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Hey everyone, I'm about to start putting together my new desktop and it's the first one i'm building myself. In it I'm going to have a 120gb ssd hard drive and a 3tb hdd drive. What I would like to do with this is install the os in a way that the only thing that will be on the ssd is the os and everything else that I install will be put on the hdd drive. I've heard from a friend that he has done similar but I don't really know how to do this. So if anyone could give me a run down of how to do this that would be great.

Also should I make a separate partition on the hdd for my page file?

If you need any more information about the system let me know and thanks in advanced for the help.
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Hey everyone, I'm about to start putting together my new desktop and it's the first one i'm building myself. In it I'm going to have a 120gb ssd hard drive and a 3tb hdd drive. What I would like to do with this is install the os in a way that the only thing that will be on the ssd is the os and everything else that I install will be put on the hdd drive. I've heard from a friend that he has done similar but I don't really know how to do this. So if anyone could give me a run down of how to do this that would be great.

Also should I make a separate partition on the hdd for my page file?

If you need any more information about the system let me know and thanks in advanced for the help.

 

All you have to do is install Windows to the Solid State Drive. Then, when you install a program, be in the habit of choose the Advanced, or Custom type of installation (or whatever it may be called). This will give you the option to install it to wherever you want, including the Hard Disk Drive. Now, this excludes drivers because drivers are best installed to the OS drive.

 

So this will be simple: you will put yourself in the driver's seat, always in full control of where anything you install gets installed. You don't have to worry about folder names either: as long as Windows knows where it is, it'll work. So, the root of the program's folders do not have to be named "Program Files" (for 64-bit programs), and "Program Files (x86)". They can be anything you want.

 

You may not even need a page file. Even so, you won't need to make a separate partition on the hard drive for it. You'd just put it on the hard drive and that's it. However, the page file is faster on a solid state drive. Again though, you may not even need it. I don't, and I haven't needed the page file since at least Windows XP.

 

How much memory do you have?

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I'm running 16gb from the start and planning on upgrading that to 32gb is the near future. (I got win7 professional so I could do that). Also if you care to know I will have duel graphics cards each with 2gb of ram.
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I'm running 16gb from the start and planning on upgrading that to 32gb is the near future. (I got win7 professional so I could do that). Also if you care to know I will have duel graphics cards each with 2gb of ram.

 

The more memory you have, the more space you're going to need on your drives for the Hibernation file and the Page File unless you disable Hibernation and change the size of the Page File. At their defaults, they will both match the amount of memory you have thereby requiring about 32 GB of space for 16 GB of memory, and 64 GB for 32 GB of memory.

 

With that much memory, it's very unlikely that you'll need a page file. If you want to disable Hibernation, then you'd just do this:

 

  1. Open the Start Menu
  2. Type cmd
  3. Right-click the matching result and choose "Run as administrator"
  4. Type the command powercfg -h off
  5. Press Enter
  6. If it worked, then you will just get another command prompt (no confirmation or error or anything)
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Alright thanks for that I had heard it was a good idea to turn off hibernate but I hadn't checked into how to do it.
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Alright thanks for that I had heard it was a good idea to turn off hibernate but I hadn't checked into how to do it.

 

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