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[Help]Built a friend a computer with a SSD and an HDD, questions about software requiring space on the C drive

Hello. I built a friend a computer a while ago. I read about people loading Windows onto a smaller-sized SSD for fast boot times, so we went ahead and tried that. The drive is only 32GB, so it pretty much only has space for the OS, which is usually fine, as we also put a 2TB HDD in there. The problem is, when he goes to install certain things (as of right now, Final Fantasy 14 downloaded from steam), regardless of where he designates the file be installed to, it REQUIRES him to free up 1400MB of space on the C drive (the one he ISN'T installing it to). Is there a way to fix this problem so the computer stops trying to force things onto the C drive? Or at the very least, what are some unimportant things he can delete from a typical C drive so I can let him know what's safe to go ahead and just delete so he can at least play his game.

Thanks in advance.
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  1. He must not be doing the install correctly. When offered the location for the pgm. to be installed at, browse for the HDD and choose it instead. Sometimes you may have to "add a folder", although most of the time just choosing the HDD will be enough.
  2. clutchc said:
    He must not be doing the install correctly. When offered the location for the pgm. to be installed at, browse for the HDD and choose it instead. Sometimes you may have to "add a folder", although most of the time just choosing the HDD will be enough.


    He's in fact choosing the correct HDD, but soe some reason, game update files want to go into the C drive for some reason. Here's another thread I found with a similar problem, yet we tried to follow those steps and so far have moved over his Program Files folder to the other drive, but are unable to actually then delete the old files, so we didn't end up saving any space.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/262429-32-stop-programs-installing
  3. Solved. I did a disc cleanup of the system files and it freed up enough space. Seems like a temporary fix though.
  4. nintelevision said:
    Solved. I did a disc cleanup of the system files and it freed up enough space. Seems like a temporary fix though.


    Is this the only game/program you had trouble getting fully directed to the HDD? I'm suspecting that the game may have some aspect of it that requires that part of it be installed on the boot drive.
  5. 32Gb is barely enough room for the OS to function.

    You might consider getting a bigger drive, SSD prices have come down a LOT. You could get a 128Gb drive for like $50-60.
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    Quick Tip: Google how to go into the registry and change the default user profile location to the non SSD storage.

    Then create a new user that will have all things (appdata, savegames, etc) automatically stored on the non-SSD drive. This will ensure that nearly any and all temporary files that would normally get stuffed onto the C:\ in the users profile will instead be placed on the other drive where space is plentiful.

    If you don't do that then your applications and games will quickly fill up the space on that SSD and you will run into problems.

    Honestly, if gaming is your focus then I wouldn't really care about where my O/S is stored, I would be more concerned about where my games are stored. My PC, for example, is 7 years old and needs to boot from a standard drive (RAID-10). I installed a 256GB SSD just to install my games from Steam and Origin. This has drastically improved all my load times. I really don't care if I have to wait an extra minute for my O/S to boot as long as my load times in games are reduced to nothing.
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