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New install of windows 10, have two drives, how can I move the location of default install/users files folders?

Hey, I recently purchased a new PC, with an SSD and a HDD. I installed windows onto my SSD and I am wondering if I can move the pre-made folders (Like Users and Program Files) to my HDD so I can pick and choose the programs I would like to install onto the SSD.
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    Joe boyd said:
    Hey, I recently purchased a new PC, with an SSD and a HDD. I installed windows onto my SSD and I am wondering if I can move the pre-made folders (Like Users and Program Files) to my HDD so I can pick and choose the programs I would like to install onto the SSD.


    1. Do NOT move the /User/ folder. Bad things will happen.
    http://www.zdnet.com/dont-move-your-windows-user-profiles-folder-to-another-drive-7000022142/

    2. For other things, see this:
    Win 7 & 8: http://www.tomshardware.com/faq/id-1834397/ssd-redirecting-static-files.html
    Win 8.1 & 10: http://www.tomshardware.com/faq/id-2024314/windows-redirecting-folders-drives.html


    Overall though, don't try to force all your applications to be on the other drive. That is tossing away 1/2 the benefit of having the SSD.
  2. Not sure I understand your question, but I'll give it a try. Windows 10 and all associated "built in" programs, files, folders should remain on the SSD. If you want to install additional software it can be installed on the HD, and you can name the folders whatever you want. In windows almost everything is possible, just may not make sense or be worth the time, so the short answer is NO, don't move anything associated with the operating system or fresh install.
  3. USAFRet said:
    Joe boyd said:
    Hey, I recently purchased a new PC, with an SSD and a HDD. I installed windows onto my SSD and I am wondering if I can move the pre-made folders (Like Users and Program Files) to my HDD so I can pick and choose the programs I would like to install onto the SSD.


    1. Do NOT move the /User/ folder. Bad things will happen.
    http://www.zdnet.com/dont-move-your-windows-user-profiles-folder-to-another-drive-7000022142/

    2. For other things, see this:
    Win 7 & 8: http://www.tomshardware.com/faq/id-1834397/ssd-redirecting-static-files.html
    Win 8.1 & 10: http://www.tomshardware.com/faq/id-2024314/windows-redirecting-folders-drives.html


    Overall though, don't try to force all your applications to be on the other drive. That is tossing away 1/2 the benefit of having the SSD.


    As a side note then, some programs don't let you choose where you install them to, is there anyway to move where a program is installed once it's installed?
  4. Joe boyd said:
    USAFRet said:
    Joe boyd said:
    Hey, I recently purchased a new PC, with an SSD and a HDD. I installed windows onto my SSD and I am wondering if I can move the pre-made folders (Like Users and Program Files) to my HDD so I can pick and choose the programs I would like to install onto the SSD.


    1. Do NOT move the /User/ folder. Bad things will happen.
    http://www.zdnet.com/dont-move-your-windows-user-profiles-folder-to-another-drive-7000022142/

    2. For other things, see this:
    Win 7 & 8: http://www.tomshardware.com/faq/id-1834397/ssd-redirecting-static-files.html
    Win 8.1 & 10: http://www.tomshardware.com/faq/id-2024314/windows-redirecting-folders-drives.html


    Overall though, don't try to force all your applications to be on the other drive. That is tossing away 1/2 the benefit of having the SSD.


    As a side note then, some programs don't let you choose where you install them to, is there anyway to move where a program is installed once it's installed?


    Personally, I'd leave them on the SSD. Unless you did something silly like getting a 64GB drive, just leave them.
    Applications don't really take up that much space.

    You could mess around with junction points, but that is just unnecessary complexity for no real gain.

    Why the concern about applications on the SSD?
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