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October 21, 2011 2:33:56 PM

So i have an ssd for a boot drive and a 1tb hdd. When downloading files sometimes I'm not given the option on where i want to save it and it automatically saves to c which is my ssd. Is there any way I can changethat to the E drive?

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October 21, 2011 2:57:25 PM

if you need more space on your SSD, check out space sniffer. It will help find all that lost space on your SSD and free up some room.

Be sure to shrink your page file (if you have enough RAM) and turn off hybernation!

spacesniffer - http://www.uderzo.it/main_products/space_sniffer/

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October 21, 2011 3:24:29 PM

As you indicated, some times not given a choice, or forget to change the path. And then there are the background down loads.
Most people just move the "my documents folder" under their user name.

Here is a way to Move the entire User (Your name) folder. A little involved.
Move entire user folder:
From post by ohdannyboy on December 4th, 2009 2:33 pm.
1. To most easily move all user files and user program files off your boot drive (an SSD in my case), follow these instructions.
FIRST, Create a restore point:
1. Open System by clicking the Start button, right-clicking Computer, and then clicking Properties.
2. In the left pane, click System protection. If you’re prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
3. Click the System Protection tab, and then click Create.
4. In the System Protection dialog box, type a description, and then click Create.
THEN: Go to System Recovery/Command Prompt:
Boot with the Win7 Install DVD, choose language, currency and keyboard, and hit Next.
At the screen with the “Install Now” choose “Repair your computer”
You will be asked if you want to “Repair and Restart” by the System Recovery options, choose “No”.
Then Make sure that Windows 7 is listed as one of the installed OS’s available for recovery, and that it’s selected and then press next.
You will be given a list of recovery tools.
Choose “Command Prompt”.
Find your virtual Windows drive loaded from the Win7 media (probably either C or X), find your actual Windows/SSD drive (D or E) and find your HDD (regular hard drive) (D or E).
In my system normally, C=SSD with Windows on it, D=HDD data drive
Using Win7 Update media, the drives in Recovery mode were set up differently, thusly:
X: virtual/temp Windows drive,
E: actual Windows/SSD drive,
D: HDD, hard drive I wanted to put \Users on.
Some report that System Recovery mode will set up their drives like this:
C: virtual/temp Windows drive
D: Actual Windows/SSD drive
E: HDD, they want to put /Users on.
In the command prompt you will be using Robocopy (NOT xcopy!) to copy c:\Users to d:\Users, then delete the old c:\Users, then make a symlink from c:\Users to D:\Users. Note that you must do these things in order, and you must not have a d:\Users dir before you do this.
NOTE: in the system recovery command prompt window, your drives are not the same as they will be after you leave recovery mode! So adjust the commands below for how the drives are in Recovery Mode, and then they’ll turn out correct later.
I used:
robocopy /mir /xj E:\Users D:\Users
To move /Users from Windows/SSD to HDD.
/mir tells robocopy to mirror the directories, this will copy all files and permissions.
/xj is very important, this tells robocopy not to follow junction points. If you forget this, you will have a lot of trouble.
Make sure no files failed to copy (FAILED column = 0).
Then you must remove the old Users Folder from the Windows/SSD (c:)  drive, before you can create the symlink:
I used:
rmdir /S /Q E:\Users
Create a NTFS Junction/symlink that points to the new Users folder:
I used:
mklink /J E:\Users D:\Users
Use the /J switch to create a junction that’s a hard symlink. (If you use the /D switch, you’ll also have to edit the registry, cuz it won’t be a hard link.) Using /J, when Windows looks for the C:\Users dir, it will find it! But it will be on the HDD instead of the SSD. Tricky!
To see the proof of what you’ve created, still in the command prompt window, go into the actual Windows/SSD and do the “dir” command, and you’ll see:
” Users [D:\Users]”
Now restart and you’ll see /Users on your HDD, and there you go. No further configuration or fiddling required. New user profiles will all be stored on the d: drive, as will any user specific data. And it is achievable without any messing about in the registry, searching and replacing values, or having to mess with new profiles in any way. Totally set and forget.


BEFORE YOU TRY THIS, go ahead and create a windows restore point, BUT ALSO play it safe and prior to doing use windows 7 back up and image your C drive.
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October 21, 2011 3:32:09 PM

Oh retired chief.. nice job..

totally gonna do that when i get home from work :) 
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a c 353 G Storage
October 21, 2011 3:35:05 PM

IF it works, report back as I have not done it, just found it using google search.

One other point - If works and happy make darn sure you redo that "C" drive image so that you do NOT have to repeat should you need to re-install windows at a later date.
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October 21, 2011 5:23:05 PM

rozz said:
if you need more space on your SSD, check out space sniffer. It will help find all that lost space on your SSD and free up some room.

Be sure to shrink your page file (if you have enough RAM) and turn off hybernation!

spacesniffer - http://www.uderzo.it/main_products/space_sniffer/


I've moved my page file to my 1tb hdd, ill download spacesniffer for future use though! Thanks.
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October 21, 2011 5:40:15 PM

tomatthe said:
I assume you are downloading through a web browser, you can change where things are saved to by changing the default save location.

Firefox - http://www.lytebyte.com/2008/05/27/how-to-change-defaul...

Chrome - http://www.tech-recipes.com/rx/3011/google_chrome_chang...

IE - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/258867

I've now done this and it seems to have fixed my problem, thanks!

Eventually i'll probably check back and look at what retired chief said, it seems too involved for what im trying to accomplish though.
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October 28, 2011 12:07:15 AM

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October 28, 2011 12:54:16 AM

RetiredChief said:
IF it works, report back as I have not done it, just found it using google search.

One other point - If works and happy make darn sure you redo that "C" drive image so that you do NOT have to repeat should you need to re-install windows at a later date.


I tried this technique myself twice and both times had to do a reinstall... I had created restore points but hadn't taken an image of my c drive, and Windows became corrupted... Something about missing user data. If you can make it work, this would be an awesome solution.

I don't mean to hijack this thread, but I have been wondering something very similar - I have my data all on my HDD but I just realized that all my temp files (Internet files, os files, etc) created b ne os and various apps are probably being stored on my c drive (my SSD). Is there any way to fix that?
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October 28, 2011 1:43:54 AM

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