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Migrate windows 7 install to ssd, keep majority of installs on original hdd, is this possible?

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On my current system, I have a 2 TB HDD (1.2 TB of data used) with all of my files and OS (w7 64 bit) on it. What I would like to do is switch the OS over to a 240 GB SSD, and keep things like program files and user data on the original HDD as to not fill up the SSD. Is there a simple method to do this?
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That majority of the folders that are in users/username you can right click on and change the directory where they are located. Appdata is not one of those folders but there is a way to link data to a folder on a separate drive but I don't know if appdata will work with that method or not but I don't see why it wouldn't... I forgot the technical term for that process.

Someone may have a better way for you to do this but if not this may help.

If you have a third drive I would start right clicking on those folders in users/username like mydocuments, music, pictures, desktop and start migrating them over to that other drive. Your goal I suppose is getting what is on that drive down to an amount you are okay with having on the SSD you may want to uninstall certain large programs that you don't need to be on an SSD. If you use steam you will probably want to uninstall it and then later re-install it with games that you don't need to have on the SSD on a separate drive and only the ones you want on the SSD actually there.

Anyways once the drive is trimmed down you could use one of the many available softwares to duplicate that info onto the SSD.

It needs to be capable of aligning it on the SSD (I think) and I think that paragon makes software that can move things from a standard drive to an SSD correctly. It will say so if I am thinking of the correct software.

Anyways I hope that helps and if no one else comes up with some better ideas or gives you the link to the process of linking the data on one drive to show as a folder on another drive then at least you know that it is possible to do so.



If you do a fresh install of windows onto the SSD then you can either use software designed for migrating data from another install of windows along with the method I said about right clicking on those folders and changing the locations. You may not have to do both.

From now on you know that desktop, mydocs, music, pictures, contacts, favorites, and more do not need to be on the primary partition at all which should make things easier to manage. After a new install you just right click on the new folders windows just created in users/username go to the tab that says location and select the location of the folder on the other drive.

Oh and I just copy the folder appdata over to the new install whenever I have to do something like that... which will not make your programs move over but will keep the majority of the settings once you re-install them.
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As a slightly related question, if I were to run a program off the the SSD as just another drive (IE D:) would the fact that I am running the OS on a HDD hinder the performance of the program on the SSD?
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No not really... it could if for some reason it by default cached to the C drive also if your page file is on the C drive and it actually end up getting used but as far as loading it then no it would load just as fast.

As to the whole page file thing there are people who say don't have a page file on a SSD (because it will wear it out quicker blah blah) and there are people who say don't have a page file and then there are people who say go ahead and have it on the SSD.

You should read into it and make the decision yourself I am not going to start an SSD and Cache discussion for others to blab about lol.

Anyways...

What motherboard do you have?

If it is a newer intel board you can assign 64GB or less of that drive to the intel caching system which I assure you is a proven system. It will cache things that are on the main drive that get used a lot and give you a similar performance to having the entire 2TB HD as if it was actually an SSD and it works seamlessly and without you doing anything.

You can then install whatever you want on the remaining area of the SSD. It is called Intel Smart Response Technology or Intel Smart Response. It really for the most part only helps with application and game load times but that will boost everything on your standard HD and give you a ton of room left over for installing full applications on.
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