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Hey guys,

Second time posting here. I got my computer all built and ready to run after a while of tinkering, but I've run into another problem here. Do you guys think you could help a newbie out?

So basically, I ended up formatting both of my hard drives (SSD and HDD) before I could get Windows 7 onto my SSD finally. The problem is, I never ended up assigning my HDD a new letter. So for the first week here or so, I've been saving mundane stuff onto my SSD rather than my HDD; my HDD wasn't accessible until I had assigned it a letter.

Anyways, so now my problem is that I want to transfer everything over to my HDD except for the boot partition from my SSD to my HDD. I know it's not as simple as a drag and drop (because I tried that haha...). And also, I was wondering if there was a way to prioritize my HDD for and saved data? Or if that's even necessary?

Thanks in advanced for all the help!
post #2 of 10

What exactly do you want to transfer from the Solid State Drive to the Hard Disk Drive?

 

What kind of "saved data" are you referring to?

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I mean, literally everything else other than my boot partition. Anything from my desktop, program files, literally everything else.
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I mean, literally everything else other than my boot partition. Anything from my desktop, program files, literally everything else.

 

May I ask why you want to do this?

 

Lots of people want to do this out of fear of wearing out their new Solid State Drive, but it's actually not necessary.

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Seeing as how my SSD doesn't have excess space, I wanted to reserve the space it has for certain applications, while using my HDD for everyday ordinary data.
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Seeing as how my SSD doesn't have excess space, I wanted to reserve the space it has for certain applications, while using my HDD for everyday ordinary data.

 

I don't want to touch Program Files because that's too sensitive.  However, you can move any folder inside of C:\Users\You by doing this:

 

  1. Right-click the folder (such as Desktop)
  2. Choose Properties
  3. Switch to the Location tab
  4. It should be self-explanatory from here, but post again if you get stuck

 

You can also free up extra space by disabling the Paging File and also disabling Hibernation.  For example, if you have 8 GB of memory, then this will free up approximately 16 GB because it would be 8 GB for the Paging File and 8 GB for the Hibernation file.

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post #7 of 10
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Excellent! Thanks. I'll make sure to give it a try when I get home.

So is it not a smart idea to try to move my program files?

In your opinion, what do you think should be kept on an SSD, and what should be kept on the HDD?
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Excellent! Thanks. I'll make sure to give it a try when I get home.

 

You're welcome!

 

 

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So is it not a smart idea to try to move my program files?

 

No, it can break everything.  I don't even recommend any tweaks that claim to change the default installation path because that can cause problems too.  I have come across too many people on here who followed some guide to change the default installation path and ended up with nothing but weird problems.  Each time I just recommended formatting and starting over and then keeping it simple.  It's better that way.

 

 

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In your opinion, what do you think should be kept on an SSD, and what should be kept on the HDD?

 

I don't really have any feelings on this.  For me, it's one of those things where I can only say that it's entirely up to you.  Personally, I prefer to keep all of my C:\Users\Me folders on my secondary drive (at least the ones that I'm using anyway) because that allows me to format and start over without having to back any of that stuff up because it's all on the secondary drive.  That's basically it for me.  I install what I can to my main solid state drive and whatever doesn't fit goes to the secondary.  Fortunately for me though, everything fits on the main one.

 

My secondary drive used to be a hard drive, but I changed it over to a solid state drive because I wanted a faster boot and reboot time.  I mean, once I experienced the faster boot time from the main solid state drive, I became greedy for more.  :)  Fortunately, m space requirements are low enough that I could afford to do this.

 

So anyway, I don't really have a good answer.  However, I will say that all drivers should be installed to C: no matter what.

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Hey again TwoCables. I couldn't seem to find the "location tab" under properties of any of the folders in the Users folder. Only General, Sharing, Security, Previous Versions, and Customize tabs are available to me. I'm not sure what to do...
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Hey again TwoCables. I couldn't seem to find the "location tab" under properties of any of the folders in the Users folder. Only General, Sharing, Security, Previous Versions, and Customize tabs are available to me. I'm not sure what to do...

 

Oh. Yeah, I wasn't clear enough. You have to go into your folder. For example: mine is C:\Users\Tim

 

Then you can right-click any of those folders such as Contacts, Desktop, Downloads, Favorites, Links, My Documents, etc. All of them are fair game. ;)

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