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Alright, so I'm about to start my first build.
I have one 500GB hard drive that I will be using for the whole system for now.
I want to partition it into two partitions so one would be for Windows 7, and the other for data and games. I will be leaving the OS partition to 80GB and the rest will be for the data and games.
What I am wondering is if I should move my user folder to the ~420GB partition or leave it on the 80GB. I've never really partitioned before so yeah.
I know how to relocate your My Documents folder and such by going to the properties and targeting it to my D: partition in my case. I don't know how to make is so that whenever I download and install a program, it would be on my D: drive instead going to my C: (OS) partition. Any help on that would be great. Also is there any other important folders that I should relocate to the D: folder? Thanks.

Edit: If I were to back up using Acronis True Image, do I have to make an image of both partitions when I back up? Sorry for all the questions.
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I have 3TB in space overall, i have:
492GB for OS-1
439GB for OS-2
842GB for Data storage
0.99TB of Un-used data storage

Works out well
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Did you like install all your programs into the OS drive?
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Make the OS partition large enough to install ALL of your programs and games and install everything there. Only put actual data on the second partition. Otherwise you will force the heads of the drive to have to move more to read the games from the second partition slowing it down.
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If you save alot of files in 'My Documents' then you should move it.
and maybe make the os partition bigger

to change the default installation location:
start regedit
search for key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE SOFTWARE\\Microsoft\\Windows\\CurrentVersion
double click on the key ProgramFilesDir
edit his key by the new path for the installation folder.
(eg D:\\Program Files)

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Originally Posted by iJustin View Post
I don't know how to make is so that whenever I download and install a program, it would be on my D: drive instead going to my C: (OS) partition. Any help on that would be great. Also is there any other important folders that I should relocate to the D: folder? Thanks.

Edit: If I were to back up using Acronis True Image, do I have to make an image of both partitions when I back up? Sorry for all the questions.
Which browser do you use? for IE
start regedit
search for: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\\Software\\Microsoft\\Internet Explorer
create new String value with key: "Download Directory"
set value to a new directory (eg: D:\\Downloads)

for firefox and chrome, just specify it in the options
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Make the OS partition large enough to install ALL of your programs and games and install everything there. Only put actual data on the second partition. Otherwise you will force the heads of the drive to have to move more to read the games from the second partition slowing it down.
Oh okay, that helped a lot. Thanks for the replies guys! Helped me a lot, I'm just going to put everything in one partition as I have barely and documents or anything. Thanks!
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