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  1. Megahertz's Avatar
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    Windows 7 HP 64 - Windows 10 Pro - Lubuntu
       #11

    I also have a small SSD (128G) for windows and programs on a 88G partition and Linux on a 40G partition. Works very well.
    I have installed small SSDs +HDDs in 6 desktops and laptops using Crucial BX500
    A 120G SSD cost less than US$25 and is all you need to have the speed of a SSD and the space of a HDD.

    So answering OP questions:
    - Yes you can use a 120G SSD for windows and programs and use the HDD for data.
    - Yes you can install some programs to the HDD (as long as the installation wizard asks where you want to install)

    To do so (general lines):
    - you must first make a backup of ALL your data on the C: partition to an external drive.
    - Delete all data on C: till your C: partition is less than 80G
    - Clone disk 0 into the the 120G SSD.
    - Detach the HDD and test the SSD
    - Delete all partitions on the HDD, create a new partition, format it and restore the saved data on the HDD.
    - Create new links on the Library to point to the data on the HDD or you can move C:\Users to D:\Users (HDD)
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  2. Berton's Avatar
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    Win10 Pro Versions 2004 and 2009/20H2, Win10 Pro IP_Dev, Win10 Home 1909
       #12

    My latest purchase is a Dell Latitude 3340 13" Notebook with a 128GB SSD. After 2 months use for Internet access and saving downloads I still have 79GB free. It does help save space if I transfer large files such as Linux LiveDVD .iso files to a NAS drive connected to my Router, or I could use a WD My Passport drive.
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  3. bobkn's Avatar
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    Win 10 X64 Pro 20H2 19042.685
       #13

    I doubt that there are any easy solutions to this that don't require the expenditure of a lot more funds than the cost of the small SSD.

    (The hard solution would be to install the SSD and do a clean install of Windows 10 on it. All software, settings, etc. would have to be re-installed. That may not be possible if the OP is using pre-installed software that came with the PC.)

    Everyone should have a backup drive for critical data. Presumably the OP doesn't have one. I'd make that a priority, above adding an SSD.

    That aside, a 120 GB SSD should be large enough to hold Windows and a number of programs. (Don't install your 50GB games on it. Put them on the spinner.) That, combined with an HDD for data, should be adequate for most of us.
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  4. Posts : 12
    Win10 Home 64bit v1809 OS Build 17763.973
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       #14

    NavyLCDR

    I also can uninstall programs to make space for the partition since I'll reinstall them anyway. I found my programs total about 45GB in space, if I add up: C:\ProgramFiles (3GB), PC:\Program Files (x86) (27GB), C:\ProgramData (4GB), and my personal programs folder C:\Users\perigalacticon\Applications (20GB). These are the uncompressed sizes, probably 35GB compressed. My users folder is 220GB, does this mean anything?

    I see C:\Windows is compressed, most of the folders with are compressed... Everything is running as normal however. I just simply checked the "Compress this drive to save disk space" option on the properties menu of C: It took about 24 hours to run, but I gained 30GB space.

    Do you think I have to uncompress anything to install the SSD?
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  5. NavyLCDR's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro
       #15

    If your user data files (Video, Pictures, Downloads, Documents, etc) is 220GB, then moving them to a D: drive partition will solve your problem. That will make your existing C: drive partition used space small enough to clone over to a 120GB SSD.

    Compressed v. uncompressed won't matter.
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  6. Ztruker's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro X64 20H4 19042.746
       #16

    Wait until you can afford a 240GB SSD. A 120GB SSD is going to be a PITA in the future.
    Amazon has 240GB Sata III SSDs for $28, only $10 more than a 120GB SSD. May not be top of the line but decent quality.
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  7. CountMike's Avatar
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    W10+Developer Insider + Linux
       #17

    I have an 120GB SSD and windows insider installed on it. Installed full MS Office and many programs (except games" that I have on "normal" W10 on a 250GB SSD, I don't keep any personal files on same disks as OS, much safer like that. Together with games, personal files and downloads are disk space eaters.
    On that drive that I have insider windows on there's only 66GB used out of 111GB (formatted size).
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  8. Porthos's Avatar
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    Win 10
       #18

    CountMike said:
    I have an 120GB SSD and windows insider installed on it. Installed full MS Office and many programs (except games" that I have on "normal" W10 on a 250GB SSD, I don't keep any personal files on same disks as OS, much safer like that. Together with games, personal files and downloads are disk space eaters.
    On that drive that I have insider windows on there's only 66GB used out of 111GB (formatted size).
    For a user who understands disk usage and data on a separate drive 120 is fine. But the avg user with ONE hard drive 240 is a better start for most.
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  9. CountMike's Avatar
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    W10+Developer Insider + Linux
       #19

    Porthos said:
    For a user who understands disk usage and data on a separate drive 120 is fine. But the avg user with ONE hard drive 240 is a better start for most.
    If I had only one drive, even 1 TB would be too small but there are devices that have only 32GB and can still work with W10.
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  10. Porthos's Avatar
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    Win 10
       #20

    CountMike said:
    there are devices that have only 32GB and can still work with W10.
    Until Feature update time. At least if you do not know how to jump thru the hoops with a USB drive to facilitate the extra space needed for the feature upgrades.
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