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need some help with my SSD and installing games to HDD

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Is there a way to turn off everything from installing to my SSD, and make the computer think the HDD is were everything should be installed automatically?
i have a 64 GB SSD and for the last couple months i have been babying it because i only have like 1 to 3 GB at any given time free on the SSD
but a ton of extra space still left on my 1.5 TB HDD.
i try to relocate things as i install them away from the SSD but it doesnt always happen.
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All you have to do is change the directory path when installing, you can keep its default directory and just change the drive letter before clicking install thumb.gif
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thats what i have been doing i just wondered if there was a way to make it so all installs go straight to the HDD by default instead of the SSD

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You will require a single registry edit on 32 bit installations, or 2 edits on a 64 bit installation, as indicated below:

First, after installing Windows, create a directory on your D:\ drive called "Program Files" (or whatever drive letter is associated with your secondary HDD). If you are running a 64bit version of Windows, also create a directory called “Program Files (x86)”.
DO NOT delete these directories from your C:\ drive (the SSD). You will ultimately use these for programs you want on your SSD.

Next, open registry editor by pushing your windows key +R. In the run dialog box, type "regedit" (without the quotes).

Before making any changes, I always recommend "exporting" the entire current registry to a file on your desktop, in case you make a mistake. You can restore the original registry you changed with this exported copy. The export command is located in the “File” menu.

Once you have exported the current registry,

expand: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\ CurrentVersion, by clicking on the arrows to expand the individual keys.

Make sure you click on CurrentVersion (it should be highlighted). On the right side, double click on ProgramFilesDir (this is the value that sets the default install location for programs).

Change its "value data" to D:\Program Files (“D” or whatever drive letter your HDD is)

With an x64 OS: There is an additional entry for ProgramFilesDir (x86). This "value data" should be changed to D:\Program Files (x86).

Just for reference, (this happens automatically… no user input required):

In a 32 bit installation, all programs are installed to the “Program Files” directory.
In a 64 bit installation, 64bit applications are installed to “Program Files”, and 32 bit applications are installed to “Program Files (x86)”

After the registry change, all program install routines will install their programs onto the secondary HDD by default. If you want a program to install to the SSD, you will need to do a “custom” install, and specify the location; (Program Files” or “Program Files (x86)”) on your C:\ drive (the SSD). If you don’t specifically specify a location, the program will end up on your secondary HDD. There are a few exceptions where an installer will force the program onto your C:\ drive (the SSD). Microsoft is notorious for this.

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Edited by Sikozu - 12/7/12 at 7:27am
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