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Currently I have my 500GB drive only, it's got of course Windows and everything on it. Today I'll be installing my 80GB G2.

My question is, would there be any drawback to just doing a fresh install of 7 on my SSD, then creating a new user (with the existing username) and pointing all the registry keys towards the User folder I've been using all along on the 500GB drive? I'm fine with reinstalling all of my content for best performance, although I think I can avoid it with steam, but I guess my question is, can I get by without ever moving my users folder on my mechanical drive?
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Yeah, but you won't have to edit the Registry. Instead, just right-click any folder in C:\\Users\\un1b4ll, choose Properties, switch to the Location tab, and then the rest should be self-explanatory.

Plus, you won't have to create a new user account.
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Some programs might not work right if you do it that way, best thing is to just go from a clean format that way there are no conflicts between old and new items Good luck and hope you enjoy the new SSD!
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post #4 of 12
you could, but since they will still be on the HDD they will net benefit from the SSD speed. They will work fine though if that is all you are worried about. I prefer doing a clean install whenever I get a new SSD just so that I am sure everything is running at its fastest!

If you don't mind them running at the current speed then just leave them on the HDD or if you want to access the programs faster then reinstall everything that you can fit on the SSD. The more you put on the SSD the slower it will get though. It will still be WAY faster than a HDD though so don't worry too much.
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post #5 of 12
Here's a great guide for setting up the users folder on a different drive during a fresh install

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/w...2-4f56aebb296e

It's how I did it anyway...
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So the idea would be to have the OS and maybe 1-2 games on the SSD, then have the users folder be on the mechanical hard drive, since that's where the meat and potatoes of my content is, if that makes sense.
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Originally Posted by un1b4ll View Post
So the idea would be to have the OS and maybe 1-2 games on the SSD, then have the users folder be on the mechanical hard drive, since that's where the meat and potatoes of my content is, if that makes sense.
Are you by chance referring to your folders in C:\\Users\\You?
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So the idea would be to have the OS and maybe 1-2 games on the SSD, then have the users folder be on the mechanical hard drive, since that's where the meat and potatoes of my content is, if that makes sense.
Look up steam mover. It's basically a gui for something you could do yourself with a command line, but it makes it easy and convenient. It moves your steam games between the SSD and HD and sets up links so steam doesn't know the difference.
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Are you by chance referring to your folders in C:\\Users\\You?
Yes sir, for reference, here's the workflow i'm fixin to base this off of:

http://www.overclock.net/ssd/664738-...secondary.html

I guess I'm just wondering how I can fit this workflow into an already set-up existing hard drive with users, program files, etc

Sorry for being so vague, this is a really hard question to ask!
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Originally Posted by un1b4ll View Post
Yes sir, for reference, here's the workflow i'm fixin to base this off of:

http://www.overclock.net/ssd/664738-...secondary.html

I guess I'm just wondering how I can fit this workflow into an already set-up existing hard drive with users, program files, etc

Sorry for being so vague, this is a really hard question to ask!
If it were up to me, then I would start fresh since you're upgrading to a solid state drive. Plus, there's Steam Mover:

http://www.traynier.com/software/steammover

However, C:\\Users\\You is special: after installation, navigate to C:\\Users\\You, right-click any folder in there, choose Properties, switch to the Location tab, and then point it to the ones on your hard drive (which I'd guess would be like D:\\Users\\You or something).
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