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Yeah so i need a little help figuring out how to use an 80gb SSD to boot windows and commonly used programs and how to store saved data and such to your HDD.
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You'd install windows to your SSD and your steam folder / games / whatever to the SSD.

I'm afraid I don't see what you're asking.
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Here's everything you need to know http://www.overclock.net/ssd/929553-...p-secrets.html I used it and it works fantastic......upped my WEI score from 6.4 to 7.2
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Update the SSDs firmware first. Set your controller in the BIOS to AHCI or RAID. I would just set it to RAID to leave things open for RAIDing storage drives or whatever in the future.

Install Windows, install latest drivers, and then follow this guide once you're up and running. I don't recommend disabling your pagefile though. I've just always heard the argument against it being some programs rely on it for one thing or another, and disabling it can cause issues. I just don't bother.
Edited by Kaldari - 6/19/11 at 4:24am
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Thanks for the info and guides, exactly what i needed. rep +
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In addition to the guides posted, with Windows 7 you can also "move location" for any of your My Documents folders. I moved 'My Pictures' 'My Music' 'My Videos' and 'Downloads' from my C: drive to D: drive because they take up a lot of space. They still link up to your My Documents folder just like they normally would too. If you don't know how to do it, there's a write up on here, I can find it for you.
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post #7 of 10
Format whatever drive your 7 is on and then install it on the SSD.
Most of todays boards with the latest updates pick them up fine.

I didn't need to tweak any settings but Kaldari does make a good point.
Note:
Never defrag an SSD, always leave 20% or so free space to maximize life/performance.
Edited by amstech - 6/19/11 at 10:05am
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Originally Posted by matty_AFC View Post
Yeah so i need a little help figuring out how to use an 80gb SSD to boot windows and commonly used programs and how to store saved data and such to your HDD.
Like this:
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...-location.html

Use method 2. First create a temporary account when you install windows. Then make the registry changes listed in method 2, and then after you do that, make the permanent account, log into it, and delete the temporary account.

It doesn't say it in the guide, but you should also switch the public library to the HDD as well. Leave default and Program Data on the SSD.

Also a good idea to put your page file on the HDD. Not having a page file is a bad idea. There's a lot of information on this. Getting rid of it does not cause what used to be in it to be in RAM nor does it speed things up at all. It can actually lower performance and/or cause certain programs to not work.
Edited by timAHH - 6/19/11 at 2:41pm
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Sounds good. Now I have an Intel X25-M and two WD Caviar Blacks (X25-M being 160GB, the Caviars being 500GB and 640GB), so I think I could make something work amongst all three of them somehow. Might have to consider a good way to get this going properly.
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