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Mr. Pedantic

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#1 8 years ago

I'm going to jump on a new SSD, an OCZ Vertex 2E 60GB drive, which I want to use as an OS drive. The problem I have currently is that my OS is currently residing in my C partition, but most of my programs are on another partition, D, which also happens to have games, music, movies, etc. Basically I want to run both my OS and my programs (probably not games though) off the SSD, so I was wondering if there was an easy way to move my programs into C:\ and then move it across to the SSD. I have most of the installers still on the hard drive, so if there's no convenient way I could just uninstall and reinstall everything. But frankly, that's a pain and something I don't really want to go through.




Kilobyte

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#2 8 years ago

Its easy to do one or the other, not both.

You could image one drive, or the other over to the SSD, and assign that drive letter to the SSD.

You could create junctions to point to folders on the SSD, but this would fail if your hard drive failed. Also, you would loose some performance as the computer has to read the junction on the hard drive, and then the files on SSD. As such it is a poor solution.

The alternative is update the registry keys and ini files within Windows so that they point to your SSD. This is often an ongoing process, and does not work will all programs. Even with these corrected, the program may not uninstall, as the uninstallation files point to the old drive.




Mr. Pedantic

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#3 8 years ago

So...basically my best bet would just be to uninstall and reinstall my programs...? I'm using the Windows 7 Backup to make a disk image to restore on the SSD.




kow_ciller

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#4 8 years ago

Uninstall + reinstall is your best bet. I just did the same going from a raptor to a dino raptor and had the same problems.




*Daedalus

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#5 8 years ago

I'd agreed on the un/reinstall front. That's what I did with my SSD.

Guide * Windows 7 Ultimate Tweaks & Utilities *

^ Useful SSD tweaking guide. Basic things:

Disable pagefile Disable system restore, hibernation, shadow copies. A handy thing in that tweak guide is shifting the temp folder for IE/FF to your RAM, rather than your C: drive. Bumps up RAM usage - depending on how much you allocate, obviously - but makes things seem a little snappier.




Mr. Pedantic

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#6 8 years ago

So yeah. I've got the SSD in and working (no pics, sorry), but to be honest, I don't see that much of an improvement. CrystalDiskMark, HDTach, and ATTO all show the SSD is performing round about where it should, but it's not that much faster than before, though that could be because I just reinstalled the OS anyway.

But it was an annoyance to install. First the screws to attach the bracket to the HDD cage were too short, but then when I got screws from another 902 from the store, they were too big for the hole in the mounting bracket, so I had to mutilate the bracket with a power drill to get the screws to fit :( So then after I got that done I spent half an hour searching for (and not finding) SATA data and power cables, so I had to go back to the store I bought the SSD from to buy those for another $5 a pop (I found some later, in a box I'd walked past at least a dozen times in my search). And finally when I got everything in and done, I replaced the cover, plugged everything back in, and put the case back into it's little niche, when I realized I'd forgotten to plug the SATA cable in and I had to take everything back out just to plug in a connector. Took me the whole morning and half the afternoon as well. It's just not my day :p

I'd agreed on the un/reinstall front. That's what I did with my SSD.

Guide * Windows 7 Ultimate Tweaks & Utilities *

^ Useful SSD tweaking guide. Basic things:

Disable pagefile Disable system restore, hibernation, shadow copies. A handy thing in that tweak guide is shifting the temp folder for IE/FF to your RAM, rather than your C: drive. Bumps up RAM usage - depending on how much you allocate, obviously - but makes things seem a little snappier.

That's a nice site. Bookmarked.

I've already done most of the things on that list, actually. But I'd rather not disable Hibernation, I use it quite a lot.