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post #31 of 73
So yes, main reason for your guide is to conserve space. If space isn't the factor, it is still beneficial, in every way, to keep these kind of files in the SSD for optimal performance?
post #32 of 73
I think I'll bump this thread since I am planning to install Windows soon on my newly purchased m4 for laptop smile.gif Will help me find the thread later on.
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subbed tahnks for the info!
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post #34 of 73
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Originally Posted by UsedPaperclip;15181216 
Once Windows is waiting for a username and password, press CTRL+ALT+F3. This will cause Windows to reboot and then it will load up without drivers in audit mode.

I think it's CTRL + SHIFT + F3
post #35 of 73
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Originally Posted by XSCounter;15369852 
I think it's CTRL + SHIFT + F3

You're right! +1 for the typo correction.
post #36 of 73
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Originally Posted by UsedPaperclip;15181216 
7)Open a command prompt and type: cd c:\windows\system32\sysprep

I am stuck at this step. Keep getting "syntax is incorrect" frown.gif
post #37 of 73
I just wish I could leave only Adobe and Office on the main drive while keeping all the other programs on another drive. No big deal though as at least this guide doesn't create quite so many problems as the other guide does creating multiple users, etc.

Two question topics:

Will STEAM mover still work with this setup? Is that program easy to use and relatively non problematic?

Will this guide allow me to creative a recovery partition when all setup? The other guide errors out and will not let you, but I don't know how intelligent Windows 7 is and if it will still work in this guide. If you can could you tell me if I have to do anything different than normal? Thanks.

If both the above answers are yes then I will def. setup my wife's PC with this guide.
post #38 of 73
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Originally Posted by kevindd992002;15217330 
So yes, main reason for your guide is to conserve space. If space isn't the factor, it is still beneficial, in every way, to keep these kind of files in the SSD for optimal performance?

If this is indeed a question I will simply say there are less writes to the SSD keeping performance up and more importantly the lifespan.
post #39 of 73
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Originally Posted by infected rat;15211085 
Yes, if you move your entire AppData/ProgramData folder structure over to a mechanical drive then all programs which frequenty make use of those folders will run slower. They must do since HDD access times are way lower than those for SSDs. How much you will notice that is a matter of debate. For example Firefox will have all its cache and session data on a mechanical drive and I clearly notice drive access as you navigate around with this type of setup.

Personally I would leave all these data structures on the SSD to enjoy the full speed benefit of the drive. Worrying about limiting the writes from these things is, in my view, overly excessive. These sort of guides were useful for the first generation of SSDs where it was really important to limit writes but SSDs have been way more durable and usable for generations now.

I can also see use for this setup in very specific situations, but for general use it's just throwing performance away.

Personally, most people should be fine keeping their programs on the SSD and User folder on a secondary drive given that is where most the data and storage is. If you have a lot of games installed use STEAM mover. Problem solved as you still get quick boot times and quick access to programs. I use a 2TB RAID 0 for my secondary drive so I still see fast performance.
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The answers are yes for both questions wink.gif
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