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is it safe for drivers to be installed on a different hard disk other than your Windows 7 drive? e.g. GPU/Mobo/Sound drivers on your secondary HD to optimize storage space on your ssd.

Reason is I'm in the middle of putting my Windows 7 on a diet, shrinking using vLite and when I'm up and running again would not mind saving a little extra space by banging my drivers on the secondary drive. (if this is safe ofcourse).
    
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I don't see how it wouldn't be safe. However, I've never done it before so I'm not sure if it would work. I thought you had to install drivers on the HD that has Windows installed on it.
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I'm unsure. Google doesn't yield any clear answers at the minute - hoping one of you nerds would know.. jk
    
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I'm unsure. Google doesn't yield any clear answers at the minute - hoping one of you nerds would know.. jk
i'm not sure its "safe" cause i don't believe it is possible...how much space you thinking you are going to be saving? best thing to do is rip out all the "extra" drivers that come with windows thru the nlite, reinstall, and then install the bare minimum of the drivers you use when it comes to that part of the reinstallation...your sound card and video card should be your largest driver installation, cause they install all the extra programs (like their mixers for the audio and additional codecs, and your graphics install their own sets of different codecs, then their control panels, and anything additional the graphics card might come with, not sure if amd's install any additional stuff like nvidia does which has cuda and physix.) those with the chipset/additional drivers, might take up a whole 200 megabytes, probably less tbh...

i guess what you could do is create a small 4 gb partition on a second harddrive, boot into say ubuntu livecd, copy over /windows/sysWOW64/DriverStore over to the 4 gb partition, then delete it from the ssd, boot into windows safe mode, and use disk management to do a "folder" mount to windows/sysWOW64/Driverstore on the 4 gb partition instead of allowing windows to assign it a drive letter...but i have no idea how well this works, as i am not sure when windows does its mounting or when it starts loading up the drivers from the registry entries, so it might not work cause it might mount the drive to the folder after windows begins to load drivers from the registry, which in that case it will bsod on you.
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Windows won't even detect the drivers. Had to re-download all my drivers after I got my SSD...
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I would say ...while you say install drivers in different HD ... I think you mean the program that come with the driver... I think you can install in different driver.... but the main driver will have cache under your boot drive..anyway..
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