Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in
Your question
Solved

Is it possible to put the operating system on the SSD, programs on Raid HDD?

Last response: in Storage
Share
January 17, 2014 4:16:13 AM

I want to put the operating system (Win 7 home premium) on my SSD (128GB Samsung) and then put programs on a 2X500 GB raid array (normal Seagate 7200 RPM drives).

1) Will this work? Will it be faster? (is it advisable?)
2) How do I do this (how will the operating system know where to go to get the program info? What do I do in setup?) I looked through the posts on here and there does not seem to be info on this setup / how to set it up.
January 17, 2014 4:19:11 AM

1) Yes it will work. The programs put on the HDD will not be faster but the OS and the programs put on the SSD will be faster.

2) While installing a program just manually change its directory to the HDD, I think there is also a registry edit you can do to automatically install all the programs to the HDD but not sure how to do it.
m
0
l
a c 750 G Storage
January 17, 2014 4:23:11 AM

A 128GB SSD can actually hold more applications than you might think, aside from games.

But yes, what you propose will work. Applications can be installed anywhere, as long as you tell it during the install. No moving it around later.

Question - why the RAID, and which RAID?
m
0
l
Related resources

Best solution

a b G Storage
January 17, 2014 4:36:35 AM

Yes. Yes. Somewhat yes.
I will edit this post when I get a minute but there is a nice tutorial I've used before that will help you. I'm on my phone atm.

Edit:

Step one:
Use this to keep only the OS, drivers, and some important apps on the SSD.
http://lifehacker.com/5467758/move-the-users-directory-...

Step two
Use this to optimize the capacity and speed of the SSD.
http://forums.mydigitallife.info/threads/36440-Windows-...

Step three
Use this to do a full optimization of the system.
http://www.overclock.net/t/1156654/seans-windows-7-inst...

The first link is by far the most important. Simply put, the users folder gets very large and takes up a lot of space. Moving that to the HDD and creating a softlink in the SSD tricks the system into thinking the users folder is in the same spot it should be on the SSD. In actuality the data is being stored on the HDD.

You can use this same process for the Program Files and Program Files (x86) folders once you have installed what you wanted to in the SSD. Note: once you do this you will not be able to install to those specific SSD folders unless you undo what you have done. I would recommend that if you did, just make a folder named something else (for example C:\Games) and install things to there rather than program files. This is helpful when programs don't ask you where they want to install and when you just want to breeze through installing lots of stuff.

Be sure to do step one. Step two is very helpful in extending the life and efficiency of the SSD. Step three is more for your own personal reading and peace of mind and is not necessary unless you would like to learn more about these things.
Share
February 1, 2014 3:20:31 AM

USAFRet said:
A 128GB SSD can actually hold more applications than you might think, aside from games.

But yes, what you propose will work. Applications can be installed anywhere, as long as you tell it during the install. No moving it around later.

Question - why the RAID, and which RAID?


Thanks for the helpful reply. I was going to use Raid 1 array with 2x 500GB Seagate 7200 rpm drives to speed up the read speed off those disks as well. I think after reading these replies / answers, I will put the OS and the user files on the SSD and maybe the one or two programs and games I use most at the time. Maybe the OS and MS Office will fit?, then maybe whatever Steam game I am currently using. I can always uninstall it and re-download another game from the Steam library later if I want something else on the SSD...

Thanks people.

m
0
l
a c 750 G Storage
February 1, 2014 3:24:42 AM

spiralsun1 said:
USAFRet said:
A 128GB SSD can actually hold more applications than you might think, aside from games.

But yes, what you propose will work. Applications can be installed anywhere, as long as you tell it during the install. No moving it around later.

Question - why the RAID, and which RAID?


Thanks for the helpful reply. I was going to use Raid 1 array with 2x 500GB Seagate 7200 rpm drives to speed up the read speed off those disks as well. I think after reading these replies / answers, I will put the OS and the user files on the SSD and maybe the one or two programs and games I use most at the time. Maybe the OS and MS Office will fit?, then maybe whatever Steam game I am currently using. I can always uninstall it and re-download another game from the Steam library later if I want something else on the SSD...

Thanks people.



Yes. A 128GB drive will easily hold the OS and Office. And then a game or two.
m
0
l
!