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I've noticed that when I'm playing some games, it likes to write a file into those folders, then delete it after I close the game.

I checked my SSD's stats and apparently it's written over 640GB. Is that considered high for an SSD?

Anyways, I heard I needed to do something like symbolic links or directory links or something. I'm not sure.

What I want to do is make it so that whenever a file is written to the AppData and ProgramData folders, it'll be written onto my HDD instead of my SSD.

How would I go about doing that?
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You have to change environment variables: Change System Folders The link is for Vista but the information is still pertinent with Windows 7.

A word of caution though, some installers might have issues installing with modified system folder locations.
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All I have to do is input the new destination, right?

EDIT: And what about ProgramData. I don't see that in the list. How would I move that?
Edited by AverageGai - 2/3/11 at 4:50pm
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I've noticed that when I'm playing some games, it likes to write a file into those folders, then delete it after I close the game.

I checked my SSD's stats and apparently it's written over 640GB. Is that considered high for an SSD?
I very much doubt that 640GB figure is accurate. Personally I don't worry about the ProgramData or AppData folders, let stuff write what it will, those programs which use it are getting a nice speed up from doing so and the huge likelyhood is that the SSD will be utterly out of date before any of it matters.

Many take a different approach and in fact take a look at the sticky at the top descripting how to transplant the entire users folder (including AppData and ProgramData folders) over the an alternative drive. You'll need to fresh install though, but it will do what you want.
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I very much doubt that 640GB figure is accurate. Personally I don't worry about the ProgramData or AppData folders, let stuff write what it will, those programs which use it are getting a nice speed up from doing so and the huge likelyhood is that the SSD will be utterly out of date before any of it matters.

Many take a different approach and in fact take a look at the sticky at the top descripting how to transplant the entire users folder (including AppData and ProgramData folders) over the an alternative drive. You'll need to fresh install though, but it will do what you want.

Well... according to Intel SSD toolbox's SMART information, it says it's written 640ish GB. It seems really high, but I'm not sure if I can doubt it at the moment as I just found out yesterday that every time I play GRID or DiRT2, the games write a 2GB replay.pbf file into the ProgramData folder. Then it deletes it when I exit the game. This process repeats every time I play the game.
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Well... according to Intel SSD toolbox's SMART information, it says it's written 640ish GB. It seems really high, but I'm not sure if I can doubt it at the moment as I just found out yesterday that every time I play GRID or DiRT2, the games write a 2GB replay.pbf file into the ProgramData folder. Then it deletes it when I exit the game. This process repeats every time I play the game.
Ouch, yes that would explain it. That's pretty brutal, I suppose the 640GB write figure becomes more believable in that case. If you can't disable that from occuring then I'd try to symbolic link the folder that happens in to a different drive.
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In order to do that, you can set up a "junction" in windows so that it will point it to another directory.

More information here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb896768

kinda like links in linux. The program thinks it's accessing the file one place, but the filesystem has pointed it somewhere else.

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