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Hi everyone.

I'm finally going to buy a SSD for my OS only. Everything else I'm going to store on my HDD.

The SSD I think I'm getting is: Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB

My question is, since I'm brand new at the whole SSD thing:
Once I've installed Windows onto it, how do I make sure everything else like graphics card drivers, applications, videos and pictures go onto the HDD?

It seems whenever I update my graphics card drivers, it never asks me where I want to save or install it. It just automatically does it.

Since the SSD is only 64GB, I don't want to be accidentally filling it up with drivers and programs that should go onto the HDD.

Another question: Should I put all drivers, programs and apps on the SSD too? Or are they fine on the HDD. What about games?
I have a pretty huge Steam collection of games. Where should they go?

Thanks to anyone who can help me
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Hi everyone.
I'm finally going to buy a SSD for my OS only. Everything else I'm going to store on my HDD.
The SSD I think I'm getting is: Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB
My question is, since I'm brand new at the whole SSD thing:
Once I've installed Windows onto it, how do I make sure everything else like graphics card drivers, applications, videos and pictures go onto the HDD?
It seems whenever I update my graphics card drivers, it never asks me where I want to save or install it. It just automatically does it.
Since the SSD is only 64GB, I don't want to be accidentally filling it up with drivers and programs that should go onto the HDD.
Another question: Should I put all drivers, programs and apps on the SSD too? Or are they fine on the HDD. What about games?
I have a pretty huge Steam collection of games. Where should they go?
Thanks to anyone who can help me
D

right, you dont want to accidently to fill up your SSD, i have the same SSD for my OS and its just great, for my personal use, i install windows + all updates on the SSD, windows live, anti virus and all sorts of drivers (gpu, printer, audio, network etc etc) are all on my SSD.
Skype, steam, non steam games, all sorts of other programs like microsoft word are all installed on my HDD. you might want to manually change the directory of programs that download stuff to your HDD, for example, browsers, skype, torrent programs, and everything else that takes space usually on C (ssd) are changed to the HDD. once you do that you should be good smile.gif i never had problems after i've done that.

plus dont forget to update your firmware (its the first thing i've done and i think you should too)
i hope that was helpful information good luck and gz on your SSD thumb.gif
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I wouldn't recommend installing your graphics drivers on a secondary drive, something like that really needs to be installed to your local disk.

As for steam, there is a guide somewhere you can install the Steam app on the SSD and have the games and chunky files install to the storage drive. I personally just have all of my primary apps on my SSD and Steam installed to the secondary drive.
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I also have the Crucial M4 64GB and like these guys have said, programs and drivers that are essential to system operation definitely need to be on the SSD and maybe a few that you use often. Video drivers, printer drivers, and all that. Games and minor programs could go on the HDD. I personally have OS, drivers, anti-virus, firewall, photoshop, illustrator, and like one game on my SSD and have like 17GB left. Videos, Pictures, documents and personal stuff like that should go to the HDD. You can right click on "My Pictures", "My Videos", and "My Documents" and change the link to where your stuff is at.

Also, look through Sean Webster's Epic Win7 install guide for SSDs. It'll save you alot of space, specially on these smaller SSDs.
     
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