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Count on a 64-bit version of Win 7 to take every bit of 15gb (I have seen it take a bit more).So 15 for your OS and then all the stuff like Adobe Flash,reader.If you have 40 left over I would consider myself doing good.Anyway you can practice with the move methods detailed in the tutorial before you do it for real? I picked up a real small ssd(16gb) to practice with.Some people just head on in but I like to practice before I take on stuff I do not want to lose. Splitting up the "must have and the "can do with out" in Win 7 is going to take some experience.I bet there are several different viewpoints on just how to do what you ask.
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I'm pretty sure he means direct your browsers download folder to your hard drive not ssd, and your documents, photos, music, videos, etc libraries in Windows 7.

ahh i see.
how do i move the windows libraries to my hdd?
and what are some of the programs (on the left side of my desktop) that will benefit the most?
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It is detailed in Sean's SSD guide linked earlier. Your going to want to direct certain things to the storage drive that would usually be on the SSD by default.

^^ That. Seans guide is very good and that is one of my most important tips.
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ahh i see.
how do i move the windows libraries to my hdd?
and what are some of the programs (on the left side of my desktop) that will benefit the most?

You just chance the location of folder like My Picture, My Music, downloads,documents etc. in their respective properties tabs. Sean's Install Guide has the steps in there to follow. From your desktop pic the only thing I see that I'd put on the SSD is firefox( forgot I also have that on my SSD), Chrome, CCCleaner and BF3 if that is 1 of your Origin games. Of course any program that you use a lot will be that much faster to access if its on the SSD.
Edited by EVILNOK - 2/28/12 at 9:31pm
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how do i move the windows libraries to my hdd?
In my guide, right click a folder in your user folder > properties > location tab.
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and what are some of the programs (on the left side of my desktop) that will benefit the most?
Everything on the left...install on the SSD, put all apps on the SSD.
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When you do a clean build, make sure that you move all of your download and library directories to your secondary hard drive.

what do you mean by this?
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I'm pretty sure he means direct your browsers download folder to your hard drive not ssd, and your documents, photos, music, videos, etc libraries in Windows 7.

ahh i see.
how do i move the windows libraries to my hdd?
and what are some of the programs (on the left side of my desktop) that will benefit the most?

Right click the library in the explorer window and it will show you where it is reading and storing files. As for the programs, I would say you have quite a bit of room to install most of the programs shown there. In my scenario, I've installed a bunch of software suites and still have 90GB left on my drive. After Seans guide, you should have ~40GB of room, so a few games, Office 2010, Photoshop or Premiere, etc. you will still have a bit of room.
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thanks guys! further input is wanted. specific tips are nice.
i will have time to create a plan
and i will definitely follow sean's guide/
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Basically leave your HDD as it is AND UNPLUG IT. Install teh OS on teh SSD follow teh guide, then plug back in and start setting up the HDD how you like.


How to: Use old OS HDD as a data drive after installing a SSD! Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
What is this?
This how you can migrate your data from your old OS HDD into your system once you have reinstalled a new SSD or HDD.

  • If your personal data is backed up to another drive then:
    1. Open the Start Menu, type diskpart, press Enter
    2. Type list disk, press Enter
    3. Type select disk X (where X is the number your drive shows up as), press Enter
    4. Type clean, press Enter
    5. Type create partition primary, press Enter
    6. Type active, press Enter
    7. Type format quick fs=ntfs, press Enter
    8. Type assign, press Enter
    9. Type exit, press Enter

  • If you can't save your personal data to another medium you can do...

    Option 1: Okay option
    Once you have windows installed you can usually just delete all the folders on the HDD that are part of the old OS and the ones you don't need. (make sure you delete hidden files and partitions that may be on there as well)

    Option 2: Better option to me, will take longer.
    1. Shrink the old HDD OS partition. (link)
    2. Then make a new partition on the HDD in the free space. (link)
    3. Then move the personal files to the new partition, like you movies, documents, pictures, etc.
    4. Now you may have to keep shrinking and expanding the partitions as you do this depending on how much free space you have on your drive.
    5. When done moving your files delete the older OS partition and the MSR one if it is there too.
    6. Then expand the new partition into the left over free space.

