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Trying to transfer ALL files but OS from SSD to HDD (Program files, the whole shebang.)

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  • Hard Drives
  • Storage
  • Windows 8
  • SSD
  • Storage Management
  • Operating Systems
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December 15, 2013 8:33:19 AM

I want everything on my HDD. Everything that isn't absolutely necessary for the OS (which should be on my SSD).

I started my build up for the first time yesterday and put Windows 8 onto the SSD. I know that I can just make folders in my HDD for documents, etc. But, how can I make it so that any applications I download, apps I get from the App Store, Everything but OS is on my HDD?

Furthermore, how easy is it to put a game from Steam, for example, back on the SSD? I want to be able to put a game I'm currently playing or play a lot on the SSD but not have it cluttered with every single program file I get.

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December 15, 2013 9:15:27 AM

Whenever you download something to install, it will ask for where it will be installed, just redirect the path to your HDD, it will install/store on your HDD.
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December 15, 2013 10:25:38 AM

lonewolf7 said:
Whenever you download something to install, it will ask for where it will be installed, just redirect the path to your HDD, it will install/store on your HDD.


Alright. Is there anything else I can do to reduce what's already on the SSD? For example, everything that I download off of the Windows App Store just goes straight to a mysterious location, presumably on the SSD. Would moving over the Program Files and x86 folders from SSD to HDD help, or no?
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December 15, 2013 11:35:58 AM

Basically any windows application or update will go to C:/ drive by default. So moving Program Files from SSD to HDD will not help. It can be done by a registry hack, but I don't recommend that.

And yes you can gain some more space by uninstalling third party programs from SSD. You can also turn off the hibernation option, will gain you some more GB.
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