What files should go to SSD and what goes to HDD?

By flygamer1
Jan 23, 2014
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  1. Just got my ssd yesterday and installed Windows 7 on it. I wasn't sure what files I should have on the ssd and which one I should have on hdd for storage. I got a gaming rig if that helps so I want games from steam example to go ssd. I also don't know how to transfer folders from the ssd to hdd I don't wanna mess up installations.
    Last edited: Jan 23, 2014
  2. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,559   +2,900

    At 4G+ a game you wouldn't be able to install many games before filling up a small SSD. I hope you purchased a large SSD.

    You can't just move folders to move applications. If you want them on HDD, you will need to install them to HDD. You do this by selecting the HDD during installation as a destination. If you simply move the folder, you will break registry entries and links all through the system.

    I'm the opposite as I've installed all my applications to SSD, except for Virtual Machines and Email. All my games are installed to HDD.
  3. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,920   +627

    How big is the SSD? Usual advice is: OS, productivity programs (Office, Photoshop, etc), all programs, games.

    In that order of priority.

    You shouldn't really be installing more than 1-2 games on an SSD.
  4. verneronomous

    verneronomous TS Enthusiast Posts: 38

    Yes St1ckM4n is right keep your games limited but that is exact list to use. I would also add that you should use a program such as SSD tweaker to optimize your SSD configuration. If you are not use to chaning the performance manually use that software it will optimize it to run more effectively. There are things such as defrag needs to be turned off, or the drive needs to be in AHCI mode that commonly you wouldnt know but SSD Tweaker does it for you. Check it very important.

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