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I bought a SSD which is setup just for the drivers and OS, it is only 32GB. I have a 1tb hard drive I am using for storage and programs but I have run into two programs. Well one I have to re-download some programs that I use to work with 3D animation and graphics, but it keeps trying to download the setup files on my C drive. How can I point it towards my storage drive? And also it won't let me install some of the programs because it is just an empty drive without a program files folder and stuff. Is there a way I can get around this? I am thinking about just installing the OS on both drives.
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post #2 of 11
Install it on your SSD and use this tool

http://www.overclock.net/ssd/853462-ssd-owners-must-have-app.html

works wonders for me, and it's not just meant for steam games either smile.gif
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post #3 of 11
1) There is no easy way to point your downloads to a non-OS drive because even if the file is saved to a different location your browser will download the contents as a temporary file on your C: drive and then later move the downloaded file to your storage drive, replacing the "filename.extension.part" file. As far as I know you can't change it.

2) You can install the actual program files anywhere you want. Some data (registry keys etc) will still be written to the OS drive. Just change the installation directory during setup.
post #4 of 11
Firefox?


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post #5 of 11
As stated earlier a lot of programs will download lil bits of information or saves to the C: drive no matter what. To my knowledge Idk how to change that. but for normal downloads just wooks in setting to redirect everything.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by kiwiasian;14277708 
1) There is no easy way to point your downloads to a non-OS drive because even if the file is saved to a different location your browser will download the contents as a temporary file on your C: drive and then later move the downloaded file to your storage drive, replacing the "filename.extension.part" file. As far as I know you can't change it.
Oh, that one is easy to change. Use Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Safari, or anything NOT IE.
Quote:
Originally Posted by HaVoK C89;14277766 
As stated earlier a lot of programs will download lil bits of information or saves to the C: drive no matter what. To my knowledge Idk how to change that. but for normal downloads just wooks in setting to redirect everything.

http://schinagl.priv.at/nt/hardlinkshellext/hardlinkshellext.html

You can redirect some folders elsewhere with this tool. Just move them, then make it think they're in the old location. wink.gif
Edited by Kramy - 7/20/11 at 7:24pm
     
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I know you can change the directory of downloads with FF...
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post #8 of 11
You have to manually set Chrome/Firefox/IE9 to download to your storage.

You can also make "Program Files", "Program Files (x86)" on your storage drive to install programs to. Then go into regedit and set your storage drive's directories as the default install directory. (Your gonna have to look up how to do that, I forget). That way, you can only install certain things that you need speed for on your SSD.

For example, this is my storage drive (I call it Extended)

Extended.png
    
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Hey!... you've got a "Stuff" folder too!

I tend to sort everything into categories, first and foremost. So Steam is in F:\Games\Steam - I also have F:\Games\GOG, etc.
     
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Kramy;14285287 
Hey!... you've got a "Stuff" folder too!

I tend to sort everything into categories, first and foremost. So Steam is in F:\Games\Steam - I also have F:\Games\GOG, etc.

lol I actually have two, when my download folder gets full I put it all into a subfolder called "Stuff", when it fills up again I will make "Stuff 2". The one you see is just for random stuff that doesn't fit anywhere else.
    
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