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June 23, 2014 4:01:42 PM

Using both SSD and HD on my laptop

I have bought 128 GB SSD Drive and I also have 320 GB Standard Hard Disk.

I'm planning to install my WIN7 OS on SSD and Softwares on HD.

I want to know if I install any programs on my HD, will it give me the same performance as SSD as programs are installed on OS, does the location matter?

My C Drive which contains my OS and few programs is occupying only 30 GB out of 156 GB.


so should I install all the programs on my SSD Drive to get the best performance? or it doesn't matter.

I can install OS and programs on SSD and use HD as storage for files, if the location does matter.

for example: If I install Microsoft Office on HD, will it give me the same performance or I should install most programs on my SSD drive so I can get the SSD drive performance.

I'm going to remove my optical drive and install my HD over there.



Edited: Do I also configure √Ąppdata to save directly to HD by tweaking registry? worth that hassle?.
June 23, 2014 4:05:10 PM

It is recommended to install games on your SSD for better performance (load times etc.) and the rest of your HD.
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June 23, 2014 4:17:31 PM

1. Do not teak the AppData location. Far more hassle that it is worth

2. OS and core applications on the SSD. On mine, OS and ALL applications apart from games on the SSD (same size as yours)

3. Add games to the SSD as size allows. Others on the HDD.

4. Redirect static files (Downloads, movies, music, etc) to the HDD. The you nott need to be on the SSD.
See these. No registry hack needed, simply changing in the Library properties.
Win 7 & 8: http://www.tomshardware.com/faq/id-1834397/ssd-redirect...
Win 8.1: http://www.tomshardware.com/faq/id-2024314/windows-redi...
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June 23, 2014 4:26:16 PM

USAFRet said:
1. Do not teak the AppData location. Far more hassle that it is worth

2. OS and core applications on the SSD. On mine, OS and ALL applications apart from games on the SSD (same size as yours)

3. Add games to the SSD as size allows. Others on the HDD.

4. Redirect static files (Downloads, movies, music, etc) to the HDD. The you nott need to be on the SSD.
See these. No registry hack needed, simply changing in the Library properties.
Win 7 & 8: http://www.tomshardware.com/faq/id-1834397/ssd-redirect...
Win 8.1: http://www.tomshardware.com/faq/id-2024314/windows-redi...




I only play Counter Strike 1.6 on steam. built-in graphic card 256mb cant upgrade it so cant add anymore high end games either.

in my case so I keep this game on SSD.
Thanks for the reply and the link to the post I'm checking that out.

I use chrome alot and firefox if things doesn't work on chrome but chrome primary.
so will install chrome on SSD and redirect downloads to HDD.

is it possible to redirect chrome downloads to HDD create shortcut in "Downloads Folder" for quicker access?

Edited: It's possible just found from the link.

what about the windows updates and all that stuff?
I turned on windows updates on my previous drive and its still 30 GB. I guess because most of my programs are on D-Drive.
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June 24, 2014 2:38:08 PM

USAFRet said:
1. Do not teak the AppData location. Far more hassle that it is worth

2. OS and core applications on the SSD. On mine, OS and ALL applications apart from games on the SSD (same size as yours)

3. Add games to the SSD as size allows. Others on the HDD.

4. Redirect static files (Downloads, movies, music, etc) to the HDD. The you nott need to be on the SSD.
See these. No registry hack needed, simply changing in the Library properties.
Win 7 & 8: http://www.tomshardware.com/faq/id-1834397/ssd-redirect...
Win 8.1: http://www.tomshardware.com/faq/id-2024314/windows-redi...




Can I install my SSD drive at my Optical Drive location with a cabbie?
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June 24, 2014 2:45:24 PM

Fawad N said:


Can I install my SSD drive at my Optical Drive location with a cabbie?


Can you install it from an optical drive? Yes.
Can you install Windows to an optical drive? No.
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June 24, 2014 5:43:51 PM

USAFRet said:
Fawad N said:


Can I install my SSD drive at my Optical Drive location with a cabbie?


Can you install it from an optical drive? Yes.
Can you install Windows to an optical drive? No.



No I didn't mean install it from an Optical Drive.
I'm going to remove my Optical Drive and place SSD there.

so I can use both HD and SSD because SSD is only 128 GB.

my actual question is do I replace it with Hard Drive and put my Hard drive at Optical Drive Location?
or it doesn't matter if I replace my Optical Drive with SSD.


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June 24, 2014 5:48:56 PM

Fawad N said:
USAFRet said:
Fawad N said:


Can I install my SSD drive at my Optical Drive location with a cabbie?


Can you install it from an optical drive? Yes.
Can you install Windows to an optical drive? No.



No I didn't mean install it from an Optical Drive.
I'm going to remove my Optical Drive and place SSD there.

so I can use both HD and SSD because SSD is only 128 GB.

my actual question is do I replace it with Hard Drive and put my Hard drive at Optical Drive Location?
or it doesn't matter if I replace my Optical Drive with SSD.




That depends on your particular device. Does it allow a hard drive in place of the ODD? Which will it see at the primary boot device?
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June 24, 2014 5:54:42 PM

USAFRet said:
Fawad N said:
USAFRet said:
Fawad N said:


Can I install my SSD drive at my Optical Drive location with a cabbie?


Can you install it from an optical drive? Yes.
Can you install Windows to an optical drive? No.



No I didn't mean install it from an Optical Drive.
I'm going to remove my Optical Drive and place SSD there.

so I can use both HD and SSD because SSD is only 128 GB.

my actual question is do I replace it with Hard Drive and put my Hard drive at Optical Drive Location?
or it doesn't matter if I replace my Optical Drive with SSD.




That depends on your particular device. Does it allow a hard drive in place of the ODD? Which will it see at the primary boot device?


there is option at bios to change boot priority, it does shows optical drive option there.
I'm thinking to use cabbie and place SSD in it and replace it with optical drive.

I think its easier to replace optical drive then replace hard disk, one two screws and it's out and just place it inside the cabbie and insert it.
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