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I'm kind of new to the SSD technology so this might be something that most people already know. I discovered how to do this kind of by accident.

 

When I bought my first SSD about 3 months ago I got a OCZ Vertex 2 120GB drive. 120 GB is not really that big for todays needs, but SSDs are expensive so I didn't want to wear it out with too many writes so I did a couple of things to help preserve its life.

 

1. I didn't want the Paged memory, (aka Virtual Memory) files to thrash the disk.

2. I only wanted the SSD to hold the OS and Programs on it, No data.

 

What is the best method for this? While reading about SSDs I read that you don't really need virtual memory because the SSD is fast enough without it. So I turned it off. I went into the Windows Virtual Memory and set it to "No Paging File". That took care of the Page files. No Virtual Memory pounding the drive with write after write.

 

Secondly I wanted to store My data off the SSD to keep all the SSD space for Programs and the OS. So was going to make a folder on another spinning disk and just store things there, but I thought that eventually a bunch of stuff would find its way to the SSD when I was lazy or in a hurry, so I decided to use the Windows Disk Manager to attach (mount) my spinning drive as a "Drive Path" folder (maybe also called a extended partition? Not sure what else it is called), so the drive became the folder C:\users2. All the default data folders on Windows 7 are normally stored in C:\users. The next thing I did was to go into my User folder, 'Fred', where Documents, Music, Pictures, Downloads, and Videos are located. In those folders properties tabs is a tab called 'Location'. If that tab is opened the folder can be moved to a new location by changing the path in the dialog inside that tab. My new location for those folders then became C:\users2, and those folders still appear in the User folder, 'Fred', on my desktop and all those folders can still be added to the library, all Transparent to the user.

 

Now my spinning disk holds all my data by default without having to remember where to store it and my SSD holds all my OS and Program files. An added benefit to this method is that you can detach that folder and re-mount it with all your data on another PC when you upgrade.

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If you are speaking of changing the default path of the folders, yes that is a common practice. Windows really doesn't care if you do that just don't do it with the Program Files folder as Windows expects it to be in only one place.

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I'm kind of new to the SSD technology so this might be something that most people already know. I discovered how to do this kind of by accident.

 

When I bought my first SSD about 3 months ago I got a OCZ Vertex 2 120GB drive. 120 GB is not really that big for todays needs, but SSDs are expensive so I didn't want to wear it out with too many writes so I did a couple of things to help preserve its life.

 

1. I didn't want the Paged memory, (aka Virtual Memory) files to thrash the disk.

2. I only wanted the SSD to hold the OS and Programs on it, No data.

 

What is the best method for this? While reading about SSDs I read that you don't really need virtual memory because the SSD is fast enough without it. So I turned it off. I went into the Windows Virtual Memory and set it to "No Paging File". That took care of the Page files. No Virtual Memory pounding the drive with write after write.

 

Secondly I wanted to store My data off the SSD to keep all the SSD space for Programs and the OS. So was going to make a folder on another spinning disk and just store things there, but I thought that eventually a bunch of stuff would find its way to the SSD when I was lazy or in a hurry, so I decided to use the Windows Disk Manager to attach (mount) my spinning drive as a "Drive Path" folder (maybe also called a extended partition? Not sure what else it is called), so the drive became the folder C:\users2. All the default data folders on Windows 7 are normally stored in C:\users. The next thing I did was to go into my User folder, 'Fred', where Documents, Music, Pictures, Downloads, and Videos are located. In those folders properties tabs is a tab called 'Location'. If that tab is opened the folder can be moved to a new location by changing the path in the dialog inside that tab. My new location for those folders then became C:\users2, and those folders still appear in the User folder, 'Fred', on my desktop and all those folders can still be added to the library, all Transparent to the user.

 

Now my spinning disk holds all my data by default without having to remember where to store it and my SSD holds all my OS and Program files. An added benefit to this method is that you can detach that folder and re-mount it with all your data on another PC when you upgrade.

 

If you do a fresh install of Win7 onto an SSD, the installer will automatically make the changes you mentioned, plus others, to help preserve SSD life. Very nice feature IMHO.

 

If you are speaking of changing the default path of the folders, yes that is a common practice. Windows really doesn't care if you do that just don't do it with the Program Files folder as Windows expects it to be in only one place.

 

I actually have 2 sets of Program files and Program Files (x86) folders, one set on C: and the other on D:. When I install a program that I don't want to take up SSD space, I just change the default install location by changing the 'C' in the path suggested by the installer to a 'D'. So far, it's working like a charm.

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I actually have 2 sets of Program files and Program Files (x86) folders, one set on C: and the other on D:. When I install a program that I don't want to take up SSD space, I just change the default install location by changing the 'C' in the path suggested by the installer to a 'D'. So far, it's working like a charm.

 

jmwills was talking about the default program files. Do not change it. You just duplicated the folder, not the contents, on the spindle.

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jmwills was talking about the default program files. Do not change it. You just duplicated the folder, not the contents, on the spindle.

 

Not sure exactly what you mean, but I can say that there was never any intention of changing the default Program Files location.

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