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Hey - I've been searching for this and after reading a handful of threads and a few of the guides on here - I'm getting a headache. I don't really understand most of what is being said in the guides. I've also never used more than 1 drive so I still don't know a lot about managing the two.

My questions are - A lot of people say to use SSDs to run applications and then use the HDD for storage. How do you go about doing that? I'm going to attempt to follow the guide about moving the user files. But - is there any disadvantage to putting my music/video files on my second drive which doesn't include "My Libraries". Can I just copy the User file onto my second HDD? and then delete the original off my SSD?

Same thing goes for Program Files. I only have a 64GB SSD - how would I go about installing some programs on my SSD and others on my HDD? And what do I do about programs that default install to the C: drive - after they are installed can I just copy them down?

Sorry if these questions have been asked before. I've been searching for the past couple days but can't come up with anything.
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Main advantage of the SSD is the read speed, always put the OS on the SSD because it will boot dang quick..and be very snappy, most-used applications(including games) are next..you have to decide which you want to go quickest by how much space you have. And yes, storage is for music..photos..etc..applications you dont use much and dont need to load up quick.

When you install a program, you will have an option to pick where to install it. If you have already installed them, you need to uninstall and reinstall in the correct drive.(moving will mess with registry stuff..not fun)

Here is my setup for example

128GB Crucial M4(SataIII..my new main quickest SSD) - OS/Applications
120GB Vertex 2(SataII My old SSD that I decided to keep for space reasons) - Games only
2TB HD - Everything else..main backups, music, documents...etc.
Edited by neonlazer - 10/20/11 at 1:30pm
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I'll try to tackle some of this, and if anyone else sees a flaw in what I'm saying then by all means correct me.

You want to install the is on the ssd (c, drive), along with a game or two that you play frequently. You can then make a program files folder on you do drive (mech hdd), to install the rest of your programs. You can also then add your media files to the mechanical harddrive, and add those folders to the corresponding /user/media folders (music, videos, etc)

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So - to install my media on the secondary drive - it is ok to just copy down my user file and then delete my original user file?

Also - what do I do about programs that default install to the C: drive? Like steam - when I went to download it and install - it started installing on the C: drive.
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Media as in videos, music, and photos?(lol dumb question eh? making sure ) Yes, move them over to the HD and then delete them from SSD.

The installer for Steam should have asked you where to install it, because I was able to install it on second SSD. Only problem with steam is everything installed with it(games) have to be in the that directory.

There is a way to change the place that Steam games files can be place..but it's not really simple. Here is the topic explaining what to do. http://forums.steampowered.com/forum...d.php?t=664376
Edited by neonlazer - 10/20/11 at 1:42pm
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Hmm - I don't know why it did that before - probably wasn't looking at it right. Anyway - I think I have an idea as to what I'm doing now.

I'm going to install the new firmware and then format and follow that guide about moving user files - and then I think I'll get the program files thing under control too. Thanks for the help xD
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I would just move the actual media files and leave the user folder alone.
Also, here is some info on inatalling/moving the steam dir

https://support.steampowered.com/kb_...7710-tdlc-0426

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Actually a little tip, if you like to use the shortcuts in the start menu(Documents, Photos, Music, etc) You can right click on Music and select Properites..then delete old folders that are there on default, then add the new folder you moved the files into..So pretty much just have a Music, Photo folders in HD and add them under each catagory. VERY useful
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That is a good tip - but how do you manage downloads then? Aren't those placed in your user file?
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That is a good tip - but how do you manage downloads then? Aren't those placed in your user file?
I use the default downloads folder, I don't hog downloads after they have been used.(unless it's a large file..then i move it to HD)
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