/users/your name/my music or F/users/ your name/my documents.
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17 Jun 2011   #54
Anesthetize

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit.
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by essenbe View Post
All program files and program files X86 need to be on C drive, leave them alone. Create a folder on the new partiton, name it users, go to C/ Users, open it highlight and copy the contents and paste them into the file you created on the new partition.
AAARRGH! Stuck already. I get this far and while copying, I get:

The action can't be completed because the file is open in System

Close the file and try again

NTUSER.DAT


That file, and maybe more after it doesn't want to copy over because it's apparently in use elsewhere. Any ideas?

EDIT: With these problems I'm getting, would it be easier to do a clean install of Windows? or is that too drastic?
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17 Jun 2011   #55
essenbe

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider
 
 

Only a guess. Create another admin account. shut down, restart and login under the new admin account. navigate to C/users/your otigional user name/and try to move the files. If that works, shut down, restart login under your original user account, verify they were moved, and delete the second user account you created. or you can change it to a regular user account if you would like. But, the second account you create must be an administrator account. You do not have to assign it a password.
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17 Jun 2011   #56
essenbe

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider
 
 

Also, you asked earlier about hibernation. when you run that command, you are supposed to see nothing happen. Like WHS told you, if hibernation is not one of the shutdown options then you know it worked and there is no hibernation file.
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17 Jun 2011   #57
essenbe

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider
 
 

Also, you may want to re-read WHS's instructions. He teaches computers and knows more than me. I understand his concepy but only sort of. I have all mu uer files on another HD and have no user files on my SSDs, only OS and programs. Keeps it small and offers protection for the user files. Whatever way you do it. Set up a backup program. I use at least 2 imaging programs and backup to a dedicated internal hard drive and 2 external hard drives. (rule #1- never trust a hard drive.) I use Microsoft Synctoy to backup my user files the same way. As soon as you have the system set up the way you want it, make system Images of it and keep them. That way you can simply reimage and never have to reinstall again.
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17 Jun 2011   #58
essenbe

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider
 
 

Here are 2 Tutorials about moving user folders

Tutorial #1

Tutorial #2
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17 Jun 2011   #59
Anesthetize

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit.
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by essenbe View Post
Only a guess. Create another admin account. shut down, restart and login under the new admin account. navigate to C/users/your otigional user name/and try to move the files. If that works, shut down, restart login under your original user account, verify they were moved, and delete the second user account you created. or you can change it to a regular user account if you would like. But, the second account you create must be an administrator account. You do not have to assign it a password.
Okay, I done this. But the copy still didn't go smoothly. It was saying did I want to copy and replace other files, did I want to merge folders etc. I just said yes to it all :P

I think everything else was moved from C to E as explained. But I am so beyond confused at this point, I really don't know why I'm doing any of this to be honest. Even when it's explained, it just goes straight over my head. And I'd feel much better starting from scratch, as I can't guarantee things were done right on my end.

So I'll ask this: is there an easy way to completely wipe both the SSD and HDD of data/OS/files etc. so I can do a clean install of Windows 7? If not, I'll try to sort out what feels like the mess I've made of things.

Thanks for all the help so far, I just wish I was a bit more knowledgeable with all this so everyone's explainations made complete sense to me.
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17 Jun 2011   #60
essenbe

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider
 
 

What makes you think you have made a mess of things? Are all user files on the Spinning hard drive?
Do they show up on the c drive - when you click computer, in the left column are your libraries. If you click on documents do you see them, if you click on my music do you see it?
Tell me why you think you have messed thinks up.
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