Advice Windows install on SSD

dysfunction

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So I have bought myself a 128GB SSD which will be my Windows boot drive (Drive C: ).
Because it’s only a 128GB SSD I obviously need all my user and Program data on my regular 1TB drive (Drive D: ).

How do I get Windows to install all Programs and User stuff by default to the D: Drive? Some programs don't offer you the choice or they still shove stuff into Program Data folder.

Thanks!
 

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I have always done it with Junctions?? using a command like below.

mklink /J C:\Users\soze D:\Users\soze

When you open C:\Users\soze it is actually opening D:\Users\soze, It works with Program files too so your Apps can still Install to C but get redirected to D. But then you would need to figure out how to install the Apps you want on C onto C by using C:\Programs\ or something.
 

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I did it with junction points but really? you're worried on 128gb disk?

If you were tidy you could keep your user profiles and what not easily on a 64gb SSD. On 128 you will have NO problems. I went from 64 to 128 and moved everything back to the SSD with exception of my My Documents (easy, just move the library) and videos/music.
With shitloads of normal programs (office et al), shedloads of updates and what not, I've still got 50GB free. Don't be a plank! :)

I did use junction points with mklink on the 64gb unit but doing that with user profiles just slowed it down.
 

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Well I don't install loads of stuff but at present I am using this amount of data on my current HDD:

Windows 7 Folder:25GB
Program Files (x86): 58GB - I think most of that is due to Steam!!
Program Files: 500MB
ProgramData: 730MB
User\AppData: 5.6GB

Thats a total of around 90GB.

If I had to start installing more games etc that could easily get to the 128GB limit!

Can you get Steam to install to somewhere else??
I can't remember if it gives you the choice or not...If it does then I won't need to mess about!


Edit: Doing a quick Google search it looks like you can install Steam so it uses another drive other than C: which will work!

Then I just make sure all my Music/Videos/Photos etc are located on D:/ drive and Bob's your Uncle!
 

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just make your steam directory in d: you can do that in steam
 

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If thing go wrong just copy the steamapps folder. Uninstall steam, re-install on the D drive and launch it (so it creates the folder structure). Then exit steam and copy the contents of steamapps into the newly created steamapps folder
 

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What teedles said.

Just install as normal and then move the libraries to where you want them.


No junctions, no messing about, easy.
 

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I didn't properly exam what was taking up all the space.

Now I know it's Steam I won't install that to SSD and just install windows as normal! No fuss!
 

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