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OK so i have a new system coming in today i need some help. I intend on having my 120Gb SSD as a boot drive and a 1.5TB HDD as a storage drive for my music and mass games but need help as that makes my brain hurt.

So here's the rundown. I want to partition the SSD so i have ~ 30GB(recommended size i read somewhere) to use as a cache. Then i want to use the rest of it to install windows and major things like battlefield 3 and planetside 2. Then i would use the 1.5tb HDD i got as a storage place for my massive steam folder and stuff like that. But my question is, how would the file manegment work(windows 7)? could i just cut the "users" folder and put it on the HDD? Then add a shortcut from the new place to where it was on the ssd and then it would be like nothing ever happened? But then where would i install drivers or where would i put BF3? This is really confusing me so if anyone could refer me somewhere that explains all of this to me or wants to do it themselves that would be a miracle. open to any in all suggestions-Thanks!
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Search for Sean's SSD - HDD install guide in this forum to answer all your questions and good luck!
 
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Easy.

Don't partition the SSD, just plop your OS and all your programs/drivers on there...games =/= programs.

Go into your user folders like music, pictures, documents, etc and go to each ones properties > location tab and change the folder location to the HDD.

Make a folder on the HDD and put steam on it and what ever else you like to do.
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Speaking of Sean...
 
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Easy.
Don't partition the SSD, just plop your OS and all your programs/drivers on there...games =/= programs.
Go into your user folders like music, pictures, documents, etc and go to each ones properties > location tab and change the folder location to the HDD.
Make a folder on the HDD and put steam on it and what ever else you like to do.

Ok but i was only goig to partition the ssd so i could use some as a cache. Should i just not even work about that? Im goig to be running on 8GB of ram an i heard from someone that having a cache on a ssd would help. Thanks for the replies guys.smile.gif
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What are you going to cache and how?
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Um....the system? Hah idk i was just going to set up some with srt.
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You have to do some sort of weird workaround for that if you are installing the OS on the SSD. Like reinstall twice, once after setting up SRT, then reinstall on the free space or something. And then you can only cache 18GB, not 30GB.

It is a waste of time, don't bother caching unless you have a dedicated drive for it.
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ok cool thanks for saving me the time and worry. Is there anything better thing to do thats not already listed for my set up? i think eventually in the far future ill look into that sandisk readycache.
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Originally Posted by QuatroDistorted View Post

ok cool thanks for saving me the time and worry. Is there anything better thing to do thats not already listed for my set up?
www.overclock.net/t/1156654/seans-windows-7-install-guide-optimization-for-ssds-hdds
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i think eventually in the far future ill look into that sandisk readycache.
You have the supporting chip set so just get another SSD and use SRT for the HDD if you like, no need for any special software/caching "system"...
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