Need help with new build!! SSD + HDD

Hey there!

I just finished the creation of my new build and it is epic <3

Problem is I am struggling with balancing my SSD and HDD

My set up is having Windows 7 (and eventually key apps) on SSD and other programs, downloads, movies etc on my HDD

Problem is, I dont have a clue what I am doing, and everything I install/download/have is on the SSD

Some programs let em pick a directory to install to but some just go ahead and use my C:// drive

My question is: HOW DO I CHANGE THE HDD TO BE MY PRIMARY HARD DRIVE? IN THE SENSE OF INSTALLATION AND USER FOLDERS ETC

I dont want my APPDATA and temp folders to be on my SSD and clog it up, plese help!!!!!
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  1. you have to on the hard drive make a folder called games and one called apps or programs. then when the programs install you have to do a custom install and tell them to install in D:\games or D:\apps folder. i know it sucks that most apps default to c.
  2. I had my own system for moving stuff, BUT DjScribbles had a way better link.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/286458-32-ssds-info-please#t1937735
    lists this link
    http://lifehacker.com/5467758/move-the-users-directory-in-windows-7

    As for a program that went ahead and installed on the SSD, you can copy it to a new location empty its older folder and create a junction with this.

    http://www.rekenwonder.com/linkmagic.htm

    I used this to move programs from hard drive to SSD, but it works both ways.

    Copy the file to its new location.

    Lets say

    c:\program files\app1 <- mode this to the new location but leave its empty folder
    to
    d:\programs\app1 <- link to this.

    After all is said and done, the program or game will still be seen as on c: so reinstalling is not needed and it is easy to move it back in the future by breaking the junction and re-copying to its old folder.

    To this day, I have many things moved about in this way(So I can use more then one SSD to old steam games :) ).

    I also use this method to make Win8 use the same steam folder as win7 without any reinstalling. Just installed steam then created a junction to my Win7 steam folder.

    Please take care not to mess with Junctions that are already on a system as you can mess things up real good.
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