  • Next redirect your user folders to the storage HDD.

    Move user folder locations to Secondary HDD:
    1. Right click your folder (ex. My pictures)
    2. Click Properties
    3. Click the Location tab
    4. Change the destination to your other HDD (ex. D:\Pictures)
      Note 1: Recommended, I do this myself for my user folders (ex. My Documents, My pictures, Desktop, etc.)
      Note 2: If there are two of the same folder in teh User folder after the move (ie. My Documents "A" and My Documents "B") you should delete the empty one located on the C: drive. (May need to go into safe mode to delete it) Do not delete the other User folders, only duplicates that come up after the move within the User folder.
      Note 3: If the folder already exists that you are linking it to you may want to merge the folders.

      Video Tut:
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Originally Posted by Sean Webster View Post

Basically leave your HDD as it is. Install teh OS on teh SSD follow teh guide, then start setting up the HDD how you like.


How to: Use old OS HDD as a data drive after installing a SSD! Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
What is this?
This how you can migrate your data from your old OS HDD into your system once you have reinstalled a new SSD or HDD.

  • If your personal data is backed up to another drive then:
    1. Open the Start Menu, type diskpart, press Enter
    2. Type list disk, press Enter
    3. Type select disk X (where X is the number your drive shows up as), press Enter
    4. Type clean, press Enter
    5. Type create partition primary, press Enter
    6. Type active, press Enter
    7. Type format quick fs=ntfs, press Enter
    8. Type assign, press Enter
    9. Type exit, press Enter

  • If you can't save your personal data to another medium you can do...

    Option 1: Okay option
    Once you have windows installed you can usually just delete all the folders on the HDD that are part of the old OS and the ones you don't need. (make sure you delete hidden files and partitions that may be on there as well)

    Option 2: Better option to me, will take longer.
    1. Shrink the old HDD OS partition. (link)
    2. Then make a new partition on the HDD in the free space. (link)
    3. Then move the personal files to the new partition, like you movies, documents, pictures, etc.
    4. Now you may have to keep shrinking and expanding the partitions as you do this depending on how much free space you have on your drive.
    5. When done moving your files delete the older OS partition and the MSR one if it is there too.
    6. Then expand the new partition into the left over free space.

  • Next redirect your user folders to the storage HDD.

    Move user folder locations to Secondary HDD:
    1. Right click your folder (ex. My pictures)
    2. Click Properties
    3. Click the Location tab
    4. Change the destination to your other HDD (ex. D:\Pictures)
      Note 1: Recommended, I do this myself for my user folders (ex. My Documents, My pictures, Desktop, etc.)
      Note 2: If there are two of the same folder in teh User folder after the move (ie. My Documents "A" and My Documents "B") you should delete the empty one located on the C: drive. (May need to go into safe mode to delete it) Do not delete the other User folders, only duplicates that come up after the move within the User folder.
      Note 3: If the folder already exists that you are linking it to you may want to merge the folders.

      Video Tut:

Sean, your guide is so epic. I can't get over how many times I've referred to it. cheers.gif

edit: can you move app data to another drive?
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Sean, your guide is so epic. I can't get over how many times I've referred to it. cheers.gif
LOL, thanks, over summer I am going to be doing a lot more editing in the storage section and have a few more guides up, things may be set up a little differently and you will have a single stickies essentials thread to look into for everything. biggrin.gif
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edit: can you move app data to another drive?
yes, look here: http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/124198-user-profiles-create-move-during-windows-7-installation.html

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This tutorial shows how to relocate both Users and ProgramData to another disk or partition when doing a new, fresh and clean install of Windows 7. If you have already installed Seven, and you'd like to move those folders away from their default location in C: drive, please read first post number 22 in this thread. Follow the steps told in that post, and continue then from beginning of the page 4 in this tutorial.
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