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Hey guys,

Currently I have my Vertex 2 set up as the main boot drive and I installed all my chipset and mobo drivers on there, for the big stuff I install it on my Caviar Black and just change the program destination to D instead of C.

With that said, now that I have just reformatted my SSD, do I need to redownload my applications such as Firefox etc? Or can I just make a copy of the icon to my desktop form my Caviar and run it just as is.


Thanks guys!
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Oh and I never did the switching of the users to my HDD, just put the program files folde ron my HDD and thats it.
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If all the programs are installed on the HDD, then all you need is a shortcut to the application.
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If all the programs are installed on the HDD, then all you need is a shortcut to the application.
Awesome thanks! Could you please clarify for me why people want to put their Users folder onto the HDD then? So if I want to format my version of windows, all I would have to do is erase my SSD, reinstall windows onto the SSD and then I would have all my applications still intact on the HDD?
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Hmm whats weird is that I am trying to play some games from my old program files and it just wont load up saying im missing some .dll files
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Probably missing the registry entries from the installation, and maybe the dll files too... all of that would have been on your C:\\ drive.
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You have to reinstall most apps. For example...

Firefox won't have a profile (It's in your user profile folder on C:\\, unless you get a Portable version)

Most games won't have the proper dependancies installed. (Though if you use Steam, it takes care of reinstalling everything.)

Many programs make changes to the registry, install files to C:\\Windows\\System32, etc. - these programs will have files missing until they are reinstalled.
     
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You have to reinstall most apps. For example...

Firefox won't have a profile (It's in your user profile folder on C:\\, unless you get a Portable version)

Most games won't have the proper dependancies installed. (Though if you use Steam, it takes care of reinstalling everything.)

Many programs make changes to the registry, install files to C:\\Windows\\System32, etc. - these programs will have files missing until they are reinstalled.
Thanks for this answer, makes everything much more clear. Basically, with the exception of Steam, if I reformat my system then best bet is to just remove the program files from the HDD as well and reinstall everything?

There is no simple way to keep all the programs you installed from before and just format the SSD only and put everything back?

Because what I was thinking was that I could just move the user profile over to the HDD as well and whenever I reformat my computer, just erase the SSD, reinstall Windows and I would still have all my programs safe in my HDD, but i guess it doesnt work that way
Edited by tianh - 8/17/11 at 7:29pm
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