I'm sure there is a simple answer here, but I don't know how to phrase it so searches will return me the answer I want.
I got an SSD awhile ago, and have the OS successfully transferred and some optimization done. I mostly want it for the fast boot time and some commonly used programs to start quickly (chrome, hardware monitoring software, steam client but not games).
I however would like to keep most other things on my HDD (which still has win7 on it for now). Besides re-installing programs and games (I really want to avoid backing up save data such, there is a lot of it) is there a simple way to link from the SSD's programs folder to the HDD's program folder that isn't a shortcut. I believe there is a way to hardlink, but I forgot how.
Also, if I do the hardlinking of programs, will I still be able to start menu search things (been noticing it won't search the HDD when I boot up on the SSD OS).