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I've done it all. Read the guides, followed them and such. I just need help.

I'm trying to create a SSD boot drive, and have all my files goto my 1TB. I want the SSD to strictly remain OS. The guide here is good, but somewhere I messed up and wouldn't allow me to login.

Can someone guide me or show me another easier method to strictly make D;/ my download goto?
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All you have to do to make it your download goto drive is configure your web browser to always ask you where you want to save files before downloading.  That way, you always get to choose where they go, and therefore you'll always choose the hard drive.  If you're using Firefox, then I know for a fact that it will always remember the last location you chose and it'll offer that first when you begin selecting a location (it will start you at the last download location you chose).

 

So I'm understanding correctly what you want to do, then there's no reason to do anything else (no reason to follow any special guides or anything).

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+Rep

Thanks for the response.

Ok I set my downloads to the 1 TB drive.
How about my installation, or do I have to manually set that? AKA installing new programs from a disk.
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Thanks for the response.
Ok I set my downloads to the 1 TB drive.
How about my installation, or do I have to manually set that? AKA installing new programs from a disk.

You'll have to manually set that each time as changing it makes windows half corrupt.. In the fact that nothing that runs off "C:" I.E Windows media player will work.
I just have a folder on D: called "Program Files (x86) and change that each time I get an installer and (like just "D:" and it has worked fine for me so far. thumb.gif
 
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Awesome, I dont mind doing it manually then. I just dont want that extra junk on my C: drive. Any other tips you have for me?

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Awesome, I dont mind doing it manually then. I just dont want that extra junk on my C: drive. Any other tips you have for me?
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Thanks!
I'd suggest a 64GB drive if you're putting the bare OS on there. Of course 128GB is better value for money right now too.
I've got Windows 7 Ultimate x64 + Office 2010 + BF3 and all expansions to date with 5GB free on a 64GB SSD. I'd also suggest a 1TB 7,200RPM drive as a secondary and if you've got it in the budget/need it have a tertiary green for just data.

Also take a look at Seans guide, it's rather good and helpful/informative.
Also before you format/install to the SSD get the latest firmware, while it's safe to do so with stuff on I prefer to be safe and not take the risk smile.gif

Another tip is if you need to save space, the SSD can go almost anywhere.. Mines hanging from a power + SATA connector beneath my DVD drives. smile.gif
 
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post #7 of 16
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I notice when I went to install my Razer Anansi keyboard driver, it went straight to C: drive without asking me. How do I prevent this or is this necessary as its a driver.
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I have 3 different size SSDs in 3 different computers

64GB is fine as a boot drive with office... and maybe one or two games at a time. You will have to uninstall them if you want to play others. I use this for my Office/Work PC

128GB for me is the sweet spot... enough for most things you need.

256GB is the best price/value for me, this is the one I have the most of, and is what I need for. I use this for my gaming rigs and for my laptop (where I need the extra 128GB as I have no storage space)

So junk-wise... if you have 128GB then you are prob fine, but with 64GB you need to be more organised.

My tips:

1) Download CCleaner from piriform.com Use this to clear your temp files and caches on a weekly/monthly basis
2) Turn off system restore -> http://windows.microsoft.com/en-GB/windows7/Turn-System-Restore-on-or-off
3) Reduce the size of your recycle bin on C (or turn it off entirely) -> http://windows.microsoft.com/en-GB/windows7/Turn-System-Restore-on-or-off
4) Turn off hibernation -> http://support.microsoft.com/kb/920730
5) Set the virtual memory size manually -> http://windows.microsoft.com/is-IS/windows-vista/Change-the-size-of-virtual-memory

Hope these tips help,

DB
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I notice when I went to install my Razer Anansi keyboard driver, it went straight to C: drive without asking me. How do I prevent this or is this necessary as its a driver.

I would install all stuff like this on your C (SSD), they take near no space and will improve performance.

All drivers, all programs, install on your SSD for extra performance... only if you are really struggling for space then move programs to you HDD

Extra tip... turn off indexing for your SSD -> http://www.addictivetips.com/windows-tips/how-to-speed-up-your-computers-performance-by-turning-off-indexing-of-your-local-drive-in-windows-xp-and-vista/
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I have 3 different size SSDs in 3 different computers
64GB is fine as a boot drive with office... and maybe one or two games at a time. You will have to uninstall them if you want to play others. I use this for my Office/Work PC
128GB for me is the sweet spot... enough for most things you need.
256GB is the best price/value for me, this is the one I have the most of, and is what I need for. I use this for my gaming rigs and for my laptop (where I need the extra 128GB as I have no storage space)
So junk-wise... if you have 128GB then you are prob fine, but with 64GB you need to be more organised.
My tips:
1) Download CCleaner from piriform.com Use this to clear your temp files and caches on a weekly/monthly basis
2) Turn off system restore -> http://windows.microsoft.com/en-GB/windows7/Turn-System-Restore-on-or-off
3) Reduce the size of your recycle bin on C (or turn it off entirely) -> http://windows.microsoft.com/en-GB/windows7/Turn-System-Restore-on-or-off
4) Turn off hibernation -> http://support.microsoft.com/kb/920730
5) Set the virtual memory size manually -> http://windows.microsoft.com/is-IS/windows-vista/Change-the-size-of-virtual-memory
Hope these tips help,
DB

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Originally Posted by Del Boy View Post

I would install all stuff like this on your C (SSD), they take near no space and will improve performance.
All drivers, all programs, install on your SSD for extra performance... only if you are really struggling for space then move programs to you HDD
Extra tip... turn off indexing for your SSD -> http://www.addictivetips.com/windows-tips/how-to-speed-up-your-computers-performance-by-turning-off-indexing-of-your-local-drive-in-windows-xp-and-vista/

That guide I linked has all of that thumb.gif
But the biggest waste of space is the hibernation file.. It's the size of your RAM so I saved 16GB :s

Definitely keep the recycle bin on, that's a must smile.gif
As for smaller things like that, yeah they don't normally ask you. But drivers are better to be put on there anyway, I try and put all of my base drivers on the SSD. Like the logitech gaming framework etc.
 
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