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Multi-Drive Setup - Default Storage - Management

  • Windows 8
  • Storage Management
  • Storage
  • Hard Drives
Last response: in Windows 8
August 2, 2014 2:27:10 PM

Just finished partitioning and formatting my 1TB HDD for my new computer. I installed Windows 8.1 on a 128GB SSD that I will use for programs (and games). I want to use the HDD for everything else, including pictures, movies, music, downloads (including not-yet installed programs) and documents.

I like the User setup Windows implements. Pictures, movies and all that all have their own default directories that are recognized by most programs and--more importantly--Windows. I want to keep that, but just have it on the other drive. I thought about mimicking the directory layout [Users > User Name > Sub-directory], but figured it wouldn't link everything like the other folders do. I considered just copying the whole Users directory buuuuut that seems like a bad idea. I also thought about just putting a shortcut in the original directory that links it to the other drive, but that just seems dumb. Are there any official/clean ways to do this? Help would be appreciated greatly.

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August 2, 2014 2:34:26 PM
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August 2, 2014 4:28:11 PM

AsymptotelyImpaired said:

Awesome! That works great for the docs and stuff, but what about the hidden folder appdata? Should I do that one too, or no?

Leave it. I also have a 120GB SSD as the boot, and have not messed with that at all.
Win 8.1 Pro, and ALL applications on the SSD. ~61GB used, leaving plenty of free space.