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August 31, 2013 11:27:17 AM

I have a Lenovo u410 ultrabook. It shipped with win8 written on the ssd and (apparently) everything else written to the hdd by default. I reinstalled windows 7 on the ssd and reformatted the hdd. Now, everything writes to the ssd by default and causes space constraints.

I manually moved over several folders and manually direct new programs to install on the hdd, but some programs don't give the option or end up with files on both drives. This doesn't seem like a long term solution.

How do I replicate the out-of-the-box ultrabook setup which uses the ssd for quick operation, but apparently writes everything to the hdd?


Also, I don't really understand what that setup is or it communicates across drives, so any detailed explanation would be much appreciated.

core i7
8 gb ram
25 gb ssd
1 tb hdd

thanks.

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August 31, 2013 12:14:17 PM

Unfortunately there is no way I'm aware of to do what your trying to accomplish, believe me I've looked. Google Chrome is a big offender, of all the advanced programs out there Google of all companies doesn't allow you to select what location you want to install at??? Steam used to be in the same boat but they recently patched it.

You only solution is to use junction points. After you create them the folders will appear as if they are in your SSD but they will really be located in your HDD. Here is the link to download along with instructions.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb89676...
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September 2, 2013 7:17:12 AM

Y0GI said:
See if you can use the info in this thread: http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-1783562/split-fi...

Yogi


Yogi, that is pretty much what I did. I made 4 registry edits, also, which seem to be effectively redirecting default program installs without issue (so far).

Go to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion
change the Program Files and Program Files (x86) to my B drive
Go to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Wow6432Node \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion
change the Program Files and Program Files (x86) to my B drive
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September 2, 2013 7:24:59 AM

dangelelli said:
Y0GI said:
See if you can use the info in this thread: http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-1783562/split-fi...

Yogi


Yogi, that is pretty much what I did. I made 4 registry edits, also, which seem to be effectively redirecting default program installs without issue (so far).

Go to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion
change the Program Files and Program Files (x86) to my B drive
Go to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Wow6432Node \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion
change the Program Files and Program Files (x86) to my B drive


That's great! I hope that solves your problem!

Yogi

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September 3, 2013 4:10:32 PM

Y0GI said:
dangelelli said:
Y0GI said:
See if you can use the info in this thread: http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-1783562/split-fi...

Yogi


Yogi, that is pretty much what I did. I made 4 registry edits, also, which seem to be effectively redirecting default program installs without issue (so far).

Go to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion
change the Program Files and Program Files (x86) to my B drive
Go to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Wow6432Node \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion
change the Program Files and Program Files (x86) to my B drive


That's great! I hope that solves your problem!

Yogi



Nope, didn't solve the problem. The appdata folder was filling up the boot drive and killing me. 25 gigs is too small for a boot drive of windows 8 enterprise 64. I broke down, called lenovo and found out that the ssd was used as a cache drive, which (hopefully) solves all my problems.
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