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Installed windows 8.1 on SSD (set to boot) but none of the things on my HDD are on the desktop or app center.

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January 16, 2014 1:17:55 PM

If I move files to my desktop they save to my SSD which I don't want. All I want is one game on my SSD and the OS on it aswell becides that everything else to go on my HDD
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January 16, 2014 1:23:01 PM

The desktop is part of the OS and anything you save there will save to the OS drive, i.e. your SSD.

If you want things on the HDD instead, drag and drop them there. And if you want to open them from the desktop, create a shortcut there from the HDD.
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January 16, 2014 1:25:36 PM

You can use the location tab on the desktop folder(or any users folders like documents/download/pictures/ect) in Windows 8.1 to set the desktop location to the hard drive. The tab is under the folder properties at c : \ users \ yourname here

Example Image. While this is 7, it is the same for 8/8.1


As for games, steam can make a library for games on the hard drive.

Programs and many non steam games should be installed fresh since they make registry entries that will not be on the new load of Windows 8. Most programs/games allow you to select an install location(sometimes under advanced install or custom install.).

as an example you would have

c : with windows
d : / your name / documents
d : / your name / desktop
d : / your name / downloads
d : / your name / ect
d : / Games / steam
d : / Programs /

Then you can set things up the way you want them.
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January 16, 2014 1:25:39 PM

Go into users and find your user name. You need to right-click each folder (Desktop; Documents, pictures, favorites, etc) and then select properties and then location tab and point it to the HDD.
What I noticed when you do this though, is that those new folders become accessible to everyone, so you will also have to change the permissions to those folders on the HDD.
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January 16, 2014 1:37:23 PM

RealBeast said:
The desktop is part of the OS and anything you save there will save to the OS drive, i.e. your SSD.

If you want things on the HDD instead, drag and drop them there. And if you want to open them from the desktop, create a shortcut there from the HDD.


I put shortcuts on my desktop but they only work once
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January 16, 2014 1:48:27 PM

nukemaster said:
You can use the location tab on the desktop folder(or any users folders like documents/download/pictures/ect) in Windows 8.1 to set the desktop location to the hard drive. The tab is under the folder properties at c : \ users \ yourname here

Example Image. While this is 7, it is the same for 8/8.1


As for games, steam can make a library for games on the hard drive.

Programs and many non steam games should be installed fresh since they make registry entries that will not be on the new load of Windows 8. Most programs/games allow you to select an install location(sometimes under advanced install or custom install.).

as an example you would have

c : with windows
d : / your name / documents
d : / your name / desktop
d : / your name / downloads
d : / your name / ect
d : / Games / steam
d : / Programs /

Then you can set things up the way you want them.


I click on desktop, find target, HDD drive, users, name, desktop but i can't select desktop i can only go into it.
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January 16, 2014 2:04:21 PM

This is not working, The OS is fast anyway can I just keep my HDD as default boot and only use my SSD to run the game or will I run into the same issue - I don't want to waste space on my SSD already
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January 16, 2014 2:20:53 PM

It just takes getting used to using a drive as only a boot drive for the o/s and manually pointing applications to install onto the HDD drive instead of the SSD.

There really is no point in having an SSD if you are not going to boot from it.
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January 16, 2014 2:34:07 PM

danny2000 said:
It just takes getting used to using a drive as only a boot drive for the o/s and manually pointing applications to install onto the HDD drive instead of the SSD.

There really is no point in having an SSD if you are not going to boot from it.


The problem is that I have everything installed on my HDD but I can't run them unless the HDD is the bootable disk for some reason. My drivers don't work, steam, origin, Google nothing and it is only a small ssd so I have to use my HDD for those things
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January 16, 2014 3:40:32 PM

You can't run old stuff installed from another OS install on the HDD on a new install on another drive without a re-install of the program.

With STEAM you can just reinstall the main app, and run the games from where they are located -- take a look at THIS.
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January 16, 2014 3:42:59 PM

RealBeast said:
You can't run old stuff installed from another OS install on the HDD on a new install on another drive without a re-install of the program.


So do I wipe my HDD (how exactly do I do that) and reinstall all the drivers on the HDD with the SSD on the bootup?
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January 16, 2014 5:30:30 PM

The best option for you is to reinstall your programs over the old location on the hard drive.

If the program or game has had many updates you do not want to re download and you have the space to do the following. You can rename the old game folder and add a 1 to it, then install the game and after all is done copy the old folder back over the new one(this will take patches and updates in one shot.).

As I said above, you can not run many programs without this because they have entries in the windows registry as well as files in the appdata folder that do not exist on the new drive.

As for moving the folder it does work, i do it all the time.

Open my computer and goto c : then click Users then your login name then right click the desktop folder and see if you can get it to work. The move button can even move whatever is on the current desktop to the new location.

The biggest problem with still having the old drive is it has all kinds of crap that will not be needed any more. This is why most users just wipe it out. The down side is you loose everything on the drive.
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January 16, 2014 5:33:01 PM

Yes, you would need to boot up with the o/s on the Solid State Drive.
I would then backup anything that you need to like pictures, music, documents, Internet Explorer favorites, and what not. If you have enough room on your SSD, just move those files to the SSD and then format the HDD within Windows.

What I did after formatting my HDD, was create a D:\Program files
and also a D:\Program Files (x86) directory on the HDD.
When you install programs from then on, just point it to one of those two directories. Normally, when you install something it will point to C:\Program Files or C:\Program Files (x86) when you go into the program's custom or advanced setup. When the C:\ path is show, all that you have to do is change the C: to D: or whatever your letter you have your HDD setup as in Windows.
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January 16, 2014 5:43:24 PM

If you do not have room to move things to the ssd, but have some free space on the hard drive you may be able to shrink its partition and create another after to move files onto then format the old windows load away and move the files back and extend the partition to take the full drive again.

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