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Hello, ive formatted my PC and i want to keep it clean/fast as long as i can.

Should I install software/apps like, Codec-Packs, Ccleaner, Utorrent, Download manager, 7zip/wWnRar and alike in other directory rather than (C) which is my OS directory?

I have installed Windows in (C) Directory and I always installed Software/apps in (C) and games/music/video into (D) Now I wonder if its going to effect the boot time and make it faster if i install the Software/apps in D?

Thanks.
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I personally just install my software in their respective default directories (i.e. "Program Files (x86)" or "Program Files") unless I see a reason not too (e.g. weird default installation directory, not enough space on "C:\" drive, etc.). The main exception to this rule are games. I install all of my games on a dedicated "Games" drive (non-SSD).
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it all depends on what your hard drives are. If your running a SSD for windows C drive, and some old 5400 rpm hdd as D drive, then no installing it all onto C drive would be best. We need to know more information.
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I dont have SSD , its 1tb Western Digital Caviar Black.

In old way I had software/apps all on (C), except music/picture/video on (D) and I had games installed into (E) drive, all in their respective default directories.
Now i want to know if i should install software/apps into (D) rather than (C) for faster boot time & better performance, or it doesnt effect at all?
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I dont have SSD , its 1tb Western Digital Caviar Black.

In old way I had software/apps all on (C), except music/picture/video on (D) and I had games installed into (E) drive, all in their respective default directories.
Now i want to know if i should install software/apps into (D) rather than (C) for faster boot time & better performance, or it doesnt effect at all?

The letters are just associated to the corresponding hard drive or partition that you have available, C is no faster than D or E vice versa. The letters themselves are just drive names.

Now if you have an SSD assigned to E drive, and a 5400 RPM hard drive on D drive, and 7200 RPM hard drive on C drive then in this case:

E drive will be the fastest to read/write, then C drive, then D drive.

It depends on what hardware is assigned to what corresponding letter. The letters mean nothing though they are just names.
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The letters are just associated to the corresponding hard drive or partition that you have available, C is no faster than D or E vice versa. The letters themselves are just drive names.

Now if you have an SSD assigned to E drive, and a 5400 RPM hard drive on D drive, and 7200 RPM hard drive on C drive then in this case:

E drive will be the fastest to read/write, then C drive, then D drive.

It depends on what hardware is assigned to what corresponding letter. The letters mean nothing though they are just names.
Its only a single 1tb hard drive, ive separated into C/D/E and windows is installed into C directory.
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I dont have SSD , its 1tb Western Digital Caviar Black.

In old way I had software/apps all on (C), except music/picture/video on (D) and I had games installed into (E) drive, all in their respective default directories.
Now i want to know if i should install software/apps into (D) rather than (C) for faster boot time & better performance, or it doesnt effect at all?

Oh then if you just have your HDD partitioned to 2 partitions then it would make absolutely no difference where you install stuff, its still the same platter its going to be read from.
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Oh then if you just have your HDD partitioned to 2 partitions then it would make absolutely no difference where you install stuff, its still the same platter its going to be read from.
I didnt know that blushsmiley.gif
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Oh then if you just have your HDD partitioned to 2 partitions then it would make absolutely no difference where you install stuff, its still the same platter its going to be read from.

    Actually, it would make a difference.  A negative one in this case, because you would be imposing a large minimum seek distance on the HDD as it alternately reads application files installed on the 2nd partition and system/installed DLLs in the Windows system directory on the 1st partition.  This isn't even considering the page file (usually on C:\), which is used a lot more than most people think.  Unless space is an issue, I highly recommend to simply let your programs install in "C:\Program Files", which is the default, because this will reduce the average seek distance needed to load programs from your HDD.  Furthermore, with the programs and OS together on one partition, you could further reduce the seeking distance if you defragmented your C:\ drive with a smart defragmenter like MyDefrag that moves these frequently accessed files close together, effectively short-stroking your HDD. thumb.gif

    Now if you had two separate HDDs that were both decently fast, it would be advantageous speed-wise to install your programs on the other drive, because the two HDDs would be able to seek independently of each other. smile.gif
 
